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Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July 2021
Join Tipple Talk's founder and English wine lover Katrina Smith on an epic adventure of Hampshire vineyards! Based around the historic city of Winchester, you'll experience some of the county's finest producers with a range of still and sparkling wines available to taste.
About English Wine
Although the UK was considered an epicentre for viticultural practices back in the Roman times, English wine today is very much considered an emerging category. Most of the 6 million bottles produced annually across England and Wales are sparkling, with still wines gaining in popularity as the climate becomes more temperate. The majority of the UK's 700 vineyards are based in the South of England, with Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire particularly excelling in both quantity and quality.
About your guides
Katrina Smith - Wine Guide. Katrina has lived in Hampshire for 7 years and during this time has become greatly involved with the English wine industry. Her journey in wine started in 2011 in the South of France where she helped out with a local grape harvest. Since then, Katrina has worked in retail, shipping and tourism, with her most recent role in education at Hambledon Vineyard in Hampshire. Katrina completed her WSET Diploma in 2018, picking up the Louis Jadot prize for outstanding results and the McNie Trophy for best tasting marks globally. Now enrolled onto the Master of Wine course, Katrina is slowly coming to terms with her unrelenting study (and wine) addiction. She can't wait to introduce you to her favourite producers and showcase the very best of Hampshire production.
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£350 per person
- Picnic style lunch on Saturday and Sunday
- A minimum of four producer visits and wine tastings including Black Chalk, Hambledon and Raimes.
- Pick up and drop off in Winchester
- Transfers to all wine tastings in an air-conditioned 18 seater minibus
- Wine tasting booklet
- A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Winchester Hotel & Spa (hyperlink to hotel). If you'd like to book a room, please click here for more information (hyperlink firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Katrina will be hosting an English wine dinner on Saturday 17th July at a restaurant in Winchester. So if you want to continue learning about what this region has to offer, click here to sign up! (hyperlink email@example.com)
Booking your tour
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About the producers
Founded by Jacob Leadley in 2015, Black Chalk has 30 acres of vineyards and a new state of the art winery, all located in the picturesque Test Valley near Stockbridge. Jacob brings a wealth of traditional method winemaking experience, having worked at Hattingley Valley for 7 years before launching Black Chalk.
Augusta and Robert Raimes are the fifth generation of the family to farm their Hampshire land, which includes 10 acres of vines since 2011. Situated near Cheriton, Raimes produce three sparkling wines including a Classic blend, Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs.
Founded in 1952, Hambledon Vineyard in Hampshire is England’s oldest commercial vineyard, producing traditional method wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. Traditionally planted with Germanic grape varieties, the estate was re-planted in 2005 when owner and MD Ian Kellett saw the potential for Champagne style sparkling wine production in the UK.