Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival celebrates county's finest fare

Daily Echo: From left, Katharine O’Callaghan of Jenkyn Place, Phillip Holroyd-Smith  of Sparsholt College and Simon Bladon from Jenkyn Place at last year’s Hampshire Food Festival. From left, Katharine O’Callaghan of Jenkyn Place, Phillip Holroyd-Smith of Sparsholt College and Simon Bladon from Jenkyn Place at last year’s Hampshire Food Festival.

 

A group of six award-winning wine producers have joined forces to present the Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival.

The event on July 13, will be set within the picturesque vineyards of Jenkyn Place on the North Hampshire Downs, between Alton and Farnham, off the A31.

The Vineyard Wine Festival is a highlight of Hampshire Fare’s Hampshire Food Festival, which showcases local food, drink and farming throughout the month of July.

All of the wine producers involved are Hampshire Fare members.

Visitors will be able to taste some of Hampshire’s top sparkling and still wines in a relaxed, informal setting.

Winemakers and other representatives from all of the vineyards involved – Cottonworth, Danebury Vineyards, Jenkyn Place, Hambledon, Hattingley Valley and Meonhill – will be on hand to talk about their wines.

Simon Bladon, who lives on the estate, and his daughter, Camilla, will be offering guided tours of the vineyards at Jenkyn Place.

Hugh Liddell from Cottonworth will be holding a series of winemaking talks throughout the day, offering visitors an insight into the grape to glass process.

There will be a free prize draw on the day with the chance to win an exclusive hamper of English wines from all six producers, together with a selection of Hampshire produce.

Guests will be also be able to taste a delicious range of Hampshire produce including organic pork pies from Jake’s Artisan Pies, charcuterie from Parsonage Farm and gourmet marshmallows from Belinda Clark Gourmet Confectionery.

Music will be provided by singer and songwriter Martha Paton who will be performing at Jenkyn Place as part of her Martha’s Vineyard Tour.

Vineyard plantings in Hampshire have nearly doubled in the past ten years with the county having the ideal conditions produce top class sparkling wines – the right climate, soil, aspect and altitude.

Tickets for the Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival are £5 and can be booked by contacting Sarah Besly, 023 9263 2358 or sarah.besly@hambledonvineyard.co.uk.

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