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First harvest for Sark – the world’s newest wine region

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Costello Media | 0 comments

SARK HAS become the world’s newest wine region after its first grape harvest took place under the direction of Bordeaux winemaker Dr Alain Raynaud. Sark is an island in the English Channel – three miles by one mile in size. It is located 8 miles from Guernsey and around 20 miles from the north coast of France [Normandy]. Much of its food produce comes from its land and surrounding waters of the English Channel. But in 2010, Dr Raynaud and his team analysed Sark’s soil and it became apparent that quality wines could also be made. Around 100,000 vines have been planted in Sark’s vineyards covering just 2% of its total land area. Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Savagnin are the main varietals planted across 11 hectares, along with small parcels of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Albariño. The soil on...

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