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Hampshire's Fizz Festival Attracts 800 People

Posted: 26th July 2018

Hampshire is fast becoming recognised globally as a leading wine-making region. On Sunday 22 July, crowds flocked to Raimes Vineyard near Alresford to see what all the fuss is about and to experience a taste of our county’s award-winning wines.

Visitors to the annual Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival were given their own engraved tasting glass and had the opportunity to sample wine from seven local vineyards.  Masterclasses took place throughout the afternoon including ‘Growing Your Own Vine’ and ‘Comparison of English fizz, Cava, Prosecco and Champagne’.

Augusta Raimes, from Raimes English Sparkling Wine, reflected on the event: “We have had a wonderful day of wine, music and food!  It has been a joy to show off the vineyard as it is looking so good this year and is full of huge bunches of grapes. I am particularly delighted to have so many people attending were trying English wine for the first time and discovering just how good it is!” 

Emily Lambert, the first female sommelier at the Ritz and winner of BBC2’s Million Pound Menu opened the festival.  “It was a fantastic day and you could not have asked for better weather.  I had such a wonderful time and got to taste some great quality wines”.

The vineyards involved in the event were Cottonworth, Danebury, Exton Park, Jenkyn Place, Hambledon, Hattingley and Raimes. The festival was sponsored by Cabinet Rooms, South Downs Water, Porsche Centre Portsmouth, NFU Mutual Winchester and Martin and Company.

Each year a different vineyard takes a turn in hosting the event, look out for the announcement for where it goes next year. Several of the vineyards are also open throughout the summer for Cellar Door days. Visit www.vineyardsofhampshire.co.uk for dates and details.

The Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival took place as part of the month-long Hampshire Food Festival organised by Hampshire Fare. Visit www.hampshirefare.co.uk to discover more about local food, drink and craft.