About Hampshire Tours
At Hampshire Tours, we cater for small groups of up to six people, chauffeured in our Land Rover Discovery for a luxury experience and at a pace to suit you.
We offer tours of Hampshire's oldest and up and coming wineries and vineyards and can also arrange pre-cruise or post-cruise excursions from London, Portsmouth or Southampton.
Based in the heart of the South Downs National Park, we are passionate about our corner of England and making your visit here the very best and enjoyable it can be.
About Hampshire & South Downs Wineries
The South Downs sit just eighty miles north of the Champagne region in France, and shares the same geological structure of chalk hills and a virtually identical terroir, whilst our cool-climate provides the vines with a long growing season to gently ripen the grapes.
The south of the UK now has over 130 wineries and over 500 vineyards. In what the press have described as the "Grape Rush", wineries including vineyards owned by Grande Marque Champagne House, Tattinger, planted a record 1 million vines in 2017 adding to the 135% growth in vineyard acreage over the last ten years.
The South Downs National Park is England's newest National Park, covering an area of 628 square miles, while the chalk of the South Downs was formed in the late Cretaceous period, between 100 million and 66 million years ago.
About Your Host - Clive Tillbrook
Born in London's East End, Clive worked in the financial markets for twelve years before becoming Global Managing Editor of a financial newswire.
Clive has also operated holiday rental properties since 2007 including the beachfront Southern Bell. So, after the sale of the newswire in 2016 he took the opportunity to focus on his real passion - helping visitors to make the best possible memories of their time in Hampshire and the South Downs.
Clive moved to the historical South Downs village of East Meon in 1999, where he lives with his wife Jo. Together, they have enjoyed travelling extensively over the years, through Asia, Australasia, the Pacific, Africa, South America and the United States plus Canada and the Arctic Circle, including many wine regions!
Clive is a fully-qualified L2CCA fly-fishing instructor, Day Skipper for sail and motor yachts and has also arranged events raising over £38,000 for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) charity.
About Our Transport
Our Land Rover Discovery ensures your comfort and enjoyment during our tours. This car seats up to six adults, plus your driver. Land Rover's 'stadium seating' and panoramic roof allows the best view from seven full-sized adult seats plus luggage capacity from 1,137 litres (5 seats) to 258 litres (7 seat configuration).