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Wickham Vineyard saved from closure by buyout
11:25am Tuesday 12th March 2013 in Hampshire Business
ONE of Hampshire’s best-known vineyards has been saved by a management buyout.
Wickham Vineyard near Shedfield has re-opened after crashing into administration last December, it announced today.
Five of the original management team have organised a buyout for an undisclosed amount and have taken over sales and production as well as the Vineyard Restaurant.
Wickham Wine Estates Ltd, the new company, is headed by director Wilhelm Mead with Jonathan Rogers, who was the estate manager looking after sales and marketing, Julien Miran looking after the production, Paulo Silva dealing with IT and Paul Dive returning as restaurant manager and chef.
The company has also taken on Jessica Mead to look after weddings and events.
Mr Rogers said today: “There are a few of us who actually care about this vineyard and we could not let it just fall apart, especially when we know how good it can be, even supplying wine for the Queen at a Jubilee lunch celebration last year.”