Handford Wines hold regular tastings at The Cellar, downstairs in our South Kensington store. We run various styles: formal tutored style tastings and informal walkabout tastings, our wine-school, and even winemaker dinners. We also hold our Summer and Christmas tastings at external venues.

Private Tasting in the Handford Cellar

If you would like us to organise a bespoke tasting for your friends or colleagues then we can accommodate up to 19 people for a sit down tasting or up to 34 people for a stand up tasting in our cellar. The costs are:

  • Room hire and a wine expert – £700 (VAT incl.)
  • Room hire and Master of Wine – £900 (VAT incl.)

Plus minimum spend on wine is £300 (VAT incl.). Please contact us for more details

Upcoming Tasting Events

Our upcoming tasting events are:

For more information on each tasting, see below.


Camino de Santiago (Spanish Tasting) - Tuesday 16th April 2024


Camino de Santiago (Spanish Tasting)
The Cellar at Handford Wines
Tue 16th April
Between 4pm - 8pm
£40.00

At this walk-around tasting in our Cellar, we take inspiration from Europe’s most famous pilgrimage and present Spanish wines from regions such as Galicia, Rioja, and Catalunya amongst others to give you a real appreciation for wines of the Iberian Peninsula. This is a casual tasting experience that takes up to an hour to complete. You will be in the company of our experts who are on hand to discuss regions, varietal profiles and fun food pairings for up to 20 Spanish wines.

The line-up includes wines from classic Spanish regions Rioja, Galicia, Ribera del Duero, Sardon de Duero, Catalunya, Bierzo, Jerez and Sierra de Gredos.


Domaine Michel Lafarge with Clothilde and Eleonore Lafarge - Wed 17th April 2024


Domaine Michel Lafarge Tasting, with Clothilde and Eleonore Lafarge
The Cellar at Handford Wines
Wed 17th April
6.30 to 8pm
£135.00

In recent years, Domaine Michel Lafarge’s reds have become the most sought after in the Cotes de Beaune. The domaine is now run by Michel’s son Frederic, his wife Chantal, with his daughters Clothilde and Eleonore.

James has dealt with three generations of the Lafarge family since the 1993 'unsung hero' vintage - indeed, the 1er Cru ageing cellar is one of his favourite places in the wine world. It is a massive privilege to have Frederic and Chantal’s daughters here. Both work very closely with the vines and will tell you of some intriguing goings on, from planting in helical patterns, instead of rows, to making reds with no electricity.

This is indeed a rare event and even features a drop of 1996 1er Cru Clos des Chenes.

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Spot the £100 Wine (White Edition) - Wednesday 1st May 2024


Spot the £100 wine (White Edition)
The Cellar at Handford Wines
Wed 1st May
7pm - 8pm
£75

Calling wine detectives! At this sit-down, guided tasting you are greeted by a blind flight of 8 white wines, where only one is a £100 masterpiece. We have made it a little harder and chosen to host an array of styles from up to six different countries. Immerse yourself in a valuable learning experience, expanding your vocabulary and appreciating diverse price points.


Handford Summer Tasting - Tuesday 21st May


Ognisko Polskie (The Polish Hearth)
55 Princes Gate
Exhibition Road (opposite Imperial College)
South Kensington
SW7 2PN

Doors Open at 4pm.
Event closes at 8.30pm.

Handford’s Summer Tasting!

South Kensington’s favourite wine event returns to our beloved venue in the Grand Ballroom of the Polish Hearth on Exhibition Road. We'll be presenting new discoveries of 2024, popular entries from cellar tastings and some of our iconic lines. It's a tremendous evening filled with over 45 spiffing wines at special on-the-night prices - do not miss out!

We recommend arriving no later than 7.45pm to have time to explore the wine selection.


Fall in Love with Brunello - Thursday 6th June 2024


Fall in Love with Brunello
The Cellar at Handford Wines
Thurs 6th June
7pm - 8.30pm
£99

Since the dawn of the 21st century, fine wine buyers, drinkers and collectors have taken to Italian fine wine at an unprecedented rate. Burgundy drinkers have fallen in love with Barolo & Barbaresco, while Bordeaux lovers have been seduced by the charms of Super Tuscans. Brunello di Montalcino offers a fantastic middle-ground style of supreme quality underpinned by wonderful value for money.

This sit-down tasting hosted by James Handford MW, who visited Montalcino back in March, will be unveiling the joys of Sangiovese’s favoured clone and its capacity to age. We'll begin by teasing your palates with an entree of two examples of the earlier drinking Rosso di Montalcino, before we dive headlong into exploring the delights of Brunello through a series of vintages, starting with the more recent 2018 and going back over twenty years. There are 10 wines in the flight and we hope to finish with a few estra bonus samples from the brand new 2019 vintage.

The Flight includes:
- Il Marroneto 2020 Rosso di Montalcino Ignaccio
- Poggio di Sotto 2019 Rosso di Montalcino
- Lisini 2017 Brunello di Montalcino
- San Polino 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
- Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova 2011 Brunello di Montalcino
- Sesti 2004 Phenomena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva


Fall in Love with Burgundy, Hosted by James Handford MW - Thursday 13th June 2024


Fall in Love with Burgundy -
The Cellar at Handford Wines
Thurs 13th June
7pm - 8.30pm
£99

Burgundy in Eastern France is famed for it’s mastery over Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. James has been visiting the region bi-annually for nearly 40 years, tasting each vintage in turn and always looking to uncover golden growers, few and far between. The Cote d’Or is where James’ heart resides, and so is where Handford Wines, as a merchant, specialises. At this seated, pre-booked tasting, James has selected eight vintage defining styles from the last four years to help equip you with the tools to navigate the current Burgundy market. This is a fantastic opportunity for novice wine lovers + thirsty intermediates to engage openly with a Master of Wine in their true area of expertise!

Wines to be shown:
- Saint Aubin 1er Cru la Chateniere 2022 Gerard Thomas
- Puligny Montrachet Rue Rousseau 2021 Philippe Chavy
- Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru les Caillerets 2020 Maison Roche de Bellene
- Meursault 2020 François Mikulski

- Gevrey Chambertin Clos Prieur 2022 Frederic Esmonin
- Chambolle Musigny 2020 Christian Clerget
- Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru les Vaucrains 2019 Jean Chauvenet
- Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Vaucrains 2012 Jean Chauvenet


To book tickets for any of these events, purchase online or call us on 020 7589 6113.