Hambledon expands wine education options

Hampshire-based Hambledon Vineyard has expanded its wine education and personal development courses for 2018.

The English wine producer said the move is designed to enable wine trade members and wine enthusiasts to fully immerse themselves in the subject, within the working setting of “one of the UK’s most exciting cutting-edge wine estates”.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses are offered at both Level 1 (completed in a day) and Level 2 (over a long weekend or as nine weekly evening classes). These courses also give students the unique chance to experience the reality of viticulture and winemaking in situ.

For those looking for a more holistic personal development offering, Hambledon is now running Yoga in the Vineyard day retreats, while those wanting to learn about different styles of sparkling wine can work with Joe Wadsack to create their own personalised bottle of fizz at the producer’s Be a Winemaker evenings.

Katrina Smith, Hambledon’s education manager, said: “All our courses offer a truly immersive experience with a tour of the vineyard, winery and cellar and a tasting of Hambledon’s award-winning wines. For those wanting to go beyond the book, there’s nothing to beat learning at a working wine estate. For example, if someone is struggling to understand an element of viticulture or winemaking, we can just wander out into the vineyards or into the winery – bringing the whole production process to life there and then.”

WSET courses start from £175 per head for Level 1 and £475 for Level 2, including all wine samples. Yoga retreats are £85 and the Be a Winemaker evenings cost £84 per head. 

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