Chapel Down celebrates record harvest in 2014

We are delighted to announce a bumper harvest this year with the summer’s sensational weather resulting in record-breaking volumes of exceptional quality fruit.  Thanks to a long growing season, triggered by the early onset of spring, we have harvested more grapes than ever before, enabling us to produce almost one million bottles of wine from this year’s crop of fruit.

Furthermore, the warm summer weather has also generated a richer and fuller-flavour fruit development than has been seen in recent years. This, combined with a commitment to picking only the best grapes, has resulted in an exceptional vintage in both quality and quantity for Chapel Down.

Frazer Thompson, Chapel Down CEO, said: “I am certain that 2014 will go down in the history of English wines as something of a historic turning point.  We are delighted to announce the conclusion of our harvest which has surpassed expectations in both quality and quantity. Total tonnage of fruit received at the winery was up more than 40% on last year’s record harvest and the excellent class of the grapes picked will allow us to continue making still and sparkling wine of the very highest standard.

“Not only have we experienced a perfectly constructed harvest this year, giving us the tools to make wines which stand up to competitors, we’ve also seen enormous success with our recent crowdfunding initiative, which shows there is real appetite from consumers to invest in English wines. This is an incredibly exciting time for the industry and I’m thrilled that English wines are now being taken seriously on an international stage.”