Specialist English wine merchant and producer Simon Hawkins explains why he believes English winemaking is in the ascendent.

He talks to Kate Fairweather and Simon Stanley about how sparkling wine is made, the terroir of the south downs, the treaty of Versailles and much more. Over a glass or two of his signature Brut Reserve.

Simon pours the Hawkins Brut best selling Brut Reserve in Kate’s garden.

Simon Hawkins produces his own Hawkins Brothers wine, working with local vineyards, as well as selling a wide range of English wine.

How could we resist a photo of Digby the sales dog? Seen here at Hawkins Bros headquarters at Secrets Farm, Milford.
  • Available at the Hawkins Bros shop at Secrets Farm, Milford.
  • Also at Madelaine’s Kitchen in Midhurst and Petersfield, and the Dandy Cat barbers in Petersfield.