Simon Robinson founded Hattingley Valley Wines in 2008 and acquired Hattingley Farm in 2000. In 2009 Simon started building his state of the art, eco-friendly Winery on a site approximately 0.6ha. The winery is located at Wield Yard in the village of Lower Wield, Near Alresford, Hampshire.
723m2 of the winery are devoted to the main press and tanks; a thermal regulating system permits us to regulate the temperature of each tank individually. A further 229m2 is a temperature-controlled area where bottle-storage and riddling and disgorging are currently conducted. Total tank space is currently around 460,000 litres, divided into some 100 tanks and around 230 barrels.
Our largest press is the Coquard PAI automatic tilted plate press. It has a large pressing surface Ideal for slowly pressing the juices out of the grapes without crushing the delicate skins. Outside undercover we house our two Magnum pneumatic presses which are the busiest presses during harvest. Each press can hold just over 4 tons of grapes. For smaller batches of grapes we use our Mini Magnum pneumatic press with a mini conveyor belt.
The laboratory – Custom Crush – was established as a separate business in 2008 by our winemaker Emma Rice to offer an efficient, reliable wine analysis service to the wineries and vineyards of the UK. Since 2018 it has been owned by Hattingley Valley Wines and, while it provides on-site analysis for the winery and its winemaking clients, it operates independently offering a completely separate service for external clients.