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Hambledon Première Cuvée crowned Best UK and International Sparkling Wine 2015

Hambledon Première Cuvée crowned Best UK and International Sparkling Wine 2015

 
Euposia, the leading magazine about wine in Italy, founded the Bollicine del Mondo in 2007. It was the first international blind tasting challenge of traditional method sparkling wines. Now in its eighth year, the Competition attracted 240 wines from five continents in 2015 and was judged by 24 experts from the USA, Argentina, France, UK, Germany and Italy.
 
This international accolade for Hambledon comes hot on the heels of Hambledon Classic Cuvée beating other top Champagnes and English fizz to win Noble Rot magazine’s blind tasting of Champagne v English sparkling wines in November. Hambledon Classic Cuvée also won Best UK Sparkling Wine at the Bollicine del Mondo in 2014.
 
Ian Kellett, managing director of Hambledon Vineyard, says: “We’re simply overwhelmed to win yet another major award for our sparkling wines in less than two months.  For Hambledon Première Cuvée to beat so many international sparkling wines and Champagnes to win this accolade, judged by a jury of international experts, is a remarkable credit to our vineyard and winery teams. Now the challenge is to keep improving what we do, since these two winning NV blends were the first wines we ever made, and so the scope for improvement should be good. What a great way to start off the Christmas festivities!”
 
Hambledon Première Cuvée is available from Berry Brothers & Rudd, other fine wine merchants and direct from the vineyard on www.hambledonvineyard.co.uk priced at £42.50.
 
 
BOLLICINE DEL MONDO 2015 RESULTS
 
World Champion 2015:                       Champagne de Saint Gall
Brut Selection Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs 2012
 
Best of Italy 2015:                   Ca’ del Bosco Franciacorta DOCG
                                                Cuvée Annamaria Clementi 2006
 
Best International 2015                        Hambledon Première Cuvée NV
 
For more information on Bollicine del Mondo, please contact:
Carlo Rossi at Euposia on carlo.rossi@bancopopolare.it
 
For more information on Hambledon, please contact:
Bryony Wright at Proven Communication on bryony.wright@provencommunication.co.uk