A drink made from fermenting the juice from grapes grown in England and Wales. Not from imported juice or concentrate – that is British wine

Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival

13 July 2014 - 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Could Hampshire be the next hotspot for great English wine? This is your chance to find out. Six award-winning vineyards are getting together at the picturesque Jenkyn Place Vineyard, near Farnham on Sunday 13 July. Taste and meet the people behind Hambledon, Hattingley Valley, Meonhill, Danebury, Cottonworth and – of course Jenkyn Place.

Take a tour with Jenkyn Place founder Simon Bladon and his daughter Camilla around the gently sloping vineyards.

English Wine Tasting 2014 highlights

Earlier this year English wineries gathered a stone's throw from Parliament Square to share their wines with the drinks trade. Following a good, if challenging at times, harvest in 2013, the still wines didn't disappoint, and the sparklers once more showed why England is becoming such a force on the fizz world stage.

Here are my highlights, as prepared for Imbibe, the magazine for restaurants, pubs and bars.

West Street English Tasting Menu

11 July 2014 - 7:00pm

To celebrate summer, the talented kitchen crew at West Street Vineyard have put together a special menu to pair with English wines.

Starting with English cucumber gazpacho and running through to an East Anglian cheese plate, there will be six courses and six wines.

Head to the Vineyard's engaging facebook page to find out more.


£60 inc 6 wines

Sussex Wine Bus Tours

28 June 2014 - 27 September 2014

Forget the Busman’s Holiday, this is his nibs's Big Day Out.

Travel around some of Sussex’ finest vineyards amidst the charm of a vintage Routemaster bus.

You'll visit leading wine producers, including the likes of Ridgeview and Bolney Estate. There's a stop for a pub lunch or a Sussex-inspired buffet.

Greyfriars Open Day

28 June 2014 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday sees the flinging open of field gates and winery doors as Hogs Back’s latest major drinks player, Greyfriars Vineyard, holds its Summer open day.

Fresh from their success at the Sommelier Wine Awards – winning Silver for its 2011 Sparkling Rosé – and Decanter World Wine Awards too, Greyfriars is offering free tours and tastes of its news wine. So, as well as a chance to try the medal-winners, you'll be among the first to sample the 2011 Blanc de Blanc and the 2012 Rosé Reserve.

English Wine Festival

7 June 2014 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

Live anywhere near Oxford? Well you’re in luck. Along with the annual Oxford Pride march, tomorrow sees the biggest public tasting of English wines for the year. Nearly 200 Engiish and Welsh wines will be available at the English Wine Festival at the Oxford Union from 11am to 6pm.

And why? Because the local wine association has been host over the last week for the UK Wine of the Year Competition. So you’ll be getting the first chance to taste this year’s award-winners. And although the judges are keeping schtum on the identity of the winners, they have let slip that it looks like a bumper year.