'A Classic Christmas'
Something English this Christmas…… A note from Ian Kellett, MD of Hambledon Vineyard.
Well what a year, and it ain’t over yet.
In the vineyard this year we broadly had some of the most amazing weather with that wonderful lockdown spring – the sunniest ever statistically – and some glorious August heat waves and a sunny September. Just 2-3 key weeks in June, when it rained continuously during our flowering time, meant yields in the vineyard fell a lot because the flowers did not set properly – millerandage the French call it. Still we had very clean fruit at harvest, with fabulous levels of natural sugar and still good acidity. Overall though it would be hard to complain about such a wonderful viticultural year. Even Nick, our vineyard manager, is quite happy, but that’s probably because the wine is now all in the tanks and he doesn’t have to worry about the weather until next March.
It was an awful year business wise though. As with many small companies the Covid challenges have been difficult for us. Some of our biggest customers were airlines and London restaurants – well you can guess how that’s gone. As a result, we are making a big drive at engaging more directly with you, our consumers, tasters, and especially our wine drinkers! Next year you will see and hear a lot of new things from us on that front. We are pushing on with building new facilities at the vineyard for visitors, so that we can feed people well after a tour and tasting, with a whole new hospitality suite built on top of our large new underground wine cellars (where you can see hundreds of thousands of bottles lying sur lattes – literally hand stacked on wooden lathes). We are hoping to open that midsummer 2021. So please do come and see us. You can buy gift vouchers for friends and family as Christmas presents to come for a guided tour of our vineyards, winery, cellars and a wine-tasting – just £17.00 each, a nice and thoughtful Christmas gift perhaps.
For Christmas this year we have other goodies – we have smart new Christmas gift packs which are being produced ready to deliver to people mid-December:
Very smart new Gift box with 2 glasses, our excellent fizz wine stopper, and a bottle of one of our wines.
We are also offering a mixed case of 6 bottles of our finest English sparkling wines (Noble Rot tasting winners, gold medal winners each of them):
2x Hambledon Classic Cuvée NV Brut, 2x Hambledon Classic Rosé (a fab wine), 2x Hambledon Premiere Cuvée (our top drop). We are offering this mixed case with a 10% discount.
Free Delivery! We have changed our delivery charge policy so that any order of 6 bottles or more are delivered free of delivery charges, anywhere in the UK (normally £12.50 per delivery).
You can order any of our wines as gifts for friends or family and we will deliver direct to them and with a little arm twisting on the phone we can even put in a Xmas card from you. Order at: https://www.hambledonvineyard.co.uk/the-wine-shop/english-sparkling-wine
Or if that’s in the too difficult just call our office on 02392 632358 and we can take your order over the phone. Please take a moment to check out our events over christmas that will be great fun and try to make the most of smaller socially distanced experiences.
Finally, after this awful year, my wife and I wish you and your family the best possible Christmas and our New Year wish for you all will be that this horrible episode somehow gets put behind us.
Lots of new events for Christmas 2020, check out some of our fun new events on the link below:
Our Events team have been busy working on socially distance events from pop up roasts in the winery, chocolate cake workshops, virtual wine tastings, graze boards and some of our classics including wreath making and cheese and wine pairings.
Here at Hambledon we LOVE christmas, and our staff share that passion, so for groups of up to 6 people per party settle into our magical wood panelled tasting room, sit and relax around the fireplace with an arrival drink of our Hambledon Classic Cuvee and let us worry about your every need.
Head on to a behind the bubbles tour of our Vineyards, cellar and Winery followed but a scrumptious Afternoon Tea specially designed for us here at Hambledon.
The yummy menu below, will be accompanied by a Glass of our Hambledon Rose.
Turkey and stuffing
Brie and cranberry
Gammon and English mustard
Egg mayo and watercress
Fruit scones, raspberry jam and clotted cream
Fruit scones; strawberry jam, clotted cream and butter
Spiced orange drizzle cake
Mini Mince Pie
Tea or Hot Chocolate with Homemade rum truffle
Prices are £32.50 per Person (Terms and Conditions apply) Groups of up to 6 in one booking/ party. The event last about two and a half hours. Perfect to fill an afternoon. Just call our office to book.
Christmas Tours and Tastings
'At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year' A quote from Thomas Tusser, so of christmas wouldn't be complete without festive fizz. Sample our award winning Classic Cuvee, Classic Cuvee Rose and our Flagship Hambledon Premiere Cuvee after a tour of the vineyard and winery. A lovely easy way to celebrate your COVID Freindly Xmas Party.
Why not end your year with some... Festive Cheers...
Prices are £20.00 per Person (Terms and Conditions apply) Groups of up to 6. Valid Monday to Sunday .Evening supplement after 6pm of £5 per head. The event last about two hours.
Our christmas Shop from the 1st November will be open 7 days a week - 9-5pm Monday to Friday and 10.30 - 5.30pm Satutrday and Sunday.
Want to orgnaise a click and collect, we can also take orders over the phone for you to collect from our COVID reception point so you don't have to enter the site.
We have lots of items other than wine including cakes and merch for you to check out.