Wine Tasting Hampshire - Welcome to Hampshire Wine School
A very warm welcome to Hampshire Wine School - an independent wine education company, not affiliated to any wine merchants or retailers. We run Wine, Champagne, Beer, Port, Gin & Tonic and Whisky Tastings, as well as Cocktail-Making Workshops and Wine & Food Pairing Courses in HAMPSHIRE (with venues in Southampton and Winchester) and NOW in DORSET (in Poole) for people who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it. No previous tasting experience is necessary.
Have you ever found yourself standing in the wine aisle, staring at the vast expanse of bottles in front of you, yet not really looking at anything at all? Are you stuck in a rut, always buying that same old, safe bottle of wine? Why is that something that can provide so much pleasure has become the source of so much intimidation and anxiety? Ever pictured yourself as a different you, a wine-savvy you, who would be strutting confidently down the wine aisle or ordering with a knowingly look from a wine list? Our aim is to make you a better shopper: to arm you with a little bit of knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm, which should help to take some of the guesswork out of buying wine.
During our wine tastings, you will learn about grape varieties, wine-producing countries, star producers, tips on how to taste wine and how to pair wine and food, in a relaxed and fun way. Become a better shopper, and you're well on your way to becoming the wine-savvy version of you.
What's reassuring about us is that we do not sell wine or beer - and are not affiliated to any wine merchants: which means we can source our wine wherever we please, from a wide selection of local merchants and national supermarket chains, to offer you impartial recommendations and advice. Our courses are for your enjoyment only.
All our wine appreciation courses and wine tasting evenings focus on enjoying wine and learning about it in a relaxed setting, with friendly, like-minded people. Our sessions suit all levels of knowledge and experience, starting with our Saturday Wine Courses, a great way of immersing yourself in the subject through a leisurely tasting of 12 delicious wines (priced at £85; 2-course lunch and a glass of Champagne included!). Our 1-Evening Wine Tastings provide the opportunity to choose a favourite theme (from only £25!). Its also a great way to meet people who share your passion for wine - do try one - we are sure you will enjoy it! So have fun browsing our website, reading all about us and making your purchase online, since we are the WINNER of the Venus Awards 'BEST NEW MEDIA AND ONLINE BUSINESS OF 2014', sponsored by Natwest, Daily Echo, Peter Cooper Volswagen and Digital Rocket Media.
ABOUT US: "Just wanted to say thank you so much! It is rare to find someone with such excellent customer service, and so nice! :)" (Will M)
ABOUT OUR EVENING WINE TASTINGS: "My boyfriend and I attended our first wine tasting experience on Friday night in Southampton with you (Bordeaux Vs New World). Just wanted to say we had a great evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. Was very informative and I would recommend it to anyone!" (Nicole)
"You made it so much fun with your passion for the subject, energy and flare. We will recommend you and hope to be part of another tasting in the future." (Hugh + Clare)
ABOUT OUR SATURDAY 'INTRODUCTION TO WINES' WITH LUNCH AND CHAMPAGNE: "Best birthday gift voucher for my daughter I've ever bought! Fantastic day - learnt so much about some wonderful wines. Delivered with so much passion - it was infectious!" (Kevin and daughter Jemma).
"We had the best day on Saturday and learned so much ! The venue was lovely with delicious food – you really helped us all become friends very quickly – I will certainly recommend you to my friends and family." (Rosie)
"Arriving at the ‘Introduction to Wine’ day with absolutely no knowledge of wines, and an instinct to choose a wine by the animal on the label seemed a little daunting. However, Cecile managed to make a small group of us, with a wide age range and either some or zero knowledge of wines, to feel comfortable and more confident. I never had a chance to let my mind wander because Cecile was fun loving and cheeky with an enthusiasm for wine that was infectious. She proved herself to be very approachable, articulate, considerate, the opposite of pretentious and no-one was made to feel awkward at asking simple questions. We all learnt something new and everyone came away with useful information as Cecile’s vast reserves of knowledge flowed like good wine." (Joanne S)
"We just wanted to say a big thank you for what was an absolutely brilliant day at the 'Introduction to Wine' course on Saturday. We both really enjoyed it and learnt so much! Your enthusiasm and knowledge was second to none and we will be sure to recommend your courses to all ours friends and family. We'll also be in touch soon to book on to our next course!" (Alex and Richard H)
WE ALSO RUN IN-STORE WINE TASTINGS FOR MARKS AND SPENCER (at their Hedge End and Chichester Stores, every other month). "A big thank you for the wine tasting evening. Here is some customer feedback for you. Very informative. You are very professional and knowledgeable. Many first time visitors to the evening can not wait for another evening it was so good! The choice of wine tasted in conjunction with the cheese and other foods was inspirational and has given the customers great ideas. We look forward to our next evening!" (Maureen Tallon, Food & Drink Manager, Marks & Spencer Chichester).
ABOUT OUR 8-WEEK COURSE: "I booked onto the 8-week course for my partner and I, as I thought it would be just a bit of fun. It has however completely revolutionised the way we buy, drink and experience wine.......and it was fun as well ! The 8-week course was informative, relaxed and exciting, and I would recommend anyone to do this great introduction to wine. Be warned, it will leave you wanting more....but that's fine, as there are plenty more different short-term courses to do, to add to your repertoire. Cecile is a great teacher and host for the evening. This course will not disappoint." (Helen D).
"The past 8 weeks have been so enjoyable, entertaining and educational and your presentation excellent. So thank you for the past 8 weeks and I look forward to the next course!" (Tony B)
ABOUT OUR 4-WEEK COURSE: "Your organisation has been absolutely superb and I've loved every session!" (Ken)
ABOUT OUR WHISKY TASTING: "We just wanted to write and say what a fantastic night we had last night at the Whisky Tasting; it was great fun, gained plenty of knowledge and very well presented. Would recommend your tasting classes to all we know. Hopefully will book another with you soon. Many thanks for a great night." (Paul Couch and Steve Patrick)
All our Wine Tastings are also available as Gift Vouchers for the perfect Gift (no p&p fee and our vouchers never expire!).
To see ALL the Tastings and Courses we are running in Hampshire and in Dorset in the next few months - just click here!
Our national network of friendly Wine Schools offer wine courses & tastings at other locations across the UK - click here to learn more...
About Our Wine Tutor
Cecile Bergart is Hampshire Wine School's Proprietor, Wine Tutor and Champagne Expert. She was born in the Champagne Region of France and now spends every spare minute going through her (very long) list of sparkling wines from around the world, ticking them off one by one and sharing them with us all ... tough job, but someone has to do it?! She not only had her very first drop of Champagne at 4 hours old, but she also trained the food & beverage staff of some of the most prestigious London Hotels and Restaurants, including Claridge's and The Dorchester, for many years before opening the Hampshire Wine School. A life dedicated to wines from an early age! Her passion for wine, beer and everything bubbly is truly contagious, whilst her love for teaching and converting everyone to the beautiful and exciting World of Wines is infectious. Join her for a truly memorable experience and a really fun tasting!
Cecile is a published Champagne and Wine Educator, a guest champagne expert for Champagne World Magazine and for Channel 4 'SuperScrimpers', a regular guest speaker on BBC Radio Solent, as well as being an approved staff educator for Marks and Spencer. She is also a Ruinart Champagne Ambassador in the UK.
CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT CECILE'S INVOLVEMENT WITH SUPERSCRIMPERS AND HARRY WALLOP, AS WELL AS HER NOTES ON WHICH BUDGET CHAMPAGNE IS BEST VALUE.
Daily Mail, Thursday 8 May 2014
"My husband and I attended the Introduction to Wine course in Winchester last night. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and we would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about wine and have fun in the process. Having been in the teaching profession for many years I have to say that Cecile is an incredible teacher with a very impressive knowledge of her subject. Her joie de vivre was infectious! An excellent evening!!" (Maggie Owen)
"Thank you so much for the Champagne Tasting sessions that you so skillfully carried out for our 15th Anniversary celebrations. We have had many messages of thanks from our clients and professional connections who all thoroughly enjoyed it." (Pat, Director, Retirement and Investment Solutions)
"We cannot thank you enough for such a fantastic event yesterday. Your champagne tasting was exciting and educational and loved by all! Given the chance we would all do it again tomorrow." (Stephanie, Brooks Macdonald Asset Management)
Other Wine Schools
We are proud to be part of the Local Wine School network - the only UK-wide network of independent wine schools. All our centres offer fun wine tastings and courses to suit everyone from absolute beginner to the serious enthusiast.
All our tastings can also be purchased as great gifts that can be redeemed at any of our wine schools across the UK. All our Gift Vouchers have FREE DELIVERY & NO EXPIRY DATE. Check out our National website for further details - www.localwineschool.com
- Wine Tasting London-West & Wine Courses London-West
- Wine Tasting London-East & Wine Courses London-East
- Wine Tasting London-South & Wine Courses London-South
- Wine Tasting London-North & Wine Courses London-North
- Wine Tasting Edinburgh & Wine Courses Edinburgh
- Wine Tasting Glasgow & Wine Courses Glasgow
- Wine Tasting Manchester & Wine Courses Manchester
- Wine Tasting Liverpool/Chester & Wine Courses Liverpool/Chester
- Wine Tasting Birmingham & Wine Courses Birmingham
- Wine Tasting Leeds/York & Wine Courses Leeds/York
- Wine Tasting Bristol/Bath & Wine Courses Bristol/Bath
- Wine Tasting Newcastle upon Tyne & Wine Courses Newcastle upon Tyne
- Wine Tasting Nottingham & Derby & Wine Courses Nottingham & Derby
- Wine Tasting Brighton/Tun Wells & Wine Courses Brighton/Tun Wells
- Wine Tasting Cambridge & Wine Courses Cambridge
- Wine Tasting Essex & Wine Courses Essex
- Wine Tasting Oxford/Cheltenham & Wine Courses Oxford/Cheltenham
- Wine Tasting Hertfordshire & Wine Courses Hertfordshire
- Wine Tasting Reading/Windsor/Berkshire & Wine Courses Reading/Berks
- Wine Tasting Lancashire & Wine Courses Lancashire
- Wine Tasting Milton Keynes & Wine Courses Milton Keynes
- Wine Tasting Hampshire - Wine Courses Southampton/Winchester
- Wine Tasting Surrey - Wine Courses & Wine Tastings in Guildford
- Wine Tasting CANADA - coming soon!
Not sure which course to select? Have a general enquiry about our tastings and events in particular or about Hampshire Wine School in general? Please call me on 02380 644350 or 07969 113382 and I will be delighted to help.
Or send me a note via the Contact Us page.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing a glass (or six!) at one of our forthcoming tastings.
WINE TASTING FOR EVERYONE IN HAMPSHIRE!