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London's Ultra Low Emission Zone, or ULEZ, is expanding to encompass all of Greater London, including Heathrow Airport, from the 29 August 2023.
The initiative, implemented by Transport for London (TfL), is aimed at reducing air pollution in London, therefore all vehicles entering the airport must meet certain emissions standards in order to avoid paying a daily charge.
The daily charge for non-compliant vehicles is £12.50 for most vehicles, including cars, vans, and motorcycles.
The charge will be in addition to any other fees or charges associated with entering the airport. The charge only applies when a vehicle is driven within the ULEZ zone, and does not apply to stationary vehicles including when cars are parked at Heathrow.
Please note, if you have booked Meet & Greet or Valet Parking with a non-compliant vehicle, and have selected a different exit terminal to your entry terminal, you will be liable for payment of a ULEZ charge to transfer your vehicle to another terminal.
It’s time to raise your glasses as Nyetimber makes its grand entrance to Heathrow. It’s now easier than ever to kick start your holiday in style with a glass of delicious sparkling wine from Nyetimber. This beautifully British wine can only be found in one other UK airport, so don’t miss out on sipping this exclusive luxury number at Heathrow.
The story of Nyetimber starts all the way back in 1086 when the Nyetimber estate was mentioned in the Domesday book and later became under the possession of King Henry VIII. The first vines were planted nearly 1000 years later in 1988 and the elite sparkling wine grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier quickly found a place to call home.
Nyetimber has gone on to meet immeasurable success and reach its true potential in the winemaking industry over the years. Its ideal soil and location, combined with the talent of Head Winemaker Cherie Spriggs and Senior Winemaker Brad Greatrix, has had ground-breaking results. Along with Eric Heerema, the Owner & CEO of Nyetimber, their shared vision for producing the finest English sparkling wines has resulted in Nyetimber receiving global acclaim and international awards.
It is even the drink of choice for the Royals, with HRH King Charles having served Nyetimber Sparkling Wine instead of champagne back in the day at Highgrove. It was quickly shared amongst institutions like a best kept secret and became a firm favourite at 10 Downing Street, as well as replacing champagne at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.
The story of Nyetimber is one of decades of craftsmanship, passion, and a pioneering spirit. They have an uncompromising attention to detail, driving them to create the very finest expressions of the estate. The grapes used to produce each bottle of wine are 100% estate-owned, and are completely exclusive to Nyetimber. They pride themselves on not buying grapes from other wineries nor selling their homegrown grapes to other wine producers.
High standards and best results are engraved into Nyetimber’s DNA, so much so that they have gone as far as not producing a single drop of wine if the harvest was not up to their high expectations, as was the case in 2012. They would rather miss a season than produce sub-standard wine that their loyal customers wouldn’t enjoy or savour with every sip.
Even the way they grow their grapes is incredibly thought out and intentional, making sure that the vineyards face south to allow better ripening, and are sheltered from coastal weather by the nearby South Downs.
Additionally, Nyetimber provides the history of each bottle they produce, which customers can find out about by entering the unique number at the back of each bottle into their website.
Nyetimber’s efforts and dedication to producing exceptional wines certainly didn’t go unnoticed, with their Blanc de Blancs 2003 Magnum being awarded a Gold Medal and Best in Class Trophy in 2014. It surpassed other numbers regarded as the very best in the world of Champagne.
Nyetimber’s Head Winemaker, Cherie Spriggs, won the Sparkling Winemaker of the Year in 2018, one of the most highly-regarded wine competitions in the world. It was a massive achievement and monumental moment, as it was the first time that the annual prize had been awarded to a winemaker outside of Champagne in the history of the International Wine Challenge.
If you would like to elevate your travels, then make sure to pick up a bottle of this favourite English sparkling wine before you jet off. You can head to World Duty-Free in Terminals or save 10% when you Reserve & Collect online.
Alternatively, after clearing security, you can enjoy a glass of the award-winning English sparkling wine at Spuntino in Terminal 3 to kick-start your travels in style.
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