Hendred Brut 2015 has just been awarded the Sparkling Wine Trophy (and gold medal) in the regional competition. Thames and Chilterns Vineyards Association incorporates over 25 vineyards, some very large producing some superb wines which makes this all the more of an honour. How can this be? Is it the excellent ‘terroir’ in East Hendred for grape growing, the aged vines, the diligent wine-making or the fact that the vines were blessed in 2015…. Half the stocks of the 2015 Brut have already gone (via our cellar door and a few select local farm shops/deli's) but pre-disgorging tastings of the 2016 vintage, due to be ready in the autumn, promise more tantalizing bubbles to come.