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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:

  • Chardonnay

  • Pinot Noir

  • Bacchus

  • Seyval Blanc

  • Reichensteiner

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Chalkdown Wines

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

01264 860231

Stone, Vine and Sun

No.13 Humphrey Farms, Hazeley Road, Twyford, Hampshire, SO21 1QA

01962 712351

The Rockingham Arms

Canada Road, West Wellow, Hampshire, SO51 6DE

01794 324798

Wine Utopia

High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6EX

01264 252080

The Leckford Estate Farm Shop and Cafe

Longstock Park Nursery, Stockbridge, SO20 6EH

01264 810270

Abbotts Ann Village Shop and Post Office

Duck Street, Abbotts Ann, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 7AZ

01264 710230

Fickle Pickle

The Old Dairy, Fullerton Road, Cottonworth, Hampshire, SP11 7JX

07724 117497

Dish Deli and Kitchen

16 Latimer Street, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8DG

01794 513663

Hampshire Farmers Market, Romsey

First Sunday of every month from 10am to 2pm

Alma Road Car Park, Romsey, SO51 8ED

01420 588671

T & M Convenience Stores

7-9 Viney Avenue, Romsey, SO51 7NR

01794 521019

The Little Whiskey Shop

Lillies, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HF

01264 811566

Cross Stores

Winchester Road, King's Somborne, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6NY

01794 388341

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