Mentzendorff commercially launches Hambledon Vineyard
Mentzendorff has "commercially launched" Hambledon Vineyards, with the English sparkling wine producer now officially joining the portfolio as of today.
As reported earlier this year, the wine importer has added its first-ever English Sparking wine agency, which, it noted, also happens to be the UK’s oldest commercial vineyard, founded in 1952.
Hambledon has recently increase plantings of up to 200 acres of Estate Vineyards. This is coupled with the building of a 1.8 million bottle storage facility, ensuring that all wine can continue to be aged on site as sales grow. The facility is currently under construction and it sits adjacent to the only gravity-fed winery in the UK.
The producer is also working on a visitor centre and tasting room, which will have the potential to welcome up to 50,000 visitors a year.
Ian Kellett, managing director for Hambledon Vineyard, said: “Hambledon has already come a long way, but there remain many opportunities for us ahead and we have a number of new projects in the pipeline. We are delighted to be partnering with Mentzendorff and are looking forward to benefitting from their distribution and in-depth knowledge of the premium sparkling category to continue to develop the presence of our current range and future releases.”
Andrew Hawes, managing director for Mentzendorff said: “Hambledon Vineyard is a natural addition to our portfolio of family-owned wine companies all of whom represent the very highest quality from their respective regions.
“We have followed the development of English Sparkling Wine with great interest and are very excited to be, for the first time, offering our customers a unique complementary portfolio of the highest quality Champagne and Sparkling wines – placing Hambledon (where it justifiably belongs within English Sparking Wine) alongside Champagne Bollinger, Champagne Ayala & Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire, in a market for quality sparkling wine that continues to grow and excite huge interest from the trade and consumers.”