I recently visited Hambledon Vineyard in Hampshire where they produce remarkable British sparkling wines. I’m a massive fan of English wines and really believe we produce some of the best wines in the world. They are often made with love in small vineyards and have so much more character than many I have tasted from elsewhere. I’m more used to the wines from Kent, particularly enjoying Chapel Down in Tenterden, but it’s brilliant to have found something even more local. In fact, it only took me 15 minutes to reach the vineyard from Emsworth!

Whilst it is often true that English wines may cost more than your average bottle in the supermarket, I am much happier drinking superior wines on a less frequent basis!

Hambledon Vineyard offer tours for small groups for £10 pp – which can be redeemed against any wine purchased. The bottle of Mill Down I bought is reserved for a special occasion – I just need to think of a reason to celebrate asap!