Hambledon Vineyard

England's oldest Vineyard, from the cradle of cricket.

About the winery
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. The on-site winery opened in time for its first harvest in 2011 and was subsequently opened officially by HRH Duchess of Cornwall. This state-of-the-art facility is the only fully gravity fed winery in the UK, allowing us to make wines with the minimal possible intervention. We have no need to pump our musts or wines under pressure, but instead can move them gently by gravity from one tank or process to the next. We have also installed top-of-the-range Coquard PAI presses to achieve the best extraction of juices in the most gentle manner possible.

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Opening Hours
Monday: 08:30 - 17:00Tuesday: 08:30 - 17:00Wednesday: 08:30 - 17:00Thursday: 08:30 - 17:00Friday: 08:30 - 17:00Saturday: 08:30 - 16:30Sunday: Closed
Cellar door / shop
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Events / Weddings
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English, French
Children friendly
Grape varieties
ChardonnayPinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
History & Geography
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.
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