As part of its ongoing celebrations of its centenary year, British Airways has launched its own English Sparkling Wine.

From 1 July, passengers will be able to enjoy an exclusively developed 2015 Blanc de Noir from award-winning Hattingley Valley.

The wine is a Pinot Noir dominant blend that will work perfectly at altitude. The grapes were hand-harvested and gently pressed, before being bottled at Hattingley Valley’s winery in Hampshire.

According to Kelly Stevenson, British Airways’ Wine and Beverage manager: “There’s no better, or more British way to toast our milestone year than with an English Sparkling Wine.

We’ve loved working with Hattingley Valley to create something really special for our First customers and this will be the first time we have ever served an English Sparkling Blanc de Noirs on board. This blend will excel at altitude as the notes of red apple skins and light red fruits really shine through.”

Emma Rice, Hattingley Valley’s director, head Winemaker and Winemaker of the Year in 2014 and 2016, added: “English Sparkling Wine is now incredibly popular around the world so we’re thrilled to have partnered with British Airways to create an exceptional wine that can be enjoyed on the ground and in the air across their network.”

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