Hambledon Vineyard was established in 1952 and is England's oldest commercial vineyard.
Whilst wine has been produced in England since Roman times, the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII brought an end to large scale wine production until the planting of Hambledon Vineyard in 1952.
The Vineyard was planted by Major General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones who became the founding president of the English Vineyards Association. We consider Sir Guy to have been a critical figure in the renaissance of English wine production. Wines from Hambledon were served on the QE2, in the Houses of Parliament and in British Embassies around the world.
In 2004 the present owners grubbed up the remaining vines as they were largely still wine varieties and planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines in order to prove the terroir for quality sparkling wine production. That demonstrated to our satisfaction, we are in the process of commercially expanding Hambledon Vineyard with the aim of re-establishing a leading role in the English wine industry.