Hattingley Valley is a family owned business located in Hampshire specialising in premium English sparkling wines.
Simon Robinson established Hattingley Valley in 2008. Following in depth feasibility studies, the first 28 acre south facing site was planted in May of that year with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Alongside Emma Rice they planned the modern, eco-friendly winery in Wield that was completed in 2010. It uses the latest technology and equipment from continental Europe, has sophisticated waste disposal facilities and was the first UK winery to adopt solar power. In the UK top six in capacity we also benefit from having a full wine analysis laboratory on site.
We currently manage over 24 hectares (60 acres) of vines across two well-situated sites under the watchful eyes of our vineyard managers. The vines are nurtured throughout the growing year with an environmentally-sensitive approach to viticulture ensuring optimum ripeness, yield and quality of fruit.
At Hattingley Valley, we use the traditional method for making our wines. A key element of our style is the subtle use of oak barrels to ferment a small proportion of the wines each year, as well as ageing on lees in stainless steel tanks. This helps to soften the wines before they go into bottles for the second fermentation. Our talented wine making team is led by Emma Rice who trained at Plumpton College and has worked overseas in other major wine areas including Tasmania and California. Emma was awarded the prestigious title of Winemaker of the Year in 2014 in the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition. Emma reclaimed this honour in 2016 and is the first woman to be awarded the title twice.
The butterfly you see across Hattingley’s branding is the Silver-washed Fritillary, a rare butterfly often found in the chalk-based vineyard. The presence of this special butterfly shows that the vineyard is a thriving environment with a rich biodiversity.
Since launching its first release in August 2013, Hattingley Valley has been recognised in competitions across the globe and developed into one of the most respected producers of English sparkling wines in the country. Hattingley was awarded the ‘World Champion’ trophy for its 2011 Blanc de Blancs in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017. This is an exciting addition to the trophy cabinet which includes ‘Best Vintage Rosé’ awarded to the 2011 vintage, Hattingley’s first release of this style, by the same competition in 2014.
Today our sparkling wines are enjoyed locally and we export to 16 countries around the world as far afield as Sydney, San Francisco and Kazakhstan; we are proud to be locally acclaimed and internationally renowned.
Awards tally to date
13 x Trophies
3 x Best in Class
22 x Gold medals
38 x Silver medals (including 1 Silver Outstanding)
12 x Bronze medals
Harvest is an extremely busy time of year for the team and 2018 was our largest harvest to date pressing just under 700 tonnes of grapes! For an insight into what occurs during harvest watch our video below. At harvest the days are long and the work is physically demanding but there's also a lot of fun to be had and the camaraderie amongst the harvest team is unbeatable. More videos can be found on our You Tube channel by clicking on the social icon at the top of the website or just click through to our channel here.