From Our Editors
Cottonworth is a family-run farm and vineyard based in Hampshire between Stockbridge and Andover. The owner's son, Hugh, runs the wine enterprise, having planted the family's first vines in 2005 after working for a wine producer in Burgundy, France. He worked on vineyards in New Zealand and South Africa before attending Plumpton College to gain a degree in Viticulture and Oenology. In addition to its vineyards, the farm provides a haven for fishing and wildlife.
Only one person to show over 40 people around, a quick trip up to the vineyard. Nice wines. Buffet served but mad rush by most of the guests leaving scraps for the last people up! The member of staff now too busy selling wine to people who were leaving so unable to ask for more food. .... Contacted vineyard who weren't interested, more interested in telling me that they don't make any money doing the groupon deal!!
A very lucid talk by their Italian speaking wine expert, and a really good lunch afterwards. Both the food and the wine tastings were generous and of high quality.
The 35 acres of vines were beautifully managed. They also have two vinyards in France, also smallish operations, and we sampled their wines too. However, the French offerings were very pricey indeed at nearly £30 per bottle.
We did buy two of their very nice English sparkling wines afterwards, but at nearly £30 each they too were a little expensive we thought. This is no doubt due to the fact that the Cottonworth Vinyard is quite a small winery in the market and both their production and bottling have to be contracted out to a much larger concern near Alresford it seems, no doubt at a high cost.
For the experience and really excellent lunch a deal through Groupon is very good value indeed. Almost good enough to award a 5 out of 5, but for the rather expensive purchases afterwards, not that there was any sales pressure at all to buy at the end of our visit.
Very informative tour, lovely lunch and great wine tasting
Very good talk and tasty nicely presented ploughmans lunch in very pleasant surroundings
Fantastic enjoyable afternoon . Very interesting , lovely high quality wines, lunch excellent quality food .
Can only say positives as really enjoyed it
A detailed and interesting talk was provided by the vineyard manager while we stood with a group of about twenty people. He described the way the weather affected the vines, their life span and how the grapes were harvested. We were then taken to a nearby dining room where we introduced to wines that were produced using the vineyard grapes. The wines were sparkling white and rose and we enjoyed three glasses. A very tasty buffet style salad lunch was provided. The whole experience lasted about two hours. We were a little disappointed that we didn't see the wine making process but the grapes were taken to a different location for processing. It was a pleasant and informative way to pass a couple of hours.
Great talk from Frederico who was very knowledgable and funny!
Tour very interesting and wine amazing as was the lunch
We were very well looked after for the whole time. Frederico was fascinating and engaging and kept up our interest throughout. There was no hard sell at all. We were not pressed to buy anything just reminded that the wine was on sale in the shop if we wanted to buy some.
The food was delicious and there was plenty of it.
Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.
bought as a birthday present for my friend and she was over the moon with the experience and the lunch was superb, lovely treat and wines great
Very good wine tour, the tour guide was very informative. We would recommend their sparkling wine and the lunch was lovely with lots of it.