Hambledon Vineyard

About

Our vision at Hambledon is to produce the best multi-vintage sparkling wine in England that will make Hambledon and the local community proud and gain universal recognition from the global wine community. We believe there are two crucial elements to producing fine sparkling wines: using the best possible raw materials and working with the best winemakers in the business.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Hambledon, Hampshire.

Features

  • A State of the Art Winery.

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Winemaker

Bill Carcary - VETERAN WINEMAKER
Bill was winemaker at Hambledon Vineyard from 1966 – 1993 and is still resident on the site. His experience and love of the vineyard are irreplaceable.

Hervé Jestin- HEAD WINEMAKER
Hervé is renowned as one of the most talented oenologists in Champagne, having been Chef de Caves at Duval Leroy for 20 years.

He now consults for wineries across the globe and is considered to be one of the world’s leading specialists in biodynamic sparkling winemaking. Hervé oversees all aspects of the winemaking process at Hambledon.

Antoine Arnault - WINEMAKER
A graduate from Reims University, Antoine joined Hambledon in 2011 after gaining experience at Champagne Louis Roederer and Champagne Pannier. He works closely with Hervé to manage the winery on a day-to-day basis.

History

During the summer of 1951 Major General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones was looking out of the dining room window of Mill Down House with his stepson John thinking about what to do with the field directly below them. As Sir Guy was a keen wine lover and Francophile, having spent time as a diplomat in Paris, John suggested he might consider planting a vineyard?

The seed had been sown and Sir Guy began researching the feasibility of planting vines on the south-facing chalky slopes surrounding the house in Hambledon on the South Downs. After careful deliberation, and with the help and advice from friends at the renowned Champagne House Pol Roger, he planted a number of different grape varieties in 1952 and went on to release the first commercial range of English wines. See the clip below showing the Hambledon harvest of 1961.

The Team

Adam Akehurst - VINEYARD ASSISTANT
Adam joined Hambledon Vineyard on a full-time basis in 2012. In addition to being an invaluable member of the Vineyard team Adam is also a top athlete and hopes to compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Sarah Besly - OPERATIONS AND FINANCE MANAGER
Sarah runs the administration of the business. As well as many years’ experience in finance and business, her organisation skills were originally honed by working as a journalist at Conde Nast Publications.

Sarah Cross - EVENTS MANAGER
Sarah Cross joined the team in 2014. With 15 years of experience in event management, Sarah is well placed to welcome visitors to the vineyard and expand our current range of activities.

Peter Crabtree - VINEYARD MANAGER
After training in viticulture at Plumpton College, Peter studied for a post-graduate diploma in New Zealand before returning home and joining the team to manage the Vineyard in 1996.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

We currently have three main vineyards covering 20 hectares on the slopes of Windmill Down (named after an ancient windmill) around the house. Each vineyard is planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – the three grape varieties most commonly used in the production of Champagne.

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Hours

Tuesday 8AM–5PM Wednesday 8AM–5PM Thursday 8AM–5PM Friday 8AM–5PM Saturday Closed Sunday Closed Monday 8AM–5PM

Address

The Vineyard East Street
Hambledon, Hampshire PO7 4RY
United Kingdom

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