A Tuscan winemaker recalls his first visit to Bride Valley
Discovering Bride Valley
by Peter Femfert of Nittardi
I first visited Bride Valley Vineyard on a lovely September afternoon, back in 2014. My wife, Stefania and I made the journey from our vineyard in Nittardi, Tuscany to Litton Cheney in Dorset, to be part of the inauguration and blessing of the vines (an ancient winemaking tradition, asking God to deliver a great harvest.)
With a group of truly international friends, many of them with their own vineyards around the world, we came together to share with Steven and Bella an impressive glass of the first vintage Blanc de Blancs 2011, and to celebrate Steven’s 50 years in wine.
We were both struck by the unexpected beauty of the Dorset landscape, close to the sea and yet sharing the same chalky soils as Champagne (here in Tuscany we have nearly 40 hectares of vineyards, plus woods and olive groves. The Tuscan hills are not as soft as the gentle hills of Dorset, but just as beautiful.) We were enchanted by the shape of the valley, which opens up like a shell to the sun. And we were impressed, but not surprised, by the energy of the Spurriers. Stimulus Adde or spur on is, after all, the Spurrier family motto!
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