In 1973, we planted our first vines when local wine retailer Alan McKechnie started harvesting the vines on his small fruit farm. With a little help from the 1976 record summer temperatures and bumper harvest, his small fruit farm begun to expand. After nurturing it for 11 years, Alan sold up in 1984 due to poor health and the new owner was found.
1984 Under new ownership, our vineyards grow to 75 acres
Under the ownership of John Oldacre the vineyards flourished and the name was changed from Fairfield Fruit Farms to Three Choirs Vineyards due largely to John’s connections to the Three Choirs Festival, England’s oldest choral festival.
John Oldacre died in 2001 and the company largely remains in the hands of his family.
We open our state-of-the-art winery and visitor center
In 1990, we opened a new state of the art winery, along with a visitor centre for the increasing number of visitors.
2000 8 bedrooms follow so guests can enjoy English vineyard beauty
As the popularity of the restaurant increased, 8 bedrooms were added in 2000 so guests could enjoy the beauty of the vineyards.
2014 We welcome a 40-acre Hampshire vineyard into the family
In 2014 Three Choirs became proud owners of their Wickham Vineyard, and started an extensive program of refurbishing the buildings and replanting areas of the vineyards. Situated in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, Three Choirs Hampshire spans an impressive 40 acres and has become a popular wedding location, with happy couples choosing to tie the knot nestled amongst the vines and gentle rolling hills of Wickham.
2017 We launch new wine labels that capture the charm of our English heritage
In 2017, after a yearlong project of rebranding, Three Choirs are proud to announce new labels for their award-winning wines, produced in collaboration with Amphora Design, a specialist design consultancy working specifically with the wine trade. Local illustrator Jane Randfield was commissioned to produce the illustration for the labels and spent many days sketching and photographing the vineyard and it’s beautiful surrounding countryside.
“I wanted to show the undulating landscape, the backdrop of the Welsh Black Mountains and the Malvern Hills as well as the flora and fauna that thrives with the vines.” Jane explains.
With a constant focus on innovation and multiple award wins (including the first gold medal at Vinexpo in Bordeaux to be awarded to an English vineyard and a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence), Managing Director at Three Choirs, Thomas Shaw, says; “It is great to be packaging our wine with a label that truly reflects the provenance of our produce. English Wine deserves its own identity and Three Choirs is proud to be the first major English Vineyard to fully embrace our English Heritage on the bottle.”
We stayed for the weekend and we loved it! What a perfect place to get away from London. It is remote and quiet. The accommodation is literally in the vineyard. There is a restaurant which offers great, fresh, locally produced food, it is very tasty! We, of course, tasted the ? and we loved it. Maybe we were a little tipsy by the end of the weekend ?. I highly recommend.
Took my other half here in February for his birthday. We stayed in one of the lodges, which was so peaceful, lovely room and bathroom. We did the wine tour too, which was great! Super restaurant too, enjoyed a delicious meal. Could not fault a thing, thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will return! Thank you to all the helpful and friendly staff for making our stay a most enjoyable and relaxing one. ?
Lunch and tour - tour was fine and the tastings agreeable. Lunch however was a bit of a curates egg. The mackerel starter was delicious. The best mackerel dish I’ve tasted. However the fish and chips was well below par. The rectangular piece of fish was supermarket quality at best, undercooked and bland. At £18.50 it was inexcusable. The mushroom pancake looked good but was low on flavour and almost cold. The pancake was most certainly not freshly made as it was quite hard in places. Sadly we will not be returning. Very disappointing I’m sad to say.