To celebrate English Wine Week (27th May – 4th June) we hosted our first Fish & Fizz evening on Friday 2nd June.
Tickets cost just £35 for a winemaker tour followed by a gourmet fish and chips supper from Dorset caterer Andrew James, plus 2 glasses of Langham sparkling wine. The limited tickets sold out fast!
The tour started at 6pm when winemaker Daniel Ham took guests around our beautiful Dorset vineyards and on-site winery – where all the magic happens. After that guests then enjoyed a glass of Langham Blanc de Blancs 2011 paired with a fish and chips supper cooked by Jo and Andrew James, using local Dorset Arctic Char. This was followed by a delicious dessert of fresh strawberries paired with a glass of Langham Rosé 2013 – the perfect accompaniment on an early Summer’s eve!
Due to the tour being a fast sell out we’ll be sure to repeat the night – watch this space!
After months of hard graft our tasting room is now open to guests; an original barn tastefully restored into a rustic yet practical tasting room.
Natural light is let in through floor to ceiling glass doors at one end, whilst industrial style lamps light up the bar area, complementing the traditional, provincial ambience. The décor is stylish yet timeless, with natural wood adorning the front of the tall bar, and a cool, concrete floor.
The tasting room will be used to host tours, and provides a beautiful space in which to taste Langham’s wines – for both organised visits and curious passers-by. Available for private tours, tastings and exclusive hire, eventually Justin and Daniel plan to host ticketed dinners with well-known local chefs.
Justin Langham, owner and founder of Langham Wine Estate, comments on the opening: “Dorset has everything required to produce wines of the highest quality: chalk soils, a warm climate and long growing season. Our tasting room opens up the opportunity for even more people to come and enjoy our wines just a stone’s throw from the vineyard and winery where they are produced.”
Daniel Ham, Langham winemaker continues: “We hope that it will encourage people far and wide to discover what Dorset has to offer, to taste, to visit the estate and get a personal insight into how we go about producing world-class wines.”
The opening comes hot on the heels of Langham’s recent success in two international awards this summer. As well as retaining the Vintner’s Trophy for Most Outstanding Wine in the annual UKVA awards for the Classic Cuvée Reserve 2011, Langham Blanc de Blancs 2011 won Gold in the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and Gold in the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), in the Bottle Fermented Sparkling category.
The tasting room is open 11am-5pm, Thursday to Saturday in July and September, and Tuesday to Saturday in August. Go to the visits page for opening times.
For the second year running we have been awarded the Vintners’ Trophy for the Most Outstanding Wine in the English and Welsh Wine of the Year competition, for the Classic Cuvée Reserve 2011. Extremely limited, it is produced from carefully selected parcels of barrel-aged Pinot noir and Chardonnay, bottled without being fined or filtered then aged for 36 months on yeast lees.
Justin Langham, owner and founder of Langham Wine Estate, comments on the accolades: “Winning these awards highlights our dedication to producing fine English Sparkling Wines that can compete with some of the finest sparkling wines in the world, including Champagne.
“Dorset has everything required to produce wines of the highest quality: chalk soils, a warm climate and long growing season. We are extremely proud to have won these awards and hope that it will encourage people far and wide to try our wines and or visit our estate to see how we go about producing world-class wines.”
We are extremely proud to announce that our 2011 Blanc de Blancs has been awarded a gold medal at both the International Wine and Spirits competition and the International Wine Challenge. The same wine was also awarded a silver medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards. This is a huge achievement and once again highlights our dedication to producing world class wines from our single site in Dorset. The head judge at the IWC described our 2011 Blanc de Blancs as “Elegant and pure. Lemon and honeyed with freshness and balance. Good buttered brioche, citrus notes. Delicately balanced and long.”
The 2011 Blanc de Blancs is available to buy through our shop but stocks are limited so it won’t be around for long.
On the 18th March 2016 we attended an event held in support of The Alcohol Education Trust at Bridehead House in Little Bredy, Dorset. Our wines sat alongside those of Steven Spurrier’s Bride Valley Vineyard and Furleigh Estate. The 70 strong crowd were treated to a tutored tasting followed by a light supper provided by local Dorset producers. The wines were of fantastic quality, with clear stylistic differences between the three estates – mainly as a result of differences in bottle ageing and the use of neutral oak in our wines. The event was a huge success with £3,000 being raised and thank you to all who attended. The event was also covered in an article in The Drinks Business: https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/04/dorset-wines-used-to-toast-alcohol-charity/
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Following on from the successful crowning of the 2010 Classic Cuvee as the winner in the blind tasted “Judgement of Parsons Green 2014” among ninety four entries, this year has been even more successful. In the UK Vineyards Association annual competition the 2011 Classic Cuvee has received the top award as “The most outstanding Sparkling Wine” and a Gold medal, as well as receiving a Gold for our Classic Cuvee NV due to be released later in 2015.
We have also won a clutch of silver medals for our Classic Cuvee 2011 and Blanc de Blanc 2011 at the International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine and Spirit competition. I don’t think ever before has a relatively new entrant to the English Sparkling Wine industry won so many awards in such a short space of time.