Hampshire’s Black Chalk Wine has opened a tasting room and courtyard at its winery in the heart of the Test valley.

The opening, which comes just over a year after Wild Escapes opened its treehouse accommodations adjacent to Black Chalk’s Hide vineyard, positions the winery as a destination and part of the burgeoning English tourism scene. The tasting room can accommodate 20 seated inside, with an additional 30 in the adjacent courtyard. Seating for a further 30 is available with a combination of deckchairs and picnic benches in The Circle vineyard, a stone’s throw from the courtyard.

The tasting room will focus on current Black Chalk vintages, alongside library collection bottles, tasting flights and guest wines from around the world, which have a connection to the Black Chalk team. The wines will be available by the bottle and by the glass, with bottles charged at retail prices plus £5.

The changing menu will celebrate the best producers from Hampshire and Dorset, focusing on charcuterie and cheese from local producers, all within a 30-mile radius of the winery. These will include Salisbury’s Lyburn Cheese, Shaftesbury’s Real Cure Charcuterie, ChalkStream Trout from the nearby River Test and Stockbridge’s Hoxton Bakehouse.

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