Internationally renowned chef Michael Caines MBE is looking forward to the first harvest from the Lympstone Manor vineyard.

The luxury country house hotel, Lympstone Manor, part of The Michael Caines Collection, first planted the vines in 2018 on the southwest facing vineyard overlooking the Exe estuary, with the intention of creating a premium sparkling wine – Lympstone Manor Cuvée.

The wine, which will be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes, will be created in partnership with award-winning Lyme Bay Winery (LBW), recognised as one of the leading English wine producers under the Lyme Bay Winery brand, which has gained a reputation for creating award-winning wines.

“I am so excited to be starting on this adventure to create our first vintage Lympstone Manor Cuvée,” says Michael Cains. “The terroir here is incredible: the vines bask in a protected micro-climate that has been identified as one of the best in the country. Lyme Bay will be the ideal partner to help me transform grapes into the classic style of premium quality, bottle fermented sparkling wine that I wish to create.”

James Lambert, Managing Director at LBW Drinks added: “We are thrilled to be working with Michael on this project. We share a passion for English wine and for the beautiful county of Devon, which will both be poured into this Cuvée.”

It is anticipated that the grape harvest will commence in early to mid-October and the first vintage will be available to enjoy and purchase in 2023.