Simon Robinson is a firm believer in making sure that his staff continue with their professional development and has supported countless employees with courses at Plumpton. So much so that Hattingley developed the UK’s first Apprenticeship programme in 2016, which is now running on a bi-annual basis. He has also funded trips for the winemakers to spend extended periods in other wine regions around the world, ranging from the Central Otago to Champagne, ensuring that we are at the forefront of the winemaking world, simple yet extremely effective.
We couldn't produce our wines without an awful lot of hard-work by our winery team. Harvest time can be physically exhausting for all involved but that is only about six weeks of the year, they work tremendously hard all year round. The winery team have to turn their hands to tasks ranging from pruning the vineyard, disgorging wine, cleaning tanks, blind tasting and everything in between.
Many people assume that we employ lots of staff when in reality we usually have around 16 full-time members of staff in the whole of the Hattingley Business. Our office team (like our winery team) has to do a wide variety of jobs ranging from website development, shipping wines around the globe, finance, events and everything in between to ensure that your wine gets delivered promptly and efficiently.
There is a well known phrase in the wine trade that says "it's impossible to make good wine from bad grapes, but it's possible to make bad wine from good grapes". Our vineyard team spend every day making sure that our vineyards produce the finest quality grapes, no small feat in the English climate! We thank them for all of their work especially for the late, dark, freezing nights when on frost watch.