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From vine to glass

Posted: 21st July 2016

The county’s award-winning bubbles took centre stage at the Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival, which offered an opportunity for people to discover the skills that go into local wine making.

The Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival took place at Hattingley Valley Wines in Lower Wield near Alresford and attracted close to 500 visitors, bringing together seven of the county’s leading vineyards with tastings and plenty of knowledgeable discussion about the local wine scene.

Visitors were also treated to tractor rides up to the vines and tours of the winery. Tasty local food was available to enjoy or take home from Savage and Bean, Parsonage Farm, Jake’s Pies, Winchester Cocoa Company and Honesty Bakery, as well as produce from charity stall MOVE.

The Vineyards of Hampshire collaboration brought together Cottonworth, Danebury, Exton Park, Hambledon, Hattingley Valley, Jenkyn Place and Meon Hill. By working as a group, the vineyards are able to strengthen the message about excellent wine being made across the county.

The Mayor of Winchester Jane Rutter, who attended the event with her husband, said: “Duncan and I were very impressed with the quantity and quality of the wines we tasted, and in fact bought three bottles to take home with us for special occasions.

“Similarly, we enjoyed tasting various foods from chocolate to salami and, and are enjoying the boozy cupcakes we brought home with us. It was a wonderful celebration of the variety and quality of Hampshire Fare now available, which so many people have invested much time and resources into building up over recent years.”