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Toast to the Test

Test Valley is renowned for producing delightful tipples, from full-bodied wines to
the finest gin, and award-winning ales. Its sheltered slopes make it a haven for growing
the “holy trinity” of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir to make English
sparkling wine, and the River Test is one of the purest chalk streams in England, offering
crystal clear waters that make its riverbanks perfect for distilling.

If you have a nose for fine wine, love to sample the fresh botanicals of a delightful gin, or want to discover the flavour of the local brew, you’ve come to the right place! Danebury Vineyard near Stockbridge, named after one of the most famous Iron Age hill forts in the country, covers seven acres of sheltered southfacing fields on chalk and flint soil and produces another award-winning sparkling and still white wine.

In Andover, Black Chalk Valley Vineyard uses oak barrels and time on lees to provide their wine with depth and complexity. The result is a fruit driven, perfectly balanced, crisp English sparkling wine.

If you prefer a glass of rosé on a hot summer’s day, Somborne Valley Vineyard is for you. Lying on the Hoplands Estate outside Kings Somborne, it has become renowned for its rich, creamy sparkling and delicate still rosé. You may recognise The Leckford Estate as it’s
owned by the John Lewis Partnership. It produces 57 tonnes of grapes from its 17,000 vines - enough to fill 37,000 bottles! The estate includes a farm shop, café and plant nursery, which you can explore.

Don’t miss the annual Vineyards of Hampshire Fizz Fest on 24th July at Black Chalk, with special guest, TV Wine Expert, best-selling author & Hampshire resident, Helen McGinn.
Sample over twenty different sparkling and still wines, plus live entertainment, masterclasses and food stalls.

If it’s gin that tickles your taste buds, then a visit to Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill will share 1000 years of its history. Walkthrough its famous Glasshouses and awaken your senses with the showcase of botanicals. The River Test Distillery producers of Mayfly Gin, crafts ‘True River Spirit’, and is a must-try for any gin lover. In Andover, you’ll
find Test Valley Gin, where you can enjoy a relaxed experience in their tasting room.

For those who prefer something with a bit more bite, you’ll love the biscuit hues of the hops at Flack Manor Brewery in Romsey with their distinctive rich golden summer ales, full flavour classic bitters and smooth ruby-coloured beers. While you’re enjoying the taste of local, sample ales from Betteridge’s Brewery that lies just north of Andover.

In the heart of Andover, you’ll find The Andover Tap. A micro-bar where you can enjoy real and craft ales, local gins and a selection of wines. If you’re feeling a bit peckish then their local pork pies, quiche, snacks and nibbles, washed down with tea and locally roasted coffee will really hit the spot!

Test Valley really does have something to suit all tastes, with many establishments offering charming venues and a warm welcome.
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