Charmat sparkles

Recognising a potential market, two Charmat method wines made from British grown grapes, were launched in 2017. Leading the charge are Flint vineyard in Norfolk and Fitz, a brand based at a winery in West Sussex. Vineyard finds out why the success of these two products has tempted more brands – some with significant volumes – to explore this exciting sector increasing the footfall of English wine drinkers.

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Here come the PIWIs

PIWI is a German abbreviation for Pilzwiderstandsfähig – which essentially means fungal resistant. These grape varieties have been bred and selected to have a high resistance to fungal diseases, so reducing the cost of inputs. Vineyard finds out why these innovative grape varieties have an important future in UK wine production. 

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