We are thrilled to be working with Hambledon Vineyard, the oldest commercial vineyard in England. It was founded in 1952 by Major General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones, and is now managed by Ian Kellett, who has overseen the vineyards grow from humble beginnings into a prestigious and well-known brand, which is on its way to becoming the biggest and most successful sparkling wine producer in the UK.
Ian Kellett’s passion and enthusiasm for both Hambledon and the wines it produces is evident the minute you arrive. His thirst for knowledge led him to study Oenology, Viticulture and Vineyard Geology at Plumpton College, and his studies left him in no doubt that sparkling wines are the future of winemaking at Hambledon, thanks to the geology of the chalky slopes along with the cool climate.
Their state-of-the-art on-site winery opened in 2011...
...and allows them to minimise the time between picking and pressing. Hambledon’s 200 acres are planted with 100,000 established vines of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The estate produce a flagship Premiere Cuvée that launched in 2015.
In 2009 their ambitious plans also led them to enlist the services of renowned wine expert Hervé Jestin. Previously one of Champagne’s leading Chef de Caves, Hervé specialises in minimal-intervention winemaking. This exciting and high profile appointment puts Hambledon in an enviably strong position for future of British champagne.