Vines at La Mare Wine Estate, Jersey

More than 200 miles from England’s wine growing regions, Jersey’s vineyards have been affected by the same bad weather which has led UK producers to cancel production.

La Mare Wine Estate usually produces over 40,000 bottles of white, red, sparkling and rosé wine a year from its 10 acre site on Jersey’s north coast.

Tim Crowley, Managing Director La Mare Wine Estate, said: “We’ve done better than England with the harvest but it hasn’t been a good year for Jersey wine.

“Summer came for us in April and that had an effect on a lot of crops. We’ve been able to pick a small amount which can be blended with other vintages.

While wine production is expected to be down this year, visitor numbers for La Mare are much more buoyant. On a direct bus route from St Helier, the wine estate is a major tourist attraction in Jersey, offering tours and tastings which can take place whatever the weather.

In addition to wine, La Mare offers a diverse range of Genuine Jersey products, including chocolates, cider, apple brandy and preserves such as Black Butter, a traditional Jersey dish made from spiced apples.

Tim said: “While tourist numbers may be down for Jersey overall, it has been a really busy year for La Mare.”

Earlier this week Nyetimber announced they would not be harvesting 2012 grapes because they were not up to its award-winning standards.

Made in West Sussex, the company’s sparkling wine usually compares favourably with Champagne and was served on the Queen’s barge during Jubilee celebrations.

In 2009 Nyetimber produced over 400,000 bottles of wine, nearly one tenth of England’s annual wine production. While all the other wine estates will be producing this year, yields are expected to be at least a third lower. 


 

For more information on La Mare see http://www.lamarewineestate.com/

For more information on English wines see http://www.englishwineproducers.com/index.htm