Hampshire

Hampshire and the Islands


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Hampshire is the cradle of the English vineyard renaissance. Hambledon was the first, with Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones' initial plantings in 1952. Wellow,Wooldings Meon Valley and Lymington were well known by the early 1990s. Then a decline seemed to set in. The Wessex Association declined in importance, held together largely by the determination of Roger Marchbank and Stephen Flook of Court Lane.
The new century has witnessed a major revival. Several 'sparkling' vineyards have been planted and new viticulturalists and owners have sttled in the area. In 2010, Skelton recorded 32 vineyards in the county and 4 in the Isle of Wight. The future is sparkling bright- the future may even be rose.

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