Hattingley Valley’s founder, Simon Robinson always wanted to create something quintessentially British and was inspired to pursue his dream when he heard a radio programme in 2000 on the rapidly developing English wine scene.
With family encouragement, he turned over 25 acres of chalky, south sloping fields in Hampshire to vineyards and the continuing presence of the beautiful, rare Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly, indicates the extent of the vineyard’s biodiversity and healthy environment.
Simon employed the latest laser-guided planting technology but also recognised the need for an expert winemaker. Emma Rice joined the team in 2008 and launched Hattingley’s first wine in 2013. Emma was among the first to obtain a BSc in Viticulture and Oenology from Plumpton College and then honed her winemaking skills in Australia and California. Hattingley’s vines have continued to grow so successfully under her expert care that Emma won UK Winemaker of the Year in 2014 and 2016, the first woman to have won this prestigious prize twice.
With over 90 medals and three World Champion trophies, we’ve defined a clear direction in our winemaking style and our identity as a British brand
Under Emma Rice’s leadership, the team has expanded rapidly from two to 20 today and Hattingley is now one of the largest wineries in Britain. In 2015 Gareth Maxwell joined the family as commercial director and quickly established a successful worldwide distribution network, with the result that Hattingley is probably the widest distributed English sparkling wine in the USA. Most recently, Hattingley is proud to have collaborated with British Airways on the July 2019 launch of a Blanc de Noir sparkling wine for its First Class cabins and lounges as part of the airline’s centenary celebrations.
In 2020 Hattingley celebrates its tenth anniversary. ‘We’re extremely optimistic looking ahead and proud of what we’ve achieved,’ says Gareth Maxwell. ‘With over 90 medals and three World Champion trophies, we’ve defined a clear direction in our winemaking style and our identity as a British brand. Despite current uncertainty, we continue to drive forwards and take advantage of opportunities. Competing at a premium level as a small, family owned business isn’t always easy but our dedicated team puts in 100% effort to produce stunning wines that we can be proud to drink here as a nation and also promote on the world stage.’