The sun was shining on Hambledon vineyard’s very first wine festival on Sunday 6th August. Scores of people had come to join in with the festivities and try some of Hampshire’s best local produce and of course Hambledon’s fantastic Sparkling wines. We were delighted to be a part of the event and were showcasing a range of new world and old world classics. From our Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc to our AT Richardson Aussie Shiraz the wines seemed to be well received. Upon arrival guests were given 2 tokens to try a range of wines from all over the world.
England’s oldest commercial vineyard aimed to “give the community a chance to taste, enjoy and educate themselves about sparkling wine as well as embrace our local produce and enjoy a great family day out.” – the festival certainly delivered just that with numerous tours around the vineyard with Ian Kellet, Hambledon’s Managing Director and Felix the vineyard’s winemaker. Katrina Smith, wine educator at Hambledon also conducted an interesting Pinot Noir wine education workshop which included our Edge Pinot Noir: A rich and fruit driven wine from New Zealand.
Other highlights of the day included a workshop with Joe Wadsack International wine challenge communicator of the year two years running. Music from the Jazz band and the well received Braai by Simply African Food
If you missed the Wine Festival at the vineyard you can still be a part of our very own annual Wine Fair at Churchers college in November, where we will be opening up 200 different wines and inviting winemakers from different corners of the globe to hold masterclasses. Tickets are currently on sale for £7.50 from the Liphook and Petersfield shops or online.