Wickham Vineyard falls into administration

Wickham Vineyard.

Wickham Vineyard.

First published in Fareham Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A HAMPSHIRE vineyard that produced wines for the Queen has gone into administration.

A poor harvest and lack of investment have been blamed for the situation at Wickham Vineyard, which has resulted in the loss of 24 jobs.

The company also owned high street chain Wine Shak, established when Wickham Vineyard bought 14 former Threshers and Wine Rack off-licences.

There were shops in Southampton and Alresford – but according to the vineyard, the company went into voluntary liquidation about three weeks ago, resulting in a further 34 job losses.

The vineyard’s wines had gained a worldwide reputation for excellence.

Three wines were even selected to be served at a lunch to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – and were enjoyed by Her Majesty and Prince Philip.

A spokesman for the vineyard said that there had been difficult trading conditions for about 12 months.

He added: “There was a particularly poor harvest this year due to the weather and going forward it didn’t look as though we had any stocks.

“We were involved in the Wine Shak shops, and those were put into liquidation three weeks ago.

“The shops took the vineyard down as well.

“We’re pretty devastated here, a handful of days before Christmas.

“There’s just one or two people left tidying up before we all go home for good.

“There’s been no plans given to any of us for the future, we assume it’s the end.

“We believe we will get statutory redundancy from the Government, but that will be decided at the creditors’ meeting.

“It’s been difficult trading for at least the past 12 months and they have been trying to secure investment which hasn’t been forthcoming.”

It is unclear what will happen to the vineyard, as the land and buildings are not owned by Wickham Vineyard Ltd.

The Vineyard Restaurant, run by chef Paul Dive – who used to work for Raymond Blanc – was closed yesterday.

But it is understood that there are plans to keep the restaurant open.

The business WineShare, which sells wine and allows people to rent vines, is also run from the vineyard and is owned by Wickham Vineyard Ltd.

Staff there yesterday told the Daily Echo that the company was not currently affected by Wickham Vineyard Ltd going into administration.

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11:50am Thu 20 Dec 12

Big Mac says...

It's been a bad year for all UK wine producers which is a shame as the quality can certainly hold its own against the old/new world out there.
Presumably, the vines will produce yield again next season, so hopefully someone can step in and start a new venture on a less ambitious scale?
It's been a bad year for all UK wine producers which is a shame as the quality can certainly hold its own against the old/new world out there. Presumably, the vines will produce yield again next season, so hopefully someone can step in and start a new venture on a less ambitious scale? Big Mac
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3:06pm Thu 20 Dec 12

MGRA says...

Chris Huhne predicted 5 years ago that in a "few" years there will be an olive industry emerging in Hampshire... due to our "hot and dry" summers and "mild and wet" winters....
what an idiot.
Chris Huhne predicted 5 years ago that in a "few" years there will be an olive industry emerging in Hampshire... due to our "hot and dry" summers and "mild and wet" winters.... what an idiot. MGRA
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3:34pm Thu 20 Dec 12

richieroo says...

MGRA wrote:
Chris Huhne predicted 5 years ago that in a "few" years there will be an olive industry emerging in Hampshire... due to our "hot and dry" summers and "mild and wet" winters.... what an idiot.
LOL!.
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: Chris Huhne predicted 5 years ago that in a "few" years there will be an olive industry emerging in Hampshire... due to our "hot and dry" summers and "mild and wet" winters.... what an idiot.[/p][/quote]LOL!. richieroo
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3:47pm Thu 20 Dec 12

nedscrumpo says...

****! 6 of us were booked in for an xmas dinner on saturday! Hope it does stay open..maybe wine will be going cheap.
****! 6 of us were booked in for an xmas dinner on saturday! Hope it does stay open..maybe wine will be going cheap. nedscrumpo
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4:44pm Thu 20 Dec 12

The Wickham Man says...

richieroo wrote:
MGRA wrote:
Chris Huhne predicted 5 years ago that in a "few" years there will be an olive industry emerging in Hampshire... due to our "hot and dry" summers and "mild and wet" winters.... what an idiot.
LOL!.
According to Chris Huhne his wife said it.
[quote][p][bold]richieroo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: Chris Huhne predicted 5 years ago that in a "few" years there will be an olive industry emerging in Hampshire... due to our "hot and dry" summers and "mild and wet" winters.... what an idiot.[/p][/quote]LOL!.[/p][/quote]According to Chris Huhne his wife said it. The Wickham Man
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7:59pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Reality-man says...

nedscrumpo wrote:
****! 6 of us were booked in for an xmas dinner on saturday! Hope it does stay open..maybe wine will be going cheap.
Never mind about all of those losing their jobs just before xmas and businesses going down the tubes hey? Enjoy your dinner
[quote][p][bold]nedscrumpo[/bold] wrote: ****! 6 of us were booked in for an xmas dinner on saturday! Hope it does stay open..maybe wine will be going cheap.[/p][/quote]Never mind about all of those losing their jobs just before xmas and businesses going down the tubes hey? Enjoy your dinner Reality-man
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8:20pm Thu 20 Dec 12

S Pance says...

Who are the administrators?
Who are the administrators? S Pance
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8:34am Fri 21 Dec 12

pyro10 says...

S Pance wrote:
Who are the administrators?
benedict mackenzie are handling the shops. i can only assume that they are doing the vineyard as well
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: Who are the administrators?[/p][/quote]benedict mackenzie are handling the shops. i can only assume that they are doing the vineyard as well pyro10
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