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Hanwell Wine Estate

Hanwell Wine Estate is a second generation family run vineyard in South Nottinghamshire 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 www.eglantinevineyard.com was subsequently planted in 1979 and has been producing delicious and award winning 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!

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.

The estate’s 8000 vines are carefully hand-tended by local seasonal employees and volunteers.  If you’d like to get involved see Jobs and Volunteering.

Hanwell creates Nottinghamshire quality sparkling wine using the traditional champagne method.  Each vintage is harvested by hand, then travels 15 minutes to Eglantine’s winery also in South Nottinghamshire.  Award-winning winemaker Tony Skuriat, (Helenka’s father), then uses the traditional method to create English Sparkling Wine.

Wines made at Eglantine winery that have been grown at either Hanwell or Eglantine are available to buy online or directly from the Tasting Lodge shop/café at Hanwell Wine in Hickling Pastures.

Hanwell have a schedule of vineyard talk, tour and wine tastings from February to September, book your ticket in advance as they often sell out. Scheduled Tours.

For a visit at your own pace there’s a self-guided vineyard and nature trail, open every Saturday afternoon, pick up a map from the Tasting Lodge. Open hours.

From Easter to the end of September the Tasting Lodge serves tea, bean-to-mug coffee, home-made cake and wine by the glass.

In 2018 Hanwell launched their first Nottinghamshire Sparkling wine made from the 2015 grapes and the champagne varieties using the traditional champagne method.

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.


Hi Hanwell Wine Estaters,

I appreciate it may have been a few months since I tried and then bought a bottle of your Dry Sparkling wine at the Melton Cheese Fest but only today has there been the perfect opportunity to remove it from the fridge and share it with some great company.

Just wanted to say that’s the best £25 sparkler I have ever bought. (And we all agreed).  It beats any comparably priced champoo by a country mile.

Keep up the good work.

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