The head winemaker at Nyetimber on moving to England from Canada to pursue her dream job
This week’s guest on The English Wine Diaries is Cherie Spriggs, Head Winemaker at Nyetimber in Sussex.
Cherie was born and raised in Canada and after completing a master’s degree at the Wine Research Centre in Vancouver she and her husband, Brad, who is also a winemaker, decided to follow their dream of working together at a winery that shared their passion for producing only the best sparkling wine.
Cherie had previously tasted Nyetimber and detected a texture and potential in the wine that she hadn’t experienced anywhere else in the world and knew that was where she wanted to work.
It was 2007 and, as luck would have it, Nyetimber, was looking for winemakers to join the team so the couple moved to England and have been making award-winning wines there ever since.
In 2018, Cherie won ‘Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ at the International Wine Challenge – which was not only the first time in history a winemaker from outside Champagne has won but the first time a woman has won this award.
We talk about serendipitous moments, the evolution of Nyetimber over the past 16 years and why the consumer journey is everything.
Find out more about Nyetimber by following @nyetimber on Instagram, @Nyetimberwines on Facebook or visit nyetimber.com.
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