Village business to host the wine tasting fayre

Helenka and William Brown preparing to host a wine tasting at Hickling Pastures

Wine connoisseurs and foodies are invited to attend the event at Hanwell Wine Estate, Hickling Pastures on Saturday from 2-9pm.

Over 50 wines, craft beers, ciders and gins, along with a selection of local dishes, will be on offer in the picturesque setting of the winery, with live music throughout.

The fayre will showcase Midlands wine credentials, including Hanwell’s own sparkling wine, which we have made using the traditional Champagne method, to an icewine with an awards history from its parent vineyard, which is located also in the East Midlands.

Dating back to the 1970s, the foundations of the estate were laid when Helenka Brown’s parents found a single vine in the dilapidated greenhouse of the new family home they had just moved into.

The discovery inspired the family to venture into the world of wine production, and Eglantine Vineyard was officially opened in 1979, holding the title of world’s northernmost commercial vineyard by the mid-1980s. Helenka and her husband William founded Hanwell Wine Estate in 2012, specializing in English sparkling wine.

The grape varieties first harvested in 2015 were Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, resulting in the launch of Hanwell’s first sparkling wine in 2018. Today, the estate has approximately 8,000 vineyards tended by family and supported by a team of local staff and volunteers.

Helenka Brown said: “When my father first decided to plant a vineyard here in the East Midlands in the 1970s people laughed and thought it couldn’t be done.

“After 20 years of testing over 250 grape varieties, he was able to produce award-winning wines.

“With Hanwell, we want to continue this tradition of producing world-class English wine and invite people to be part of the experience by joining us for a tasting, a tour or just a picnic in the beautiful countryside.

“We look forward to welcoming people to our wine fair and celebrating the incredible wine and produce this region has to offer.”

A variety of ticket options for the event – ​​and campsites on the grounds of the Hanwell Wine Estate for those wishing to stay overnight – are available to book via the official winery website, with prices for holders adult tickets from £34 for an Early Bird All Areas Access Ticket (AAA).

General admission starts from £19, while under-18s get in free but must be accompanied by an adult over 25.

Visitors who purchase a ticket that includes the wine tasting option will be able to choose from three different time slots; 2 p.m.-4 p.m., 3 p.m.-5 p.m. or 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Tastings will be limited to AAA ticket holders and bars will be open for wine by the glass and bottle from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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