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Hambledon Vineyard, the UK's oldest commercial vineyard, is nestled within the gentle slopes of the South Downs National Park. Dating back to 1952, the vineyard has produced wines for the Houses of Parliament, QE2 and for numerous British Embassies around the world. Today, the vineyard specialises in English sparkling wine, having been bought by oenologist Ian Kellett in 1999. It now stretches over 50 acres and produces its own speciality sparkling wine made using a blend of Chardonnay (40%), Pinot Meunier (31%) and Pinot Noir (29%).
Hambledon Vineyard runs regular tours throughout the year, to showcase its unique gravity-fed, state of the art winery. On each tour, Hambledon's friendly and experienced staff will explain the processes involved in making English sparkling wine as well as what makes this vineyard unique. These relaxed, informative tours include a tasting of two sparkling wines. Scheduled tours run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and can be booked in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the office on 02392 632 358. Tours cost £15 per person (including a tasting of two wines) and last approximately two hours.
Private groups are also welcomed for tours in English or French, by appointment.
In addition to the scheduled tours, Hambledon Vineyard also hosts private events, such as corporate conferences or hen parties. It also offers a 'Make your own English sparkling wine' workshop, sparkling afternoon tea, and tasting sessions for cheese and wine, or chocolate and wine.
For information on everything Hambledon Vineyard offers, or to see available tour dates, click the Visit Website button at the top of the page.