Bottoms up!

The old adage ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ – was observed by the Brush-Baby team on Friday when we had an ‘away day’ at Black Chalk Vineyard and Winery based near Longparish in Hampshire.

Kicking off the day with a team catch-up and a recap on our past year of trading, the clouds then parted…and the sun came through, in order for us to enjoy the beautiful Hampshire countryside where the vineyards are based.

A ‘talk and tour’ of the vines was rounded off with the obligatory tasting session of white and rose and champagnes, accompanied by delicious cheese and meat platters.  Naturally a visit to the shop to purchase some ‘liquid souvenirs’ concluded our visit!

Learning about the planting, pruning, harvesting and bottling process of earth, vine, grape and bottle, gave us all a greater appreciation of how time, patience and investment from start to finished product, is in involved in the champagne-making process.

The experience served as a timely reminder on how Brush-Baby also operates its business. How hard work, effort and teamwork pay off, and how far we have come in 10 years since Brush-Baby began as well. Year on year our team photo gets bigger and bigger!

It was a pleasure to meet Andrew Seden – one of the founders of Black Chalk Vineyard (, and to learn more about the plans that the family have for the company (Check out their logo – the 5 stars indicate the family links to the business)

Like us - they deserve continued success, and we’ll raise a glass (or two!) to that sentiment.