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Cheers to Cheriton farm's sparkling first grape harvest
10:28am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
THERE were exciting scenes at a Hampshire vineyard as staff began picking the grapes that will lead to the first-ever bottles of Raimes English sparkling wine.
The vines were planted the day after Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding in 2012, and the Raimes family business near Alresford, should shortly be ready to raise a toast to another landmark occasion – their first harvest.
The business began when arable farmer Robert Raime’s wife Gussie suggested that they put to better use two small fields near Cheriton She took a vinegrowing course at Plumpton College in Sussex and the family are now in their third season of growing vines.
Her parents Robert Young, 72 and his wife, Brenda, are also involved in the business as is her sister Georgia Hugh.
The harvest will go to Hattingley Valley Winery at Wield for processing and bottling before sale. The cost of a bottle is likely to between £20-£30.
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