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Did you know that the first English commercial vineyard of the modern era was established at Hambledon in Hampshire? In 1951 the grand-sounding Major-General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones planted a one acre site with Seyval Blanc grapes, which duly produced their first crop for wine-making in 1954. It has recently been replanted with Champagne varieties, something of a trend of late after bright sparks noticed similarities in geology and climate with that blessed French region and the South Downs.

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