English Wine Week

English Wine Week

English and Welsh wines have been making their mark on the international stage and are widely celebrated – come and discover more about our wines, the vineyards and the people. English Wine week runs from the 19th June to the 27th June. Following the long period of frosts through April & May, some vineyards struggled to ensure there was no damage to the vines however the better weather arrived just in time.

English Wine Week is moving to be a truly Midsummer event!

The aim of English Wine Week to help provide an opportunity to help  sell local wine, and to inspire more people to get to know our wonderful English wines better and help them buy from their local vineyards.

There are some great promotions on offer during English Wine Week from Wines Gb of Great Britain and a list of vineyards offering sustainable wines.

Wines GB of Great Britain
Vineyards In and Around West Berkshire
Stanlake Vineyard, Twyford
All Angels Nr Newbury
Winding Wood, Hungerford
Chiltern Valley, Henley on Thames
Bothy Vineyard, Abingdon
Alderidge, Hungerford

What a time to be championing English wine!

English wine week 19th – 27th June

A perfectly timed, midsummer event, that we are very excited to be part of. The week provides a great opportunity for us to really inspire you, our customers, to get to know more about the world of English wines, and most importantly our very own vineyard on Cobbs Farm – Alder Ridge.

Classic Cuvée Special Offer – £21

(normally £28.99)

In our farm shop, we have a fantastic special offer on our internationally award-winning Classic Cuvée which we have extended especially for the occasion.

This is the perfect wine to begin your English wine tasting journey with, or if you are already an English wine enthusiast, time to stock up!

Vineyard Tour – Saturday 26th June

All tours are subject to the easing of COVID restrictions.

We are hosting 3 vineyard tours that are open to the public!

We have a morning tour at 11am and an afternoon tour at 2pm. Tickets are £20 per person and including a guided tasting of our wine.

There is also a vineyard tour and sparkling wine workshop at 5pm. Tickets are £40 per person.

Wine Tours at The Stanlake Vinery

Both the outdoor area (garden) and the indoor Wine Bar are currently open for drinks and nibbles.

Their Wine Tours restarted on May 21st.

They serve wine, craft beer, cider, cocktails and a range of non-alcoholic drinks and coffee. Nibbles and snacks available in the Shop and consumed ‘as picnics’ in the garden.

They have socially-distanced tables, large umbrellas and blankets. Please note that their garden is not covered/heated.

Their Wine Bar is children and dog-friendly.

The ‘Rule of Six’ applies INDOORS only: meaning that no more than two households, or six people of any number of households, can sit together. This includes children of any age. 

They offer wine deliveries.

They have availability on wine tasting tours on the 20th June at 2pm for £20 a ticket.

Wine and cheese tasting on Friday  6th August at 11 am for £30.

Winding Wood Vineyard Tours

They can take bookings for groups of between 4-6 people.. 

Price of £18.00 per person to include tour, tasting of 2-3 wines and nibbles. 

Although they are a boutique vineyard ( they don’t have acres and acres) you will have an in-depth tour of the vines led by one of their owners who will explain the history of the plantings, the varieties of grapes they grow, and also some background to the explosion of the English wine industry over the last few years. There are now some 700 vineyards in England and Wales.

While they do not make the wine themselves, they are intimately involved at every stage of its making.  They will take you through all the processes that occur at the winery (based just outside Salisbury) during the tasting in our 18th century barn which overlooks the vines.  There will be a display board of the winery equipment and the processes the grapes go through from vine to wine.

Chiltern Valley Vineyard

Their 2 hour ‘behind the scenes’ Tour & Tasting experience around their Winery, Brewery and Liqueur production facilities demonstrates a fun and extensive learning experience. Within your 2 hour visit the tour is completed with a tutored tasting of a wide selection of their Wines, Ales & Liqueurs. 

The English Wine and Food Festival

Vineyards in the Thames and Chilterns region are presenting their exciting wines at the English Wine & Food Festival at Brightwell Vineyard, Wallingford, on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July 2021, from 11am to 5pm each day. 

You will have the opportunity to taste, compare and buy award-winning local wines in one relaxing location. Meet winemakers and growers, a Master of Wine specialising in English wine, and learn more about the grape varieties that do well in our climate. Exotic names like Bacchus, Dornfelder and Phoenix rub shoulders with classic varieties like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to produce superb wines that reflect the local area. Try many different wines and styles before you purchase glasses of wine to enjoy at the event, and bottles to take home.

Along side the participating vineyards local food producers will be cooking up tasty meals and selling beautifully made culinary delights. Pairing the wide range of still and sparkling wines with the freshly made dishes on offer makes this a rewarding event for wine-lovers and foodies alike.

​Wine tastings and sales, vineyard walks, local artisan food and craft suppliers, make this a enjoyable, informal and informative afternoon – a real celebration of the wonderful variety of wines and foods that the Thames and Chilterns region has to offer.

The Oxford Wine Festival
The Oxford Wine Festival

40 of the UK’s leading wine merchants and vineyards in one beautiful city…

The Oxford Wine Festival takes place in three sessions:

Friday Evening – 6pm-10pm

Saturday Afternoon – 12.30pm-4.30pm

Saturday Evening – 6pm-10pm

They bring together 40 of the UK’s leading wine merchants, regional specialists and British and international vineyards in one of Oxford’s most iconic buildings – the Oxford Union. Hundreds of award-winning, rare, and unusual wines from over twenty countries, accompanied by live music, food, and tutored tastings from the world’s foremost wine authorities.

Each ticket includes your first 11 wine samples, and wines can also be purchased by the glass or by the bottle when you find that wine that just hits the spot!

Waitrose English and Welsh Wine Cellar