Hampshire Fizz hits supermarket shelves

Added on 06 December 2012

Hampshire-based wine estate, Jenkyn Place, has been given the official thumbs up by Waitrose which is now listing the Jenkyn Place Brut 2008 in 22 of its stores across the home counties of Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex. Jenkyn Place is located in Bentley in north Hampshire and joined Hampshire Fare in 2012.

'We are delighted that Waitrose is now listing our wine,' says the owner of Jenkyn Place, Simon Bladon. The Diamond Jubilee and Olympics have really shone the spotlight on English wines this year and more and more people are beginning to discover just how good they really are. The fact that English sparkling wines were selected in favour of the more traditional Champagne at exclusive events such as the Royal Wedding and Olympic Banquet, has sent out a strong message that England is more than capable of producing world-class wines.'

The wine will retail at £21.99 and will also be available online from Waitrose Wine Direct. Waitrose is a major supporter of English wine, responsible for selling around a third of all English still wines (representing 43% of market share in value terms). Waitrose also accounts for 65% value share of English sparkling wine.

A bumper year for awards

Jenkyn Place has enjoyed a great year on the awards front and has plenty to celebrate as well as this supermarket success.

The Jenkyn Place Brut 2008 won a silver medal at the UK Vineyards Association English & Welsh Wine Awards and bronze medals at both the Decanter World Wine Awards and the Sommelier Wine Awards. It was also given the maximum five stars in the 'What Food, What Wine' Awards for pairing so well with smoked salmon. www.whatfoodwhatwine.com).

The Jenkyn Place Ros? 2008 scooped a silver medal at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards, a silver medal at the UK Vineyards Association English & Welsh Wine Awards and bronze medals at this year's International Wine & Spirits Competition and International Wine Challenge. It was also awarded four stars in the 'What Food, What Wine' Awards for being an excellent match with strawberries and cream.

Jenkyn Place is a small, family-owned estate set in the idyllic countryside of North Hampshire. It was established in 2004 with excellence in mind and designed and planted to produce two top quality, award-winning English sparkling wines - a white (Brut) and a Ros?, made in the traditional method from classic Champagne varieties - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The 12 acres of vineyards, previously hop fields, are located on sheltered, south-facing slopes, straddling the 100m contour of Hampshire's North Downs. The soil, greensand over marlstone, is perfectly suited to the Champagne varieties. The first vines were planted in 2004 and the first vintage of Jenkyn Place was produced in 2006.

Jenkyn Place itself is an impressive Grade II listed building, dating from the 18th Century. Located in Bentley, between Farnham and Alton, it is said to have been the building where the owner of White Star Lines, Harold Sanderson learned of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. It is now home to owners, Simon and Rebecca Bladon.

Jenkyn Place Brut and Jenkyn Place Ros? are available from independent wine merchants across the country and from selected online merchants.

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