Test Your Knowledge against the Experts at the Wine Festival Weekend, The Vineyard Hotel, Berkshire, 20-21st November
19 Oct 2015
• Five-course dinner on the Friday night, prepared by chef Daniel Galmiche, matched with two superb wines per course
• During Saturday’s wine tasting, over 150 wines to sample from suppliers from around the globe
• Speak with suppliers and winemakers, and attend masterclasses
• Wine discovery experiences in the cellar filled with 30,000 bottles of wine
Having recently won 2015 European Hotel Wine List of the Year, The Vineyard near Newbury, in leafy Berkshire, is hosting its annual wine festival on November 20th and 21st, which will showcase selected fine wines from around the world, as well as artisan beers and spirits for visitors to try and buy.
The Wine Festival Weekend begins with a fantastic five-course dinner on the Friday night matched with two superb wines per course (selected from wineries who will be showcasing their wines for you to taste the following day), and hosted by the great and the good of the wine world.
Next day, Saturday marks The Vineyard’s sixth annual wine festival with over 150 wines available to taste from suppliers around the globe. Visitors can have fun and deepen their wine knowledge, chat with suppliers and winemakers, and attend masterclasses throughout the event.
With bottles uncorked from Peter Michael Winery, Schramsberg, Rudd Estate, Champagne Taittinger, Nyetimber, Les Caves de Pyrene and more, it is sure to be a remarkable and palate-teasing day. Highlights on the day of the tasting will be:
English sparkling – California is The Vineyard’s heartland and England is The Vineyard’s home. Guests will get to try products from the rise and rise of English sparkling wine
Ageworthy wines – There will be a comparative tasting between two Californian vintages, ten years apart, to demonstrate the “ageability” of wine
Coravin – A revolutionary way of wine storage, this will change the way visitors drink
Artisan Spirits – Visitors can try a range of delicious alternative spirits and liqueurs, that make great stocking fillers, too
Artisan beers – The rise of artisan English beers continues and visitors will be able to try some of the best here
Everything about the Vineyard is inspired from the world of wine. The owner makes wine in California and has brought the West Coast style to Berkshire. With its glass-covered cellar holding over 30,000 bottles of wine – many from the owner’s Californian vineyard – The Vineyard is the UK’s leading wine hotel.
The wines form the perfect accompaniment to the celebrated contemporary French and Mediterranean cuisine, using seasonal and sustainable produce, from executive chef Daniel Galmiche.
Wine cellar tours; chocolate making with Daniel Galmiche; art tours of the hotel’s impressive private art collection including works by Henri Martin and Boris Smirnoff and the famous Judgement of Paris painting; a trip to Silverstone or up in a hot air balloon can also be organised.
Visitors can also try the grape therapy spa treatments. The Vineyard is home to a boutique spa, fittingly awarded ‘Five Bubbles’ – the highest rating – by the prestigious Good Spa Guide. Thanks to its show-stopping glass roof, guests can stargaze from the elegant, circular, heated indoor swimming pool and relax in the warmth of the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The extensive list of treatments includes a selection of signature treatments; many of which use the Vineyard’s exclusive Red Grape products, fragrant with sun-ripened fruit.
Just an hour from central London, the five-star Vineyard is a must for lovers of fine food and wine.
Friday 20th November – Wine Festival Dinner
7pm arrival for 7.30pm
The Vineyard begins the Wine Festival Weekend with a fantastic five course dinner matched with two superb wines per course and Schramsberg Californian sparkling wine aperitif
£120 per person
Stay the night with breakfast from just £173.50 per person**
Saturday 21st November – Wine Festival Tasting
Taste over 150 wines from 11am to 5pm
Wine tasting ticket – £25 per person*
Two-course Lunch Menu – £25 per person
*Redeemable against a case of wine with a value of £250 or more. Only one ticket can be redeemed per transaction.
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU 01635 897589
Accommodation and breakfast is priced from £247 based on two guests