Wallops Wood and Hambledon Vineyard are hosting our very own pop-up event during the Hampshire Food Festival here at Wallops Wood on 10th & 11th July. We will be showcasing produce from some amazing local suppliers and Hambledon Vineyard are supplying their award winning sparkling wines.
Hambledon Vineyard was started in the early 1950s by Major General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones who was wondering what to do with a field he owned. His stepson seeded the idea of planting some vines, the following year vines were planted and Hambledon Vineyard was born!
It was from the 1960s that Hambledon Vineyard began to attract a strong following and went on to win a number of awards in the 1980s. In 1999, Hambledon Vineyard was taken over by Ian Kellett. Convinced that sparkling wines were the wines of the future, he successfully tested the growth of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier vines on the Hambledon terroir. In 2011 he began working with Hervé Jestin, formerly one of Champagne’s leading chefs de cave. A renowned expert in minimal-intervention winemaking, Hervé directs all winemaking at the Estate.
Hambledon Vineyard, which is adjacent to Wallops Wood estate, now comprises over 200 acres of vineyards and the only gravity-fed, state-of-the-art winery in the UK. Work has begun on extending the cellars and wine storage to ensure that all the wine produced can be aged successfully on site. A new tasting room and visitor centre is also planned to be completed for early 2020.
The wines have been served on the QE2, in British Embassies, the Houses of Parliament and even most recently at the banquet during the state visit of President Trump!
Hambledon Vineyard produces three ‘cuvées’. Hambledon Classic Cuvée, Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé and Première Cuvée, all of which will be showcased at this very unique pop-up event.