Raimes have built a stunning new wine barn which elevates their wine tasting experience. Fitting neatly into the surroundings, it has a cool and smart interior. You might be mistaken for thinking you are visiting a wine estate in South Africa or New Zealand, as you can drop in and soak up the vineyard and enjoy their grower produced English sparkling wines. Previously their courtyard was located in their 15C farmyard overlooked by horses, it has now grown into its new location with fabulous views, more space, style and comfort but all the same charm, and surrounded by the vines that produce the wine.

Augusta Raimes is delighted “It has been a big and exciting step for us, and we are delighted with the new Tasting Barn in its new home among the vines. The investment in the new barn has started a new chapter for our vineyard. One that firmly embeds our commitment and vision for the future development of the English Wine Industry ….”

The Tasting Barn and cellar door shop opposite Hinton Ampner House and village is open to drop in on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am. Drop in for a glass of their wine, a tasting flight or grazing board with regional cheeses. With seating inside and out it’s a visit for any weather and with plenty of space large groups can be accommodated.  Bookings are only required for their vineyard tours or guided tastings which are a mini masterclass on the aromas and flavours and wine making decisions.

Raimes are also celebrating achieving their latest scoop of gold medals, receiving acclaim and international recognition for the 2018 Classic and 2018 Vintage Rose. The 2018 Classic, from that incredible vintage, is looking to be one of their most successful releases so far. Achieving 95 points and gold medals from both Decanter and The International Wine and Spirit Competition. Decanter judges described “Orchard characters on the very elegant nose, good concentration on the palate with crisp citrus and bready notes. Long, elegant finish and division of structural power.”

Renowned for quality and excellence, growing and cultivating the very best grapes stems from their family farming heritage. Incredible fruit leads to exceptional wine and with the care and attention to growing the highest quality grapes in the vineyard, it’s no surprise that they have developed international recognition.