The Winchester Wine Appreciation Society
The Winchester Wine Appreciation Society is the South of England’s premier wine society which has been running for over 25 years.
We are a group of over 70 members, including enthusiasts and small buyers, who come from a wide area of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire. We would like to think that we are influencers of the buying patterns of a much wider group. Each year the program tries to cover a wide range of geographies and styles of wine.
A few of the wide variety of winemakers and estate owners who have lead tastings include: Michel Laroche of Domaines Laroche, Chablis; Jean-Lin Dalle of Chateau de Campuget, Nimes; Danie De Wet of De Wetshof Estates, South Africa; Ed Sbragia of Beringer, Napa Valley; John White of Fetzer, Mendicino; Sandro Boscaini of Masi, Verona.
In addition, we have had speakers who are key figures in leading UK distributors, plus experts and writers such as Clive Coates, Maggie McNie, John Radford and Steven Spurrier.
We hold regular monthly tastings, typically on the second Monday of the month, in the Wykeham Suite of the Wessex Hotel, located in the heart of Winchester close to the cathedral. These start at 20.00 and finish approximately 22.00 hrs.
In addition our programme includes Winemaker Dinners and a Summer Party. Winemakers who have hosted dinners here in the last couple of years have been Chester Osborn, Family Owner and Chief Winemaker of d’Arenburg in MacLaren Vale, Alistair Malling MW, Group Winemaker of Villa Maria in New Zealand plus Kym Tolley, Owner and Winemaker of Penley Estate, Coonawarra.
Other events include wine with food evenings and summer outings. Over the last few years we have had visits to Averys and Harveys at Bristol, Denbies and Nyetimber vineyards, Waddesdon Manor, Three Choirs’ Vineyard and Berkeley Castle, Chartwell House and Chiddingstone Vineyard.
These events have proved to be very popular with members, their partners and friends, and ex-members. All enjoy the opportunity to socialise, relax, catch up on news and share a very pleasant occasion.