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Chapel Down launch of a first Sparkling Bacchus for English Wine Week

Chapel Down, England’s leading wine producer, has this week released their first sparkling version of Bacchus for English Wine Week (25 May – 2June 2019). The ‘Chapel Down Sparkling Bacchus 2018′ is the seventh expression of Bacchus that Chapel Down produce and it is due to this extended knowledge and understanding of the grape variety that head winemaker, Josh Donaghay-Spire, experimented with carbonation.

This unique expression of Bacchus, a grape variety that is widely becoming known as England’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc, is from the exceptional 2018 harvest.  The resulting fruit was cool fermented before being carbonated at bottling.

Head winemaker, Josh Donaghay-Spire, says “Deciding to carbonate the wine and not to put it through traditional method was a considered choice as I wanted to retain the youthful aromatic components which Bacchus showcases so well. It’s not a wine to discuss and debate for hours or a wine to cellar for years to come, it’s an uncomplicated and very refreshing wine to open and enjoy this summer.” 

The Chapel Down Sparkling Bacchus 2018 is the latest expression of Bacchus from Chapel Down’s diverse portfolio of Bacchus wines, showing the diversity and character of England’s signature grape. Previous examples including England’s first Orange wine, a barrel aged Bacchus and a single estate Bacchus.

Chapel Down Sparking Bacchus 2018 is a remarkably fresh and aromatic white wine with intense aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and elderflower.  The clean refreshing palate has an abundance of tropical fruit with fresh acidity and a touch of sparkle.

This youthful wine is perfect for enjoying well chilled this summer or served with a splash of Chapel Down Bacchus Gin!

Chapel Down Managing Director for Wine and Spirits, Mark Harvey, says “Bacchus thrives in England and has become something of a ‘poster grape’ for our young, wine growing region. Having produced several expressions of still wines, we’re excited to release this sparkling version in time for the summer season!”

Chapel Down Sparkling Bacchus 2018 (12% ABV) retails for £17.00 and will be available nationwide in Waitrose from the 20th May, as well as select independent retailers and at

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