Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Sour grapes for vintner hit by washout weather

It's official: 2012 has been a washout. You only have to speak to farmers, gardeners or organisers of any outdoor events up and down the country and you'll hear tales of woe, wet wet woe.

That's because of some of the worst summers in years which have resulted in sodden soils and rotten produce but perhaps we're not in as bad a position as the vintners of England.

One of the country's most prestigious winemakers, Nyetimber from West Sussex, has completely written off its 2012 grape harvest.

Not one bottle of wine will be made from the 2012 vintage because the owners don't want to compromise the brand's quality, one which is said to be on a par with Champagne.

That must have been a hard decision to make, particularly after so much money, and in particular time, had been spent on tending to the vines up until now.