It’s that time of year again, the time to celebrate love in all its forms. And we couldn’t be more excited to share the love this Valentine’s Day, with some very special gifts to let your loved ones know you care.
Nestled on the edge of the picturesque South Downs in rural Hampshire, Hattingley Valley Vineyards quietly thrive. Tucked away amidst winding country lanes and quiet hedgerows, it's easy to overlook the fact that this serene location, houses one of the UK's largest wineries. Unbeknownst to many, within our facilities, over a million bottles are gracefully ageing, ready to one day, reach your table.
What is so special about our 2020 sparkling rosé? A note about the vintage
One such bottle is our Limited Edition Valentine’s Rosé 2020. Delicately pink in colour with a beautifully fine mousse, this English Rose is wonderfully aromatic with the classic notes of strawberries and raspberries on the nose and just a hint of pomegranate. On the palate, the aromas develop with pink grapefruit and sweet marshmallow complimenting the wine's rich texture and smooth and creamy finish. Read the tasting notes here. Produced in limited numbers this one-off limited edition bottle, with its special heart label is the ideal gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
2020 was certainly a historic year in many ways, for English viticulture, it will be remembered for its gloriously long and hot summer. From a tricky start with some early spring frosts, the remainder of the 2020 growing season was near perfect with unseasonably warm weather from late spring through to early summer, a few days of rain in August made way for a mini heatwave in September, which led to the earliest harvest in our history with little disease pressure and beautifully clean and ripe fruit. A vintage that will be remembered for its quality for years to come.
Hand-picked and quality selected by our army of local volunteers, the pinot grapes were whole-pressed ready to start the winemaking process. 20% of the final blend was aged in old Burgundian oak barrels to impart a touch of oak flavour and add a beautiful texture and richness to the wine. A dash of the Pinot Noir clone, Pinot Précoce was blended in to give the wine its beautiful delicate pink colour before bottling. Post-secondary fermentation in the bottle, the wine was left for 24 months to age on its lees before disgorging. If you would like to learn more about the traditional method winemaking process from grape to glass, join us on a Winery Tour and Tasting where we’ll let you take a peek behind the scenes of one of the UK’s largest working wineries.
What should I cook my partner on Valentine’s Day? Thinking Pink with the food and wine pairings!
Looking to enjoy our Sparkling Rosé, alongside a romantic Valentine’s meal? No fear, we have the perfect pairing suggestions to make your evening extra special. The old adage pairing ‘pink with pink’ is a good general rule to follow. We suggest pairing our Valentine’s Rosé with Hampshire Chalk Stream Trout, topped with Alresford watercress on Crackers for a delicious canapé option. Or, for your starter, why not try our Chef Ambassador Shaun Rankin's recipe, Salmon Tartar with Cucumber and Crème Fraiche? For your main course, you’ll want to bring out a showstopper, that’s why we suggest Roast Pork with crispy crackling and apple sauce, one we’ve tried ourselves and can confirm is an absolute delight! The acidity and natural red fruit flavours in the wine beautifully complement the salty sweetness of delicious Pork and smooth apple.
Looking for something a little different? Why not treat your loved one to an English Sparkling Wine Cream Tea? It just so happens, that our Rosé 2020 goes beautifully with Scones, Jam and Cream (in that order, of course!). If you would prefer not to make it yourself, no fear, our partners at Grantley Hall in Yorkshire offer a wonderfully decadent and quintessentially British afternoon tea.
The Heart of the Matter: Show the Love With Personalisation
Want to take your gift-giving to the next level? Add your loved one's initials, a heartfelt message, or perhaps a sonnet (shall I compare thee to a glass of bubbles?) and let your loved one know how much you care. Individually glass etched and quality assured by our local inscriber, our bottle personalisation is guaranteed to escalate the quality and luxury feel of each bottle and can be kept as a memento of special times, for years to come. Check out our personalisation page to add your message and give your gift that added personal touch.
Gifts They’ll Love: What to Buy Your Partner for Valentine's Day?
Looking for another gift from our range? Why not have your bottle beautifully gift-boxed alongside our best-selling wine accessories? Check out our Gift Sets for a touch of opulence this Valentine’s and choose from a range of bottles and configurations. We think our Luxury Gift Set with a Valentine’s Day Bottle with two Hattingley Flutes, a Bottle Stopper and our Waiters Friend is the perfect way to upgrade your wine gift!
Or why not try our set of six Hattingley Glass Flutes to enjoy your bubbles in opulence at home? Beautifully fine and tulip-shaped these glasses are ideal for capturing the expressive aromas and effervescent bubbles of your favourite English Sparkling and toast to love in style! Check out our full range of accessories including Hattingley Valley Gifts Cards, and our Valentine’s Day Collection for more gifting ideas to help you share the love this Valentine’s Day.
Gift a Tour and Tasting Experience this Valentine's Day
Gift the ultimate English Wine Experience with our Hattingley Valley Tour and Tasting, where you are invited behind the scenes of one of the UK's largest working wineries. We’ll talk you through the process from grape to glass whilst you enjoy a tasting of our core range of 3 premium English Sparkling Wines as well as a glass from our Still range. Learn about the Traditional Method process and the growing popularity of English Sparkling Wine as its own world-class category. Join us on Valentine's Day Weekend and share the experience with your loved ones, we’d be delighted to host you!
Share the love this Valentine’s Day with the ultimate English Sparkling Wine Gift, our Limited Edition Valentine’s Rosé bottle with added personalisation. Pair your bubbles with the perfect ‘pink with pink’ food and wine pairing and share your culinary creations with us on Instagram @hattingleywines we’d love to see them! And book now for your Valentine’s Day Weekend Tour the perfect date idea for your weekend. Wishing everyone a love-filled and joyful Valentine’s Day sharing special moments with the ones you love!