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 - hence offering you impartial recommendations and advice. We run Wine, Sparkling Wine, Champagne, Beer, Port, Gin, Rum and Whisky Tastings, as well as Wine & Food Pairing Courses and Cocktail-Making Workshops in Southampton and Winchester for people who enjoy their tipple of choice and would like to learn more about it. No previous tasting experience is necessary.
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 your tipple of choice. Join us for very fun tastings with like-minded people, in a relaxed environment! And our customers do indeed enjoy our entertaining and easy-going approach to wine education if we are to believe their numerous 5-star reviews since 2015 ... feedback which earned us the TripAdvisor's '2020 Traveller's Choice' Award. Thank you. This new accolade means the world to us, as it is the people's award.
Being able to give my customers reassurance that their gift vouchers would stay valid throughout these uncertain times was one of my top priorities when I had to set new Terms and Conditions on 17 March 2020 when I took the sad but necessary decision to postpone many of our tastings and courses throughout 2020, due to covid-19. Indeed, I am offering you a substantial extension to your expiry date, as ALL gift vouchers purchased back in 2018 and 2019 are now valid until 31 December 2021 (your voucher should start with code HAM18 - - or HAM19 - -).
Furthermore, ALL gift vouchers purchased throughout 2020 will now have a THREE-YEAR expiry date instead of the usual two we offer (they will start with code HAM20 - - ).
I do hope that these extensions are to the satisfaction of my esteemed customers, new and old.
Please stay safe and healthy,
Since we are to experience yet another national lockdown from today onwards (January 5th 2021), Hampshire Wine School are unable to run in-person courses and events, but we have re-scheduled events for later in the year that should be fine to go ahead (ie after May 17th, when confinement measures should be lifted and for us to go back inside a venue for drinks and food).
Therefore, ALL events originally scheduled to run between these dates will be re-scheduled to run later this year and all customers who had booked to attend these events will receive an email with a credit note reference number. Credit notes are personal, not refundable and valid until December 2023 (which gives you two whole years to re-book with us). Please note that NO REFUNDS SHALL BE OFFERED during this abnormal period and as long as the Coronavirus is considered a threat by the UK Government, AS CREDIT NOTES WILL BE ISSUED INSTEAD. Please read our NEW and UPDATED Terms and Conditions, below, to take into considerations UK Government's updated set of rules following the covid-19 pandemic.
However, if restrictions do continue after February 22nd, there is no need to worry - we are being super flexible with bookings and re-scheduling our events. Our events repeat through the year anyway, so you can simply transfer to another date or choose a different subject (you don't have to stick to the same theme).
Any questions? Simply email us! We remain at your service.
And whilst we are being confined to our living-rooms, why not join us online instead and attend VIRTUAL tastings via Zoom? They are very affordable, super fun and extremely educational.
STOP PRESS: FOR EVERY SINGLE TICKET/PLACE WE SELL IN 2021, WE WILL GIVE £1 BACK TO 'NHS CHARITIES TOGETHER'. Click here to visit our JustGiving.com pledge page. You help the NHS by simply attending one of our tastings (virtually or in person)!
Our VIRTUAL & IN-VENUE tastings 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 11 delicious wines (priced at £99; 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 and Peter Cooper Volswagen. We have also been AWARDED a CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE by South East Star Magazine in 2019, and a CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE by Leisure Solutions Magazine in 2019 for their services to the food & wine industry. Awarded BEST OF BRITAIN 2019 by Update Magazine for our dedication to revolutionise wine education. Awarded BEST WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE 2020 by UK Wedding Planner Magazine for our hen parties.
We are extremely proud to announce that, SINCE 2015, WE HAVE BEEN AWARDED 2 CERTICATES OF EXCELLENCE FROM TRIPADVISOR EVERY SINGLE YEAR (1 for our School in Southampton and 1 for our School in Winchester) and are therefore now PART OF THEIR HALL OF FAME! Thank you for all your wonderful 5-star reviews.
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 TRAIN MARKS AND SPENCER'S STAFF MEMBERS (at their Hedge End stores) and ran their in-store wine tastings for Sparks Customers (in Hedge End, Ferndown & Chichester branches): "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 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 OPEN DATE GIFT VOUCHERS for the perfect gift (NO P&P FEE & and now with a THREE-YEAR EXPIRY DATE when purchased in 2020!).
To see ALL the Tastings and Courses we are running in Hampshire in the next few months - just click here!
About Your Wine Tutor
Cecile Bergart is Hampshire Wine School's Proprietor, Sommelier, Chief 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 was also a Ruinart Champagne Ambassador in the UK.
"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 and are VALID for 2 YEARS. Check out our National website for further details - www.localwineschool.com
- Wine Tasting Fulham-London & Wine Courses Fulham-London
- Wine Tasting City-London & Wine Courses City-London
- Wine Tasting Streatham-London & Wine Courses Streatham-London
- Wine Tasting Camden-London & Wine Courses Camden-London
- Wine Tasting Edinburgh & Wine Courses Edinburgh
- Wine Tasting Glasgow & Wine Courses Glasgow
- Wine Tasting Manchester & Wine Courses Manchester
- 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/Sussex & Wine Courses Brighton/Sussex
- Wine Tasting Kent/Tunbridge Wells & Wine Courses Kent/Tunbridge Wells
- Wine Tasting Cambridge & Wine Courses Cambridge
- Wine Tasting Norwich & Norfolk & Wine Courses Norwich & Norfolk
- Wine Tasting Essex & Wine Courses Essex
- Wine Tasting Shropshire & Wine Courses Shropshire
- Wine Tasting Hertfordshire & Wine Courses Hertfordshire
- 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 Belfast/N Ireland & Wine Courses Belfast/N Ireland
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!