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Oxfordshire's oldest vineyard-winery, Bothy Vineyard, celebrates 40th year

Bothy Vineyard, Oxfordshire’s oldest vineyard-winery is 40 years this year – and we will be toasting our rich history with a delicious glass of sparkling wine this Saturday 2nd June during a day-long Open Day.

Members of the public will have a rare opportunity to visit Bothy Vineyard on Saturday when the vineyard grounds will be open and at its most beautiful. The pink tinged vine buds will be unfurling and the wildflower meadows will be in full bloom. Visitors will be able to wander in between Oxfordshire’s oldest vines and paths decorated with sculptures too. They will be treated to free tutored tastings of Bothy wines, with nibbles and birthday cake. and meet the producers. Two free tours are scheduled (12 and 3 pm) to give the visitors a chance to learn more about the UK wine industry.

There are several reasons for celebration. Besides turning 40, Bothy Vineyard has just successfully bottling its 2017 Vintage. After several years of being hit by late frosts, the vines came through this cold winter and spring with virtually no frost damage. The mood is optimistic.

Sian Liwicki of Bothy Vineyard said, “We want to invite the public in to join us on this happy occasion and we shall certainly be breaking open the sparkling rosé! “When the vineyard was first planted in 1978, those were pioneering days. In the early years of the industry no one knew which grapes would do best in our climate and what the productivity would look like. The founders Dorothy and Roger Fisher, however, astutely found a site with 20 feet of sand, sheltered from the winds and in a relatively dry rain shadow. It has not always been easy but forty years on we are still here and producing excellent wines. We are celebrating the founder’s foresight and extending the tradition of wine making in the Vale of the White Horse for many more years!”

This event is part of English Wine Week and the first of Bothy Vineyard’s 40th birthday celebrations.

The full press release and news of other events at Bothy Vineyard can be downloaded here.

T&CVA 2017 Annual Wine Challenge Results

The 2017 Wine Challenge was held at Stanlake Park Wine estate on Sunday September 3rd 2017.  44 wines from 15 vineyards were entered from the Region. The five judges led by Patricia Stefanowicz MW commented that the quality of the wines overall was very good, especially the sparkling wines.

The numbers of wines entered per class were as follows:
Class 1: Dry White, 2016 – 9 entries; Class 2: Dry White, prior to 2016- 13 entries; Class 3: White, not dry, any year – 0 entries; Class 4: Red, any year – 3 entries; Class 5: Rose, any year – 5 entries; Class 6: Sparkling, any year, any colour – 14 entries.

2017 awards

2017 Medal Winners:2017 award results
You can download the results brief here.

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T&CVA 2016 Annual Wine Challenge Results

The 2016 Wine Challenge was held at Hope & Harrow Vineyard and Winery on Sunday September 4th 2016. 46 wines from 14 vineyards were entered from the Region. The three judges led by Patricia Stefanowicz MW commented that the quality of the wines overall was very good. The numbers of wines entered per class were as follows:
Class 1: Dry White, 2014 – 12 entries; Class 2: Dry White, prior to 2013- 9 entries; Class 3: White, not dry, any year – 0 entries; Class 4: Red, any year – 4 entries; Class 5: Rose, any year – 7 entries; Class 6: Sparkling, any year, any colour – 14 entries.

2016 awards

You can download the results brief here.

Another scoop of medals for Alder Ridge Vineyard as they pick up Gold and Silver at The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championship!

Alder Ridge Vineyard, based at Cobbs Farm in West Berkshire was established in 2011. Nestled into the Kennet Valley on southerly facing and chalky slopes, there was no question about planting the classic Champagne style grapes; including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and more recently Pinot Precoce and Pinout Meunier. The attention given to these vines borders on the obsessive but what has been proven, is the ability to produce world class English Sparkling Wines as they pick up yet more awards 20 months after releasing their first vintage.

Alder Ridge Vineyard

In 2016, their 2013 Blanc de Noirs beat some of the bigger French Champagne houses (such as Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot) in blind tastings at the International Wine Challenge where they were awarded a Silver and later in the year a very respectable Gold at the English & Welsh Wine Awards. This latest haul, from the prestigious Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017, saw their 2013 Blanc de Noirs awarded Gold and their recently released 2013 Classic Cuvée a Silver medal. These awards pull together the very best in class of Champagne and sparkling wine from all over the world, with only 127 Gold medals and 167 Silver medals being awarded internationally.

Tom Newey, CEO of Cobbs Farm Co. Ltd says “We couldn’t be prouder of the recognition we’ve been given in these very tough and no less prestigious competitions. To think that our unique little vineyard in England is being awarded the same level of recognition as some of the centuries old classic French Champagne houses like Dom Pérignon or Vranken Pommery is incredibly humbling. These awards drive our passion to continue to produce exceptional English Sparkling Wines to the very best of our abilities.”

The full press release can be downloaded here.

Annual General Meeting 2016

The 2016 Annual General Meeting was held at Cherwell Boathouse on Sunday 10th April. The AGM was followed by a tasting of the winning wines from the 2015 Annual Wine Challenge, the presentation of Trophies and certificates and rounded off by a delicious 3-course lunch. 16 members attended the meeting. We were joined by Barry Lewis, the new CEO of the UKVA who presented the main changes to the UKVA management structure and highlighted the main focus areas for immediate action.

You can download the 2016 AGM minutes here.

2016 AGM Trophy Presentations
Four trophies were presented at the meeting (see photos). Mike Dean of Vernon Lodge was unable to make the meeting to collect the Anne Howitt Salver for best non-Commercial Wine.
2016 AGM

Tribute to John Petersen: Dropmore Vineyard

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of John Petersen on March 29th 2016 following a 4-year battle with multiple myeloma. John was a very active member of the T&CVA and always participated in our events. He will be sadly missed. The Stefanowicz salver for the Best Rose wine 2015 was awarded posthumously to John and will be given to his widow, Feona, who intends to carry on John’s good work in the vineyard. Members of the T&CVA gave a toast to John’s memory with a glass of his award winning Rose wine, at the AGM.

John Petersen Tribute

Berkshire’s Most Westerly Vineyard Launches First Home-Grown Sparkling Wine!

Alder Ridge Vineyard, planted at Cobbs in 2010 and consisting of classic Champagne variety grapes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, has now produced its very first 2013 Vintage Blanc de Noirs Brut, available from mid-November.
With terroir demonstrating many of the chalky characteristics of the traditional Champagne region, we believe this first vintage, with its exceptional provenance, shows the true potential of English Sparkling Wine and its bright future.

As Berkshire’s most Westerly vineyard, based at the much loved Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen, we continue to invest in this exciting new development by planting another 3 acres of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Précoce grapes in 2015. These additional classic Champagne grape varieties will allow us to further develop and enhance the flavour profiles of future Vintage releases to showcase Quality English Sparkling Wine at its best!

Alder Ridge Vineyard is based at Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen, just outside Hungerford on the A4. Cobbs specialises in promoting and supporting local and regional food producers as well as other artisanal and niche businesses. The site boasts a delicatessen, fresh butchery counter, fishmonger, florist, licensed café and bespoke indoor play barn.

Read the 'Emma Rice waves her wand across another sparkling triumph' article in Glass of Bubbly.

T&CVA 2015 Annual Wine Challenge Results

The 2015 Wine Challenge was held at The Chafor Wine Estate, Gawcott, Bucks on Sunday September 13th 2015. 36 wines from 10 vineyards were entered from the Region. Read more...


Sculpture in the Vineyard

Where can you see a rotating 15 foot stainless steel yacht, a blue Neolithic Egyptian goddess and a life sized horse gamboling among wildflowers in the Oxfordshire countryside? These unlikely companions will be unleashed in the grounds of Bothy Vineyard, Frilford Heath, as part of an ambitious sculpture show from 23 May to 7 June 2015. Read more... 

Cherwell Boathouse Lunch, February 22nd 2015

26 members of the T&CVA met to have lunch, network and present the trophies from the 2014 T&CVA Annual Wine Challenge. Read more...

Hundred Hills Vineyard

Stephen and Fiona Duckett have planted 61,000 vines already at their new vineyard near Pishill, and are planning to produce top quality sparkling English Wine. We warmly welcome them to the T&CVA and wish them great success with their vineyard. Download and read the full story here as reported in the Henley Standard.

Wine Growing in Great Britain

Wine Growing in Great Britain is a complete guide to establishing a vineyard in the UK and other cool climates and includes a chapter on the finances of grapegrowing, winemaking and sales. It includes a chapter on Vine Varieties, Clones and Rootstocks which is also published as a separate book.
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English Wine Festival in Oxford

200 people attended the English Wine Festival at the Oxford Union in Oxford on June 7th 2014 where members of the public were able to taste almost 200 Award-Winning English & Welsh Wines from the UKVA National Wine Competition 2014 held over the previous two days at Balliol College, Oxford.

T&CVA 2014 Annual Wine Challenge

The 2014 Wine Challenge was held at Marlow Winery on Sunday September 14th 2014. 44 wines from 13 vineyards were entered from the Region – our best ever turnout both in numbers of wines and vineyards – this reflects that some of the newly planted vineyards in the region started producing for the first time this year. Read more...

National Wine Competition – the heat is on!

Vineyards from all over the UK are rushing to put forward their best hopes into the UK Vineyards Association Wine of the Year Competition. After a complex, and at times trying 2013 vintage, the industry has landed on its feet with record-breaking harvest figures, and good quality to match. Read more...

Fairmile Vineyard, Henley-on-Thames planted!

A new vineyard is breathing life into a fallow piece of ground on the A4130 Fairmile heading north-west out of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Read more...

T&CVA 2013 Annual Wine Challenge

28 wines from 8 vineyards were entered into the T&CVA Annual Wine Challenge held at Brightwell Vineyard on 15th June 2013. Read more...

Wyfold & Theale vineyards scoop top prizes in Judgement of Parsons Green III

CONGRATULATIONS to Wyfold and Theale Vineyards, both in the Laithwaite stable and T&CVA members, who have taken the top two prizes in the Judgement of Parson's Green III - a competition to select the bestEnglish Sparkling Wines. Read more...

T&CVA 2012 Annual Wine Challenge

37 wines from 10 vineyards were entered into the T&CVA Annual Wine Challenge held at Stanlake Park Wine Estate on 21st July 2012. Read more...

English Wine Festival 2011 a huge success!

Around 600 people flocked to Stanlake Park vineyard over the weekend of 23rd/24th July 2011 for our English Wine Festival. You can download more details of the event here.

T&CVA 2011 Annual Wine Challenge

Stanlake Park Wine Estate on 24th July 2011.

English & Welsh Wine of the Year Awards 2011

T&CVA members in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Awards  held in Bury St Edmunds on June 13th & 14th 2011.  Read more... 

T&CVA 2017 Annual Wine Challenge

2017 Judges
2017 awards
2017 awards

Fairmile Vineyard planting
English Wine Fesitval Location - Oxford Union

Wine Festival Oxford

Wine Festival Oxford