Test Valley Vineyards
Why Test Valley is good for vineyards
The River Test is famous across the world for the gentle art of fly fishing. The gin clear water owes its character to the Hampshire chalk over which it flows.
The 300-foot thick layer of upper chalk, laid down 100 million years ago, extends under the English Channel to northern France - home to Champagne and Chablis and also makes Test Valley the perfect place for another interesting local product – the grapes to make sparkling white wine and sparkling pink Rosé.
This leaflet celebrates wine growing and wine making in Test Valley and encourages you to come and sample its delights by visiting its many beautiful villages and exploring its lovely countryside. Enjoy a souvenir bottle from one of the local outlets or markets.
As the chalk characterises so much of Hampshire it is no surprise that the county plays host to dozens of vineyards from very small family-owned enterprises right up to some of the best-known English wineries.
Test Valley has 11 different vineyards and devotes more acres to wine growing (some 250 acres) than anywhere else in Hampshire.
The main grape varieties are:
Hampshire Downs Fine Cider Company Limited, Harewood Farm, Andover Down, Hampshire, SP11 6LJ
A new range of sparkling wines from the Test Valley from the producers of Chalkdown Cider – a multiple award winning champagne-method cider. The first release is expected in 2022.
Where to buy Test Valley wines
All local Waitrose stores
Chilbolton Village Store
Village Street, Chilbolton, Hampshire, SO206BE
Stone, Vine and Sun
No.13 Humphrey Farms, Hazeley Road, Twyford, Hampshire, SO21 1QA
The Rockingham Arms
Canada Road, West Wellow, Hampshire, SO51 6DE
High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6EX
The Leckford Estate Farm Shop and Cafe
Longstock Park Nursery, Stockbridge, SO20 6EH
Abbotts Ann Village Shop and Post Office
Duck Street, Abbotts Ann, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 7AZ
The Old Dairy, Fullerton Road, Cottonworth, Hampshire, SP11 7JX
Dish Deli and Kitchen
16 Latimer Street, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8DG
Hampshire Farmers Market, Romsey
First Sunday of every month from 10am to 2pm
Alma Road Car Park, Romsey, SO51 8ED
T & M Convenience Stores
7-9 Viney Avenue, Romsey, SO51 7NR
The Little Whiskey Shop
Lillies, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HF
Winchester Road, King's Somborne, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6NY