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The July Hot List

The Southern Quarter’s pick of wine-related things to see and do during the month of July

Climb aboard: The Nyetimber bus

The iconic Nyetimber 1968 Routemaster bus will be touring the South of England this summer with various stops throughout July including alongside the i360 on Brighton’s seafront from July 8th to 10th and at Cowdray Park Polo Club in Midhurst for the Gold Cup Final on July 17th.

Climb aboard the vintage peppermint green bus to enjoy a glass of Nyetimber in two equally quintessentially English settings.

View art and sculpture at: High Clandon Estate

Bruce and Sibylla Tindale will open up the stunning private gardens at High Clandon Estate in Surrey for their annual Art & Sculpture in the Vineyard from July 10th to July 24th.

With over 180 works of art on show in a truly spectacular setting, this event supports Cherry Trees charity and marks the launch of the vineyard’s Elizabethan Cuvée 2017 vintage. Entry is free, although must be booked in advance with a suggested £7 donation to Cherry Trees.

Party here: Hampshire Fizz Fest

The Hampshire Fizz Fest takes place at Black Chalk’s circular vineyard

Back for its eighth year, The Vineyard of Hampshire’s summer event, offers visitors the chance to sample over 20 of the county’s still and sparkling wines while enjoying live entertainment, masterclasses, food stalls, and more.

Taking place in the delightful circle vineyard at Black Chalk, near Andover, the event will also feature TV Wine Expert, author and Hampshire resident, Helen McGinn, who will signing copies of her bestselling book, The Knackered Mother’s Wine Guide. Tickets cost £25.

Drink this: Woolton Cuvée No1 2015

Woolton Farm in Bekesbourne recently opened a new South African outdoor dining kitchen in partnership with chef Keaton Randall aka The Saffa Bru (read more here). But it is their award-winning ciders and wines that they are most famous for.

Their Cuvée No1 2015 was awarded gold by Wine GB last year and is a finely balanced blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that displays apple, red fruits and brioche on the nose with a slight nutty addition on the palate.

Priced at £42 per 750ml bottle, it’s one to crack open for a special occasion this summer.

Learn about Kent’s vineyards here: The Wine Weekend

Hosted in the historic Sessions House, the County Hall of Kent in Maidstone town centre on July 16th, The Wine Weekend is a celebration of Kent’s wine tourism.

The inaugural event will feature top vineyard exhibitors such as Biddenden, Brabourne, Chapel Down, Gusbourne, Simpsons, Squerryes, Wayfarer, Westwell and Woodbridge, as well as local wine-related producers and business.

Tickets cost £15 with the price redeemable against any produce sold within the event.