First One Day Vineyard Olympics sees English vineyards fight it out

10 August, 2016

The first One Day Vineyard Olympics saw eleven UK vineyards fight it out to win the top accolade as well as raising over £700 for charity Benevolent.

Events included a wine waiter’s race, complete with English sparkling wine flutes on trays; barrel rolling; tossing the end post; cork bobbing in a bucket; tug of war and a relay race round a row of vines, using a bottle baton.

The seven Vineyards of Hampshire - Cottonworth, Danebury, Exton Park, Hattingley Valley, Hambledon and Meonhill - threw down the gauntlet to their counterparts in neighbouring Sussex to find the most talented winemaking teams. 

Taking up that challenge were four Sussex vineyards: Wiston, Bluebell, Nyetimber, and Rathfinney.  

In the end it was Hampshire’s mighty muscle in the Tug of War and Tossing the End Post that clinched the title.

Simon Bladon, owner of Jenkyn Place, said: “We are so pleased that our sociable “Wine Olympics” succeeded in promoting friendship and cooperation in our young industry.

“We hope that this will be the first of many such events, and maybe next year we will see vineyards from outside Hampshire and Sussex taking up the challenge as well.”

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