Duchess of Cornwall calls for new name for English sparkling wine
This week the Duchess of Cornwall officiated the opening of the redeveloped Hambledon Vineyard Winery in Hampshire and challenged the trade to come up with a better name for English sparkling wine.
The Duchess of Cornwall, who is president of the UK Vineyard Association, said: “Everyone ought to put their heads together and find a new English name for sparkling wine. I don’t think sparkling sounds good enough. I think it ought to have something with more depth, that’s my good plan to find a new word for it. If anyone’s got any ideas I’d be thrilled.”
Hambledon Vineyard, located in the South Downs in Hampshire, produces English sparkling wines and is the country’s oldest commercial vineyard, originally established in 1952 by Major General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones.
Current owner Ian Kellett acquired the estate in 1999 and began the redevelopment of the land in 2005. The most recent redevelopment saw a £2.5-million investment to complete an all-gravity-fed winery.
The new state-of-the-art winery has been designed under the partnership of Kellett and Hervé Jestin, former chef de cave at Duval Leroy and head winemaker, ensuring that no electrical pumping is required in the winemaking process, in line with the vineyard’s philosophy of minimal-intervention winemaking.
Her Royal Highness tasted some of the base wines that will go into the new Hambledon prestige cuvée to be launched in 2015.