Attendees pour in for annual wine celebration

The Vineyards of Hampshire’s seventh Fizz Fest was another sparkling success with over 1,200 English sparkling wine lovers attending in the warm sunshine.

Hosted on Sunday 21 July by Exton Park Vineyard in the glorious Meon Valley, this year’s event was opened with an exciting ‘sabrage’ by Strictly Come Dancing judge, Craig Revel Horwood. 

“We are very grateful to Craig for his wonderful support of the Vineyards of Hampshire, and are very excited that he is planting his own vineyard at his Hampshire home,” said co-organiser, Caroline Stevens from Danebury Vineyards. 

This is the seventh annual wine festival held by the Vineyards of Hampshire, who are dedicated to promoting Hampshire’s superb quality sparkling and still wines, and the county’s unique terroir.

With a branded wine glass in their hand, the attendees poured into the main marquee to taste over fifteen different sparkling wines on offer from the eight award-winning vineyards that make up the Vineyards of Hampshire; Black Chalk (nr Winchester), Cottonworth Vineyards (Andover), Danebury Vineyards (Stockbridge), Exton Park Vineyard (Meon Valley), Hambledon Vineyard (Waterlooville), Hattingley Valley (Alresford), Jenkyn Place (Alton) and Raimes (Titchborne).

Many also attended wine workshops and partook in the wonderful array of local food stands, accompanied by music from the amazing Alresford Ukulele Jam.

“The Vineyards of Hampshire annual Fizz Fest is fast becoming a date in the July diary for wine lovers, and we are delighted with the resounding success of the event this year,” said this year’s host, Kit Ellen of Exton Park Vineyard. “It’s a testament to the growing popularity of Hampshire still and sparkling wine, and we’re incredibly excited to see how the festival develops in the future.”

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