A Magnum Summer at the UK’s Wine Hotel in Berkshire
17 May 2017
- The Vineyard collaborates with Gusbourne and Taittinger
- WSET Level 1, 2 and 3 Award in Wine courses
- Discover over 800 Californian wines at The Vineyard
- Lunch with…special events including Helen Lederer and Nicholas Owen
The UK’s wine hotel in Berkshire, home to over 30,000 bottles of wine, has a packed summer ahead bringing together the very best wine and knowledge, in an ambiance to be enjoyed by everyone. The hotel’s award-winning wine team is known for their warm and friendly approach whether guests are happy with their favourite wine or on a mission to find ‘the one’ that matches the mood.
Throughout May, Gusbourne wines are being offered by the glass at The Vineyard in the run up to English Wine Week. There are 10 English sparkling and white wines available at The Vineyard Hotel. English Wine Week is a national campaign, designed to raise awareness of English wines across the country. Statistics from English Wine Producers who promote wines from England and Wales, show that in 2015 there were a total of 503 commercial vineyards in England and Wales. The average annual production (bottle equivalent) was 5.27m bottles, based over a three year average of 2013-2015. Throughout July and August there will also be a five-course tasting menu with Gusbourne.
Taittinger Champagne will feature heavily throughout the summer with a special lunch promotion on Tuesdays – Fridays throughout June and a special Wimbledon themed competition where tennis balls win glasses of champagne. From £24 per person (two courses) or £29 (three courses), diners can enjoy lunch followed by tea or coffee and petit fours. On Friday 7th July, The Vineyard hotel will host a Champagne Taittinger Dinner where five-courses will be matched with champagne and wine.
Founded in 1969 to help educate wine and spirit professionals, the WSET specialise in courses for wine enthusiasts. The Vineyard hotel will offer Levels 1, 2 and 3 courses throughout the summer and beyond. The hotel has one of the highest pass rates in the UK. For Level 1, no prior wine knowledge is required making it ideal for anyone with an interest in wine seeking a deeper level of understanding. Overnight courses cost from £322.50 per person including a full day of WSET Level 1 Award professional tuition by a WSET-certified tutor in wine training including the exam, wines, a three-course lunch and tour of the vast cellars, one night (Sunday) accommodation with breakfast and use of the spa facilities including swimming pool. Aspects of wine covered at this level include storage and service, grape varieties, food and wine matching.
Day courses cost from £199 per person including a full day of WSET Level 1 Award in wine training with exam, wines, three-course lunch and tour of the cellars. The course runs on Sundays in 2017: 17th September, 15th October and 12th November.
For those who have already passed Level 1, Level 2 courses are also available. This three day course is ideal for enthusiastic amateurs and those looking to enter the wine industry. The course covers the major grape varieties, regions of the world, food and wine pairing, sparkling wines, fortified wines and the major spirits. The course includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast, dinner on each evening and a buffet lunch each day and is priced from £971.00 per person or £765.00 per person excluding accommodation. The course runs between Sunday 30th July and Tuesday 1st August.
Head Chef Robby Jenks won an Acorn award at the 3 AA Rosette restaurant in 2016. Robby has high ambitions for 2017. The Vineyard hotel’s menus, all created by Robby include his Discovery Tasting Menu (5 dishes £75.00), the Judgement of Paris Tasting Menu (7 dishes £89.00), Vegetarian Tasting Menus, a lunch menu (3 courses £29.00), a dinner menu (3 courses £65.00) and a more relaxed California Bar Menu. All can be paired with wines.
The ‘Judgement of Paris’ blind wine tasting of French and Californian wines, forty years ago, became famous across the World. The event forever changed the future of winemaking, when unknown Californian wines were chosen over some of France’s finest by some of France’s top wine aficionados. Sir Peter Michael, the hotel owner, was so inspired by the Paris tasting, that it set him on a journey to California, in search of a suitable vineyard location, which he found in 1982 starting the Peter Michael Winery in Knights Valley, Sonoma. In 1998 he opened the five-star Vineyard Hotel in Berkshire, now established as the UK’s wine hotel. Here, over 800 Californian wines on the list include a unique collection from Peter Michael’s own vineyard. A ‘Judgement of Paris’ seven-course tasting dinner also tells this story at the hotel.
The Vineyard hotel continue to host ‘Lunch with…’ events throughout the summer and on Monday 10th July comedian and actress Helen Lederer will host a lunch. On Monday 9th October Nicholas Owen, the BBC broadcaster will also host a lunch. Each event includes three-courses with matching wines and is priced £60.00 per person.
The 49-room Vineyard, with each suite and bedroom named after an iconic international wine is the ideal place to enjoy summer. Guests can expect a feast for the eyes too with the walls around the hotel full of art by artists including Henry Martin, Ronald Searle, Boris Smirnoff and Doris Zinkeisen. The Vineyard is also home to a spa with an indoor pool for hotel guests only. Whilst staying at the hotel, guests can explore nearby destinations including Highclere Castle, more famously known as Downton Abbey, just a few miles from the hotel.
Eat. Sleep. And drink wine. This is the hotel’s motto which fully invites guests to indulge the palate whilst refreshing the spirit.
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU 01635 897589
Accommodation and breakfast is priced from £247 based on two guests.