As we reach the autumn equinox, summer seems to be a distant memory as harvest fast approaches. We have had a very busy few months on the events team and Jessica, our Events manager explains the summer’s past events.
As the warm and wet weather arrived, Hambledon prepared to put up its brand new clear span marquee for the first time. We hosted two amazing weddings, even if the weather was a little cold and wet, and enjoyed being part of their special day. The vineyard really does lend itself to a wedding venue, it truly is a magical place.
July was a busy month for our events team. Combined with the Hampshire food festival, we put on a number of events for the month. Our Black tie Jazz evening raised over £500 for charity and we had a great evening in the process. Included was our jazz festival which saw the Vineyard raise money for the Rainbow centre in Fareham. Joe Wadsack hosted the evening for us and we managed to raise a good amount for the charity. We all got the opportunity to get out of the wellies and jackets and dress up for the night in black tie, so a nice opportunity to see the vineyard in a different light. Special thanks to all our guests for contributing to our auction.
On to a completely different outfit choice, wellies and jumpers went on as the Hampshire wine festival came to Hambledon. Despite a cold and wet day we had a great turn out with nearly 800 people here over the course of the day. It was a chance to enjoy wine from around the county, and featured some great local food as well. We have to say a large thank you to our producers that joined us this year. Special mention to Boozy Bakers that took on the task of making a Hambledon Classic Cuvee cupcake, and to Winchester Cocoa Company that made a Hambledon Classic Cuvee Chocolate for the day. These are items we are hoping to have in our shop for Christmas, so keep an eye out. Watch this space for our Christmas event, with all the vineyards in our 'Fairy lights and Fizz' event on the 3rd December.
We moved on to our summer season on tours and tastings and hosted a number of people over the course of the weeks in terms of hen parties, conferences, private parties and even a honeymoon trip, all keeping us very busy.
British food fortnight has now come along and we are steaming through it. Emsworth - a town we are closely linked to - winning best town in the completion last year, meant we had a large ask to live up to. We ventured to a number of pubs, restaurants and events over the course of the two weeks. We have to give credit to the effort Emsworth and all the supports have put in to raising the profile of buying British; we are of course a keen advocate of ‘think local, drink local’. This weekend saw the combination of the Hampshire vineyards yet again working together to raise the profile of English wine at the Hampshire wine pavilion.
A busy few months lie ahead as harvest is now fast approaching, and dare we say Christmas is around the corner. We are excited to be opening our doors for December as a Christmas shop, so we will keep you updated.