Saffron Grange Vineyard

Saffron Grange is a family-run vineyard on the outskirts of the historic market town of Saffron Walden in North-West Essex. Their land is on the same chalk seam as Champagne, and situated on a gentle south-facing slope. Together with the cool, dry climate, the conditions are perfect for growing the highest quality grapes – and the family are perfectionists about turning these into the highest quality sparkling wines.

2021 vintage report

2021 was our largest harvest yet here at Saffron Grange where we picked over 25 tonnes of grapes reflecting the ongoing maturity of our plantings. Chardonnay especially exceeded our expectations increasing our Classic Cuvée production and the possibility of a new range of wines.

The impact of frost this year was mitigated by a late cold spring which delayed bud burst one month to mid-May and thanks to the continued use of our tow and blow frost fan on 10 frost events we were able to save all of our most valuable primary Buds. There was also very little fungal disease on the grapes here once again thankfully due to our relatively drier climate where we avoided the continuous damp conditions which seem to have caused widespread mildew and botrytis elsewhere.

Despite a challenging growing season, we were able to reach phenolic ripeness on all of our grapes but this wasn’t until late October moving into early November for the chardonnay which resulted in our latest ever harvest where we were still picking after Bonfire night! The grape sugar levels were lower this year for which we expect some enrichment. The quality of this year’s grapes however remained very good and clean. In fact, our Chardonnay quality has allowed us to set to production on our first ever Blanc de Blancs which are very excited about.

Our biggest harvest to date and a strong team of local volunteers again this year helped us with all of our picking. A big thankyou to them all over two weeks of harvest.

We are quietly confident about 2021 as a good year for us, despite the late Spring.

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  • Saffron Grange Classic Cuvée 2016 Sparkling English Wine

    Saffron Grange Vineyard Classic Cuvée 2018

    Baked apples, ripe citrus and brioche, cream and nut

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    Saffron Grange Vineyard English Sparkling Wine Glass

    Delicate and beautiful, for the finest fizz - 3 glass set

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