Hampshire producer Wickham Vineyard served two of its finest wines to the Queen and Prince Phillip at a Diamond Jubilee lunch celebration at the Assembly Rooms in Walthamstow, London in late March.
The event, on March 29, saw 200 local dignitaries, Mayors and charity workers join the Royal couple with celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE, proprietor of Michelin Star-restaurant Café Spice Namaste in London providing the cooking.
While the majority of English vineyards are concentrating on sparkling wine, Wickham Vineyard continues to win major awards both nationally and internationally for its still wines. Producing around 80,000 bottles per year it sells in many top restaurants and hotels including Lime Wood in the New Forest, The Ivy in London as well as P&O and Cunard cruise ships and Waitrose.
Wickham Special Reserve Red 2009 and the Wickham Vintage Selection Dry 2010 were both served at the royal lunch.
Small but improving industry
Jonathan Rogers, estate manager at Wickham Vineyard, attended the lunch and says: “To be invited to this event was a great honour and to see the Queen and Prince Phillip and so many other important people from various backgrounds drinking our wine was an amazing feeling. So many people commented afterwards on just how good the wine was I felt very proud to be part of such a small but improving industry we now have here in England.
“English wine is excellent, not just ours here at Wickham but many other wines from producers across the country. For our wine to be chosen for such a prestigious occasion proves that.”
(Photo: Michael Gwyther-Jones)