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Launch of Classic Cuvée

Launch of Classic Cuvée

After what seems like years in the planning, we finally launched our first Hambledon branded sparkling wine last week, the Hambledon Classic Cuvée!

It was an exciting and emotional week for us all, starting on Tuesday with a visit to Decanter Magazine's offices for an interview and tasting with Chris Mercer, news editor of He was fascinated to hear Ian outline the background to Hambledon Vineyard's ressurection and wrote a lovely piece about us (thanks, Chris!).

We then had to head off a mile and a half by foot, (the entire city of London was filled with taxis on a 'go slow' demonstrating about new taxi regulations at the iconic new Shard building in Southwark) to get to the award-winning Hawksmoor restaurant near the Guildhall in time to host an early evening reception for trade and wine press to celebrate the launch of the Cuvée.

Hambledon Classic Cuvée served with baked oysters - a perfect combination!

This was a chance to introduce the wine to many wine writers and sommeliers for the first time - and also to announce our new distribution partners in the UK: Fields, Morris & Verdin. We're really delighted to be working with them as they have a very long tradition of representing some of the finest wines in the world. The event was a great buzz; and feedback about the wine was extremely encouraging.

Some of the guests at Hawksmoor Guildhall

The very next day was the English Wine Producers' trade and press tasting at 1 Great George Street in London. This is an annual event enabling all the top wine producers in the UK to show off their wares to around 500 key trade, press and influencers. It is a very important day in the annual English wine calendar and we hardly had time to take breath all day!

However, we were up early again the following day to hot-foot off down the M4 to set up our stall for a wet and windy weekend bringing a bit of bubbly cheer to the cold and muddy visitors at Badminton Horse Trials. 

Badminton visitors discover Hambledon Classic Cuvée - a welcome break from the cold and wind!

We went down a storm (excuse the pun...) and look forward to this becoming a regular outing, with the hope that the weather is rather better next year!