Wine and Dine at The Vineyard Hotel in Berkshire and Leave with an Internationally Recognised Qualification
18 Aug 2015
• WSET wine appreciation courses across several levels at the UK’s wine hotel
• Luxury hotel ideal for leisure and business with innovative food and wine pairing
• Wine discovery experiences in the cellar filled with 30,000 bottles of wine
• Grapetherapy spa treatments enhance The Vineyard experience
“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and …it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing”. Ernest Hemingway
The UK’s wine hotel The Vineyard in Berkshire, will host globally recognised WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) courses levels one and two this autumn. Founded in 1969 to help educate wine and spirit professionals, the WSET extend their courses to wine enthusiasts. Last year the 49-room Vineyard, with each room named after an iconic international wine, had an above average pass rate of 92%.
Guests arriving at the luxurious five-star hotel will be impressed by the striking two-storey glass cellar holding over 30,000 bottles from both the New and Old Worlds as well as the award-winning wines from owner Sir Peter Michael’s estate in Sonoma County, California. The wines form the perfect accompaniment to the celebrated contemporary French and Mediterranean cuisine, using seasonal and sustainable produce, from executive chef Daniel Galmiche.
Level 1 WSET Course Dates: 20 September, 18 October & 22 November
Level 1, requires no prior wine knowledge making it ideal for anyone with an interest in wine. Overnight course costs are £322.50pp 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 cellar tour, one night (Sunday) with breakfast and use of the spa facilities. Aspects of wine covered include storage and service, grape varieties, food and wine matching. Day course costs £199pp.
Level 2 WSET Course Dates: 2nd, 3rd and 4th October
The WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits is ideal for both enthusiastic amateurs and those looking to enter the wine industry. The course covers the major white grape varieties including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and black grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, the key wine-producing regions of the world, food and wine pairing, sparkling wines, fortified wines and the major spirits.
Overnight weekend course costs £1,050pp including two nights in a luxury double room with daily breakfast, professional tuition by a WSET-certified tutor including tasting up to 44 wines and four spirits, four-course dinner with matching wines on Friday and Saturday, buffet lunch on Saturday and Sunday, wine tasting kit (study pack, text book, moleskin journal, tasting card), examination fees, internationally recognized WSET qualification certificate and lapel pin. Non-residential course costs £699pp.
WSET courses are a sophisticated yet ultimately enjoyable way to bond with friends and/or colleagues whilst sampling award-winning wines in a luxurious setting.
For those looking for a business venue, The Vineyard makes a welcome alternative with four elegant, flexible spaces for all types of meetings, conferences or events. For ultimate privacy the hotel is available for exclusive use. Conveniently located just off the M4 corridor, 45 minutes from Heathrow, the hotel doesn’t stop at providing gourmet menus and award winning wines. Inspirational and motivational activities include wine cellar tours and chocolate making with Daniel Galmiche; art tours of the hotel’s impressive private art collection including works by Henri Martin and Boris Smirnoff and including the Judgement of Paris painting; trips to Silverstone or up in a hot air balloon can also be organised.
The Vineyard is also home to a boutique spa, fittingly awarded ‘Five Bubbles’ – the highest rating – by the prestigious Good Spa Guide. With its own show stopping feature in the glass roof guests can star gaze from the elegant surroundings of the luxurious 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 these use the Vineyard’s exclusive Red Grape products, fragrant with sun-ripened fruit.
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU 01635 897589
Accommodation and breakfast is priced from £247 based on two guests