The Ultimate Wine Cellar Door Gift Guide
There are more great gifts from UK vineyards than ever before this year. Hopefully we’ve given you the information to get to know your local wine producer and you may already have checked out their offerings. Here are some more great ideas for you.
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Who doesn’t love a beautifully packaged gift of local wine? We’ve searched through the online shops of our producers for some presents that are particularly special.
Albourne Estate are one of the best producers of still wines out there and they are offering a Wine Gift Box of any 3 of their still wines for £45 (plus £9.99 delivery or free collection from the vineyard).
A couple of vineyards have started producing other interesting drinks, notably vermouth and gin. One of these is Bolney Wine Estate, who have a rather splendid Rosso Bundle at £30 (plus £4.99 delivery or free collection from the shop) featuring a full bottle and a miniuture of their red vermouth, a balloon glass, tonic and a cocktail book.
Over at Bluebell Vineyards, who are also in Sussex, they have a wide selection of gifts including a Savoury Hamper £55 (for collection only) and a Sparkling Trio for £85 (free shipping), comprising one each Blanc de Blancs 2013, a Rosé 2013 and a Classic Cuvée 2014.
A very special present idea from Fox & Fox is their Gold Medal Gift Box – three bottles of sparkling wine, a Blanc de Blancs 2013, a Blanc de Noirs 2014 and Mosaic Brut 2014 (a 50/50 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay cépage). Each of these has won gold medal in an international competition and the 3 bottles are presented in a wooden gift box, the price is £125 and there is no delivery charge.
There are so many things we could choose from Hattingley Valley in Hampshire, but as it’s Christmas we’ve gone for their very first release Demi-Sec sparkling wine (£35 + £8.25 shipping or free collection from the vineyard during office hours). Perfect with mince pies and desserts with a hint of sweetness – think more apple pie than treacle sponge! Delicious as a digestif, too.
Down in Cornwall, our friends at Polgoon have been working hard on gift ideas and we particularly like their Art Bacchus Gift, which includes a print of Paul Lewin’s ‘Veor Cove’ with a bottle of limited edition 2016 Bacchus £108 (plus £9 delivery or free collection).
You may have read about some of the exciting things happening in East Anglia, one of the vineyards up that way, Giffords Hall, is one of the few English Producers to make a magnum, their Rosé Magnum is £27, or £36.80 with wooden presentation box (£7.95 next day courier or free collection on one of their festive shopping days).
Not far away in Essex, Toppesfield Vineyard are relatively new producers already winning awards for their Bacchus and their still Rosé. A mixed case of any 6 bottles is £83.70 (plus £9 delivery or free collection on a Saturday).
A great way to get involved in what’s happening at your local vineyard is a membership scheme. Benefits vary, but usually include private access to the vineyard and winemaker as well as early access to new wine releases. These make a great gift for a friend, or even for yourself!
Albury is an organic vineyard in Surrey, located between Guildford and Dorking. Their wine club has been going a good few years now and costs £80 for single membership or £95 for a couple (with free delivery). Each membership type includes a bottle of Rosé and a bottle of Sparkling wine, invitations to members events, discounts on further wine purchases, the opportunity to get involved in harvest and more.
Along the Jurassic Coast sits Furleigh Wine Estate, where £150 will get you membership of their wine club and lots of benefits including a welcome bottle of sparkling wine, a case of 6 bottles of still wine, plus another bottle on your birthday (or other chosen date), invitation to a “Get Your Hands Dirty” lunch, discounts on further purchases and more.
One of the exciting new openings this year has been the new winery, cellar door and visitor centre at Hush Heath Estate. A great way to enjoy everything that’s on offer there, including behind-the-scenes access is membership of the Hush Heath Wine Club.
Oxney is another organic vineyard, this one based near Rye. The recently launched Oxney Wine Club includes 3 bottles of wine per quarter, to include their top sparkling wines, as well as discounts on further purchases, tasting invitations as well as discount on hire of their tasting room. Membership is £302 with wines to be collected or £335 shipped.
Some wine producers continue doing tours all year round, while of course there is less to see in the vineyard, the visit to the tasting room is even more welcome! For many of those vineyards, and for the ones only open in the summer, you can often purchase tour vouchers. Here are a few we can recommend.
Over in Dorset, Langham Estate offer a guided tour voucher for 2 people at £30, which is nicely presented and can include a personal message. They have a café on site, so you, or your giftee can enjoy a bite to eat before or after their tour as well.
If you’d like to be shown around Stopham Estate in Sussex by one of the winemakers, you have two tour options, a tour with tasting at £25, or the same tour to be followed by lunch at the local pub for £42.
Another rather special option is the Discovery Tasting at Gusbourne Estate, this is the ideal way to experience an extended range of Gusbourne wines, paired with a delicious lunch. A full tour of the vineyards and winery is followed by a tutored tasting including some special wines that don’t feature in their standard hosted tour. this tour is £65 per person and can be booked as a gift; the lucky recipient will receive a gift card in the post.
If you fancy visiting a selection of vineyards and being driven between them (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t?) how about a voucher from Cornish Wine Tours? They are available in amounts from £75 to £125 and can be redeemed against any tour or event. Vouchers are delivered by post and can include a special gift message.
Love wine and vineyards, but don’t fancy owning a whole one? How about a vine rental or leasing scheme? Benefits are generally fairly similar to those of membership schemes, but you can usually do and visit your very own vines too!
If you’re in the Wiltshire area, A’Beckett’s vineyard, you can rent 10, 25 or 50 vines for £50, £150 or £300. You get to choose whether to have Pinot Noir or Chardonnay vine and you can visit them at any time during opening hours during the year of the lease.
Chet & Waveney are a fairly new vineyard in Norfolk, their vine leasing scheme has a number of options ranging from £550 upwards, including maintenance of your vines, with the opportunity for you to visit your vines, take part in harvest and receive discounts on other wine purchases.
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