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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. Despite torrential rain and thunder at the start of the event, attendees were able to sample all these wonderful wines sitting in the sunshine of the courtyard at The Oxford Union later in the day and were able to purchase local T&CVA wines to take home with them.

T&CVA 2014 Annual Wine Challenge Results

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.

A big thank you to the judges who were:
Patricia Stefanowicz MW
Elizabeth Gabay MW – Wine writer & historian, consultant, speaker based in St Martin Vesubie, France
Lindsay Oram - Wine and Food Technologist, Wine Marketing, Judge for IWSC and IWC, and a student on the MW course.
Yannick Joseph – Head Butler & Sommelier at Balliol College Oxford.
The numbers of wines entered per class were as follows:
Class 1: Dry White, 2013 – 17 entries; Class 2: Dry White, prior to 2013- 8 entries; Class 3: White, not dry, any year – 2 entries; Class 4: Red, any year – 4 entries; Class 5: Rose, any year – 7 entries; Class 6: Sparkling, any year, any colour – 6 entries.

Awards:
The following wines are to be congratulated for having won awards:-



 

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.

The wines will be judged over the next two weeks behind closed doors in Oxford, but members of the public will be able to sample the submissions at the English Wine Festival, to be held at The Oxford Union on Saturday 7 June (11 am - 6 pm). NOTE VENUE CHANGE (previously publicized as Balliol College). Tickets will now cost £7, which will include tastings samples.

Please note that all other details for the English Wine Festival remain the same:
• For the first time ever, the City of Oxford will play host to the UK Vineyards Association Wine of the Year Competition in which hundreds of English and Welsh wines will vie with each other for recognition and glory.
• The people of Oxford will then be treated to a rare opportunity to taste for themselves over 100 of the award-winning wines to emerge from the competition, as part of the English Wine Festival. Only the very best wines from the competition will be offered to taste during the Festival.
• At the English Wine Festival, the public can also meet winemakers, growers and even a Master of Wine specializing in the English Wines and learn more about the grape varieties that do well in our climate. Wines produced in the Thames and Chilterns region will also be available to taste and to buy.

Tickets: £7 (includes tasting) - pay on the door
Contact: Denise Santilli, 07721 744020, honsec@thameschilternsvineyards.org.uk
Venue: The Oxford Union, Frewin Ct, Oxford OX1 3JB

The UK Wine of the Year Competition, run by the UK Vineyards Association, will be held behind closed doors in the run-up to the English Wine Festival. This competition is unique in the world because all the judges are Masters of Wine, wine experts who have received the highest qualification in their field.

The 2013 harvest figures for the UK have just been released, revealing the highest production on record, a total of 33,384 hectolitres, equating to just below 4.5 million bottles. This is the highest volume ever, breaking the previous record of 4 million bottles in 2010. The increase reflects the ongoing rise in planting that the industry continues to experience. In the last seven years, hectarage has doubled, with some 500 hectares planted in the last two years alone. Sparkling wine now accounts for around two thirds of England’s total production with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier accounting for just under 50% of recent plantings, followed by Bacchus.

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. The 7½ acre (3Ha) Fairmile Vineyard sits on a steep chalky flinty slope and has been planted with 12,000 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier rootstocks using GPS technology to ensure accuracy of the rows.

Owners Jan & Anthea Mirkowski feel that the south-facing slope will confer great advantages for drainage, frost protection, and capturing sunlight, especially in autumn when the grapes are in berry, and the sun sitting lower on the horizon.

The first harvest should be picked 2017, with the grapes being sent offsite to a contract winemaker who will turn them into mostly sparkling wines – white and rosé.

Other vineyards already exist close by, and we hope to see Henley made famous not only for its Regatta and quality of life, but noted for its fine wines!

T&CVA 2013 Annual Wine Challenge Results

28 wines from 8 vineyards were entered into the T&CVA Annual Wine Challenge held at Brightwell Vineyard on 15th June 2013.
The four eminent judges were: Patricia Stefanowicz MW;Kathleen Burk, Wine Consultant and Educator MW; Anne Krebiehl final year MW; Lindsay Oram final year MW.
The following Trophies were awarded:





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. Read more...

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 2014 Annual Wine Challenge


T&CVA 2014 Trophy Winners

T&CVA 2014 Judges

2014 Judging above and below


Stanlake Park Mac Mackinnon trophy
Stanlake Park Mac MacKinnon trophy

2014 Festival Poster
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Fairmile Vineyard planting
Fairmile Vineyard - vine planting

Fairmile Vineyard - vines at 6 weeks

T&CVA 2013 Annual Wine Challenge


MacMackinnon Trophy - Dropmore Vineyard

T&CVA Decanter - Birghtwell Vineyard

Stefanowicz Salver - Brightwell Vineyard