Another Champagne house teams up with an English wine estate

Sunday May 15 2016 by Vitisphere

Pommery should produce its own English sparkling wines in 2019, claims British trade media The Drinks Business. Announced at the opening of the London Wine Fair on May 3, the move once again underscores interest by Champagne producers in English wines, after Maison Taittinger announced it was buying a vineyard at the end of 2015. The partnership arrangement between Pommery and the English estate Hattingley Valley in Hampshire sees an initial phase where the French company’s chief winemaker, Thierry Gasco, will carry out blending. The house does not rule out planting vineyards in its own name however. “We are delighted to be working in England, a country loved by Madame Pommery and which influenced so much in her life and in her Champagnes”, said Paul-François Vranken, chairman of Vranken Pommery Monopole. Madame Pommery was indeed educated in England.

This latest partnership between Champagne and English vineyards will not be the last, claims the Drinks Business: “Other producers of the famous French fizz are eyeing up similar opportunities”.  Near-identical chalk soils and considerably cheaper arable land are the region’s two main attractions for French investors.

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