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Hambledon Vineyard appoints new MD after joint buyout

James Osborn
25 January 2024

Hampshire’s Hambledon Vineyard is set to welcome James Osborn as managing director this April.

James brings to the role more than 10 years’ experience in the English wine industry, serving most recently on the English wine consultancy team at Knight Frank.

He was also a founding member of The Wine Garden of England and MD of Squerryes Wine Estate, and currently sits on the board of Tillingham Wine Estate as a non-executive director.

James’s appointment follows the joint acquisition of Hambledon by Berry Bros. & Rudd and Symington Family Estates.

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He said: “I’m delighted to join the Hambledon team at this really exciting time for the business and the sector as a whole.

“I’m passionate about English wine and am excited to be part of Hambledon’s sparkling future.”

Hambledon is among the leading producers of English sparkling wine, with vines first planted on the site in 1952.

The estate produces more than 500,000 bottles a year from grapes grown in 100 per cent chalk soil.

Emma Fox, CEO of Berry Bros. & Rudd, said: “We’re delighted to announce the appointment of James to the team.

“He brings a wealth of expertise in the sector and will be instrumental in leading Hambledon’s growth plans at a very exciting time for the English sparkling category.”

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Born and raised in Berkshire, Dan fell into journalism after completing his bachelor’s degree in English at UCL.

Writing for The Business Magazine and local Biz News sites has given him the opportunity to chat with all manner of small business owners and share their success stories with a wider audience.

Outside of work, Dan enjoys live music, board games and quiz shows, and is making a slow but persistent effort to learn Spanish.

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