The ICCWS 2016 welcomes new sponsor from the heart of Hampshire.
Hattingley Valley’s custom-built eco-friendly winery was completed in 2010 with the latest technology and equipment from continental Europe and was the first UK winery to adopt solar power. Hattingley Valley use classic grape varieties and the traditional method for wine-making and a key element of Hattingley Valley’s production is the subtle use of oak barrels to ferment and lees-age a small proportion of the wines each year, as well as ageing on lees in stainless steel tanks.
Why has Hattingley Valley decided to sponsor ICCWS 2016?
Owner Simon Robinson explains: “English wine making has been going through an exciting period of growth for a number of years now, largely as a result of the realisation that we can make first class sparkling wines, and Hattingley Valley is very much a part of this development. Indeed, English Sparkling Wine making is reaching a turning point with the 2014 harvest which many feel will produce one of the best vintages yet. Outside the UK awareness of what we can do is increasing, and buyers are almost invariably very impressed by our products. That said, we think a continuing process of education both in the UK (there are still plenty of people who do not realise how good English Sparkling Wine is) and overseas is necessary. ”
“The International Cool Climate Wine Symposium is a key forum in which to get out our message that we rank amongst the world’s best cool climate wine making regions. This is the first time it is being held in England which is very exciting and indicative of our collective success. We are therefore delighted to support the Symposium and, indeed, Hattingley Valley’s award winning head winemaker Emma Rice is on the Content Workstream Committee.”