On what has become a regular Christmas feature, Vineyards of Hampshire, which now includes nine leading Hampshire vineyards, hosted its annual festive event ‘Fairy Lights & Fizz’ at the Winchester Guildhall and attended by over 150 people from all over Hampshire. Hampshire’s finest sparkling wines were in full flow, with 16 different award-winning sparkling wines available for attendees to sample from the vineyards of Black Chalk, Cottonworth, Danebury, Exton Park, The Grange, Hambledon, Hattingley Valley, Jenkyn Place and Raimes. The evening proved to be the perfect opportunity for guests to stock up their wine rack with festive fizz.
With the drama of the nations’ election as its backdrop, BBC Breakfast presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Mike Bushell officially opened the festivities. The event venue had been festooned in fairy lights, while the spectacular Twilight Trees shimmered in the rooms adding further glamour.
The event also marked an exciting addition to the Vineyards of Hampshire family, with The Grange from Itchen Abbas near Alresford becoming the group’s newest member.
Later in the evening a golden envelope raffle was held for the Murray Parish Trust, compared by Mike Bushell, where over £500 was raised for the charity.
Caroline Stevens of Danebury Vineyards said “The Vineyards of Hampshire Fairy Lights and Fizz evening was a great success, with many of the guests commenting that they had the most enjoyable and educational time tasting and learning about Hampshire sparkling wines. We would like to thank Mike Bushell for opening the festivities and look forward to holding our Fairy Lights & Fizz event in Winchester again next year.”