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‘I like a challenge,’ agricultural savant Philip Harvey tells Spear’s, as he speaks of one of his greatest successes: buying Nyetimber CEO Eric Heerema’s first vineyard.
The mandate was initially difficult: ‘I couldn’t find any, it was so frustrating.’ But he persisted, approached songwriter Andy Hill, former owner of the fizz brand, and completed the purchase after ‘a year of battling’.
‘Since then I’ve been helping [Heerema] grow the vineyard into the major operation it is today,’ he says. ‘All my clients agree that they can’t get rid of me. I’d hate it if a client ever built a swimming pool, extended the house or wanted to buy the land next door and didn’t ask me for my advice.’