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Hanwell Wine Estate

Hanwell Wine Estate is a family run vineyard owned by William and Helenka Brown.
The vineyard story began in the 1970s when Helenka’s parents moved to a house in West Bridgford, South Nottinghamshire where they found a vine in a dilapidated greenhouse in the garden.  This started a life changing path for the family.  Eglantine Vineyard was subsequently planted in 1979 and has been producing delicious Nottinghamshire wines ever since.
William and Helenka have chosen to follow in the family footsteps and plant their own vineyard, this time in Hickling Pastures, called Hanwell Wine Estate.  Hanwell is a mash up of their children’s names!

Hanwell produces Nottinghamshire Sparkling Wine along with offering vineyard tours and wine tasting. There’s the Tasting Lodge Cafe serving Tea, Bean-to-mug coffee, cake and wine.


Helenka & William Brown – Hanwell Wine Estate Owners

Planted in May 2012 with the champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier the first grapes were harvested in October 2015 with the help of neighbours, friends, family and volunteers.
In 2018 they launched their first Nottinghamshire Sparkling wine made from those champagne varieties using the traditional champagne method.  A limited vintage, this wine was snapped up by locals interested in trying the “Nottinghamshire terroir!”
The estate’s 8000 vines are carefully hand-tended all year round to produce Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes.
Award-winning winemaker Tony Skuriat, (Helenka’s father), uses the traditional method to create a English Sparkling Wine, which is available to buy online or directly from the vineyard.

Find us – You’ll find the vineyard on the A606 Melton Road in Hickling Pastures between Nottingham and Melton Mowbray, Newark and Leicester. Please check opening hours before travelling.


Visit – You can take the Self Guided Vineyard and Nature Trail and purchase wine on Saturdays all year round, see opening hours.


Our Shop – a range of English wines from the East Midlands, along with Gift vouchers, Vineyard Experiences, Arts & Crafts Workshops and 5k Wine Runs.


Arts & Crafts Workshops – Hand-making great wine is a real craft and Rural Antics provides a space for us to involve interested people in our wine-making, alongside other artisan past times, such as chair weaving, foraging and painting.


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