The Notebook

Harvest begins at Hambledon

After much nervous waiting and poring over the weather forecasts, we finally started harvesting our grapes on Thursday. In one day alone we were able to pick around 8 tonnes of mature, healthy Pinot Noir fruit, filling our small Coquard press twice over. It was a huge achievement! We've now moved onto the Pinot Meunier and expect to start picking the Chardonnay some time in the next 10 days, touch wood.
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Getting ready for harvest

The lovely weather in the last couple of weeks has given us a real boost in the run up to harvest. Last week's warm and sunny spell in particular helped to produce a big jump in sugar and acidity levels of the grapes. We don't want to jump the gun, but I think you can safely say that we are quietly confident that we should get a good, healthy crop this year, providing the rains stay away for the next couple of weeks. We are now in the midst of a formal survey of maturation to identify the best potential harvest dates.
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August at the Vineyard

August tends to be a quiet month in the viticultural calendar, as we watch the grapes grow and ripen and start to gear up towards harvest.
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HRH Duchess of Cornwall opens our new winery

This month saw the official opening of our new winery, which was a truly memorable day for all of us here at Hambledon. Not only were we joined by 60 private guests, but HRH Duchess of Cornwall was our guest of honour!
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Silver Award

Ian and I were very excited to get invited to the EWWOTYC award ceremony recently in the House of Commons. Not only was it a great honour to attend such a prestigious event at the forefront of the English Wine industry, but also to get to see inside such an important British building.
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The Mill Down Disgorgement

There was great excitement in the winery a few days ago when we used our brand new semi-automatic disgorging and dosing line for the first time since it was installed on February 10th...

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English Wine Producers Tasting 2013

Whilst the vineyard has been springing into life, we've also been busy elsewhere at the English Wine Producers Trade Tasting in London on 9th May.
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The Bees

The last few days at Hambledon has seen the arrival of some new residents…a swarm of bees that decided our vines were the ideal habitat for them.  Watch this space, Hambledon Honey could become a new line for us!

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Les Pleurs de la Vigne

We have finally seen some changes in the vinyard after a long winter as the sun has decided to come out to play at last! Not only are blue skies becoming more common, but we are also starting to feel a little warmth from the sun, which is reflected in the vineyard.
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Vendange

The spring of 2011 was amazing in Hambledon. We had not one drop of rain for 12 weeks...

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Building the Winery

At Hambledon we believe in treating our product as delicately as possible in order that we can make the best wine we can from our terroir.

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Planting the Vines

Immediately after Hambledon Vineyard completed its fund raising, work started preparing for the planting of an additional 55,000...

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