The Year of English Wines at the UK’s Wine Hotel
18 Apr 2017
- 10 different English wines available at the UK’s wine hotel
- Award-winning Head Sommelier Romain Bourger has seen an increase in demand
- English Wine Week between 27th May and 4th June to further celebrate success
Home to some 30,000 bottles of wine and an award-winning restaurant and Spa, The Vineyard is an oenophile’s dream and home to 10 different English wines. The Vineyard Hotel has seen an increase in demand for English wines over the past few years coinciding with an increase in annual production over the past four to five years.
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.
Approx style of wines produced were: Sparkling: 66%, Still White: 24%, Red/rosé: 10%. Sparkling wine production started to exceed still from the 2010 harvest, and the sparkling wine sector continues to grow year on year. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier account for over 50% of total varietal plantings).
Roman Bourger won ‘UK Young Sommelier of the Year’ for 2016. Romain was also awarded silver in the International Final of the Jeunes Sommelier Competition which was organised by The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society. Romain leads a team of sommeliers at The Vineyard Hotel and he notes: “Since I arrived in England, the market for English wines has continuously increased both in terms of demand and production. There are so many wineries now that offer fantastic products when ten years ago it was almost only a handful. Obviously, sparkling wines are leading the production but there are more and more great still wines produced either as whites, reds or dessert wines; even rosés! There is now a great diversity and I would definitely encourage everybody to taste these still wines”.
The 10 English sparkling and white wines available at The Vineyard Hotel are:
English Sparkling Wines at The Vineyard Hotel
2009 Gusbourne, Reserve, Brut, Kent £72.00
2010 Gusbourne, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Kent £100.00
2011 Gusbourne, Rosé, Brut, Kent £89.00
2005 Nyetimber, Classic Cuvée, Brut, West Sussex £110.00
1996 Nyetimber, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, West Sussex £250.00
2011 Sugrue Pierre, The Trouble with Dreams, Brut, South Downs, Sussex £70.00
NV Wiston Estate, Goring, Brut, South Downs, Sussex £66.00
English White Wines at The Vineyard Hotel
Essex 2014 New Hall, Pinot Gris, Reserve £30.00
Sussex 2013 Albourne, Bacchus £40.00
Kent 2013 Gusbourne, Chardonnay, Guinevere £59.00
English Wine Week is a national campaign, designed to raise awareness of English wines across the country and this year the event takes place between 27th May and 4th June. Throughout May, The Vineyard will be offering Gusbourne wines by the glass.
Head Chef Robby Jenks won an Acorn award at the 3 AA Rosette restaurant in 2016 and works with Romain when it comes to pairing his dishes with wines including English wines. Robby Jenks 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 English wines.
The 49-room Vineyard, with each suite and bedroom named after an iconic international wine is the ideal place to enjoy spring flavours. 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.
Guests with a car can explore vineyards surrounding The Vineyard Hotel in Berkshire including:
- Jenkyn Place in Hampshire
- Danebury in Hampshire
- Brightwell in Oxfordshire
Those interested in furthering their knowledge in wine, including information on English wines, can attend WSET courses at the hotel, both levels 1 and 2 run throughout the year. Level 1 courses are on 23rd April, 21st May and 11th June.
Eat. Sleep. And drink wine. This is the hotel’s motto which fully invites guests to indulge the palate whilst refreshing the spirit. There is no better place to experience English wines than at the UK’s wine hotel in the heart of Berkshire.
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU 01635 897589
Accommodation and breakfast is priced from £247 based on two guests.