The Wine Lover's Guide to the Hampshire Food Festival

The Wine Lover's Guide to the Hampshire Food Festival

English wine is reportedly booming. It’s taken many years for English wine to be taken seriously in this country let alone internationally but it seems that at last the talent of our local winemakers is being recognised.

Hampshire’s chalky soil and climate make it on a par with the Champagne region for growing conditions. It is no surprise then that wine from Hampshire Vineyards won multiple awards at two recent international wine competitions. Read more.

Simon Bladon from Jenkyn Place Vineyard near Bentley puts it like this, “The question is no longer about whether English Sparkling wine can rival Champagne, but whether Champagne can keep, up with English Sparkling Wine.”

The Hampshire Food Festival provides a rare opportunity to discover some of the 42 vineyards in Hampshire and taste local wine. Here are some of the Hampshire Food Festival events ideal for local wine lovers.

‘Wine and Dine’ with Hampshire Produce and English Wines at The Thomas Lord
1st July-1st August (except Sundays), 12-2.30pm and 6-9.30pm
Indulge in a delicious locally sourced meal perfectly matched with English wine. Two courses with matching wines £22, three courses with matching wines £30.
Booking essential, 01730 829244
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Jenkyn Place Vineyard Tour and Tutored Tasting with the Producer
Thursday 9th July at 6pm-8pm, Saturday 18th July at 11am-1pm and Saturday 25th July at 11am-1pm.
Marvel at the beauty of this wonderful vineyard whilst listening to friendly and knowledgeable owner, Simon Bladon. Taste the award-winning wines whilst you learn.
Adults £10
Booking essential 020 7736 3102 / 07825 161 685 or
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Supper Under The Vines 
Saturday 11th July and Saturday 25th July, 5.30pm-11pm, Setley Ridge Vineyard
Always a sell-out, a rare chance to dine on local produce in the stunning setting of Setley Ridge Vineyard.
Price £47
Booking essential and early booking recommended, 01590 622020
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Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival
Saturday 12th July, 12pm-4.30pm, Hambledon VIneyard
Hosted by Hambledon Vineyard, this event brings together six of Hampshire’s vineyards. Meet the winemakers, join a guided tour of the winery and of course taste local wine. You will also be able to sample delicious Hampshire produce and enjoy a Hog roast and a South African braai.
Adults £5
Booking is advisable, 02392 632358           
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A Celebration of English Wine and Roses
Thursday 23rd July, 6pm – 9.30pm, Sheep Dip Rose Paddock, Hinton Ampner
Enjoy an evening tour of The Rose Paddocks with advice from renowned expert Rosebie Morton and indulge in award-winning Hattingley Valley English sparkling wine.
Adult £15
Booking essential, / 01256 389 188

Savage Kitchen Pop-Up Restaurant at Cottonworth Vineyard 
Saturday 25th July, 5.30pm-11pm
Begin with a tour of the vineyard and then tuck into a delicious four course locally sourced meal with wine tasting.
Adults £30
Booking essential 07817 142654
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