Raising a Glass to History: A Journey Through Hambledon Vineyard

Raising a Glass to History: A Journey Through Hambledon Vineyard

Eliza Baker

England boasts a rich history, and nestled within the gentle slopes of the South Downs National Park lies a testament to that heritage – Hambledon Vineyard. As England's oldest commercial vineyard, established in 1952 by Major-General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones, Hambledon Vineyard isn't just about producing exquisite wines; it's about celebrating a legacy of pioneering spirit and a deep respect for the land.

Sir Guy's vision, inspired by his stepson, led him to explore the feasibility of planting vines on his south-facing chalk slopes. This bold move paved the way for the first commercial range of English wines released in 1952. Today, Hambledon Vineyard continues to be a leader in the English sparkling wine industry.

Click here to order your Hambledon Vineyard Classic Cuvée or the Hambledon Vineyard Classic Cuvée Rosé

Hambledon Vineyard's dedication to quality shines through in their award-winning sparkling wines. Crafted using the traditional method (méthode traditionelle) and a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes, their sparkling wines boast a complexity and elegance that rivals those from Champagne.

    Hambledon Vineyard isn't just about the product; it's about the experience. They offer regular tours, led by their friendly and knowledgeable staff. These tours delve into the fascinating history of the vineyard, showcase the unique gravity-fed winery, and culminate in a delightful tasting of two of their sparkling wines.

    Hambledon Vineyard is a champion for women's sport in England, proudly sponsoring the Southern Vipers. This commitment to supporting and empowering women extends beyond the playing field, creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all visitors.

    From its pioneering spirit to its unwavering dedication to quality, Hambledon Vineyard is a cornerstone of English winemaking. So next time you raise a glass of bubbly, consider reaching for a bottle from Hambledon Vineyard. It's not just a toast to a delicious drink; it's a toast to history, innovation, and a legacy that continues to inspire.

     

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