Absolutely fantastic. We stayed for a night at Three Choirs in one of their lodges which was beautiful. Nice and... secluded with a massive bed and a bath. We both slept well and being woken up by bird song, pheasants and bunny rabbits darting around outside was idyllic.We also stayed for a tasting and a tour. The wine was great. I've never had English dessert wine before and it was delicious. Dinner was also superb. Nice tapas style dishes with plenty of vegetarian options.The staff were also lovely and incredibly friendly.You should book. You won't regret itread more
If you want to get away from it all (and who doesn't, with the Covid madness that is raging as I post this?) then... seriously consider coming here. We took a two-night stay, booking a lodge room. I can't speak for the other accommodation, obviously, but the quiet is incredible - occasional pheasant notwithstanding... the lodge rooms are about 500 yards from the main building, down a well-lit gravel road, in the centre of the vineyard. The room was immaculately clean, spacious, and the ensuite bathroom (big claw-foot bath and walk-in shower) is perfect. The underfloor heating is wonderful. Around you, pheasants, moorhens, rabbits and other birds are not terribly disturbed by your presence, as you walk around the vineyard. Sitting on the adirondack chairs outside (even in winter sunshine) the quiet is so relaxing. I imagine you might spend an awful lot of time out here in the summer months. The bed is extremely firm, be prepared for that, but I can't fault it, otherwise.The restaurant is pristine, tables well spaced, and the staff are very efficient. It serves Tapas, with a wide menu, and everything freshly cooked. Portion sizes are generous, the preparation is really good, and very tasty. Have a glass of their cuvee to start with, it's excellent, and you get a large glass, too! Didn't want Tapas two nights running, so we found a local pub for our second night. You order your breakfasts (and choose times) beforehand, and a big plus for me was that marmite was included, I didn't have to ask for it...The wine tour - included in the price - was very informative, and it must be great to be here when bottling is happening. Generous tasting of 5 wines gives you a great idea of what they produce, all of which are on sale in their shop.All in all, an excellent stay. If the world settles down, I'd love to do the this again in the summerread more
Oh my...what a little gem of a place! We had a drink out on the lawn...1st time we've cooled down in 2 weeks!Then went... inside for food. The menu is Tapas style. Plenty of choice for meat eaters, cheese and fish lovers and vegetarians as well. We had a bottle of the sparkling wine...fruity, crisp and delicious and we tried the 2 reds that the vineyard produce...Ravenhill coming out on top. It is a little pricey but it makes a great place as a treat or special occasion. Definitely worth it. The staff are lovely and we had the best waitress Sharon...she was friendly and chatty. Overall best night out in a long time! We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Well done 👍😊read more
This was the best location I have ever been to in England. You would be mistaken for being in a vineyard in the South... of France. We stayed one night in the lodge cabin. Cosy, really clean, great facilities and amazing views. Breakfast was outstanding with many options. The wine tasting was fantastic. We learnt very quickly what wine to buy and what to avoid. Jill who did the wine tour was so amazing, very welcoming and answered all our questions and took the time to help us with whatever we needed. I would a million percent recommend this place. Hopefully one day they do wedding bookings as it would be an amazing location for it.read more
We fell in love with the vineyard setting when we visited Napa Valley a few years ago. We were so excited to find a... British vineyard that would allow us to relive the experience.I do agree that the accommodation could be upgraded, and could be more luxurious. However, at this price point, it would be impossible to not give 5 stars!We normally have to explain to every single member of staff about our diet requirements, and at every meal. At the Three Choirs - I only mentioned it at check in, and every meal was planned around our needs in advance. This made the experience a lot more relaxing. And the food was fantastic, they did a great job of catering for vegans at such short notice. The breakfast was amazing!read more
Through the whole winemaking process we are focused on maximising quality without compromise. We care for the vine and the wine with equal passion, and are proud of all of the wines that we put into bottle.
Wine Maker: Martin Fowke
How long have you been making wine?
Since 1989! So this year will be my 30th vintage!
Why are you making wine? What led you here?
My initial interest was in farming, and in turn then into viticulture and horticulture. A combination of this and the luck of meeting a girl whose father ran a vineyard in Gloucestershire!
What is the best thing about winemaking?
Seeing the process all the way through from a growing crop to a finished product. The variability every season and the challenges that change every year. The people in the industry and being able to live in the country!
And the worst?
Cold wet evenings cleaning down especially late at night during harvest!
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
What is the greatest wine, other than your own, you have ever drunk?
Now that is a difficult one! I love Chilean Carmenere, and Alsatian Gewurtztraminer, but probably the wine that really had the wow factor for me was Brown Brothers Australian Tarrango, which I tasted when travelling in Australia. It had so much freshness compared to the big, heavy reds that they were producing at the time.
What is your favourite food and wine match?
A good red wine with great cheeses, ripe soft cheeses especially. Fresh Sauvignon Blanc or Bacchus with asparagus!
How much do you travel to promote your wines? Do you enjoy it?
Mostly just in the UK, although I have consulted for other companies in Chile, Argentina, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain. Not so much now. Our market is mainly in the uk, and most tastings seem to be centred around London. I love visiting for a day or two, but also love to get back to the peace and tranquillity of the countryside.
What do you think of the ‘natural wine’ movement?
I think anything that promotes less interference and use of external ingredients is commendable, but shouldn’t adversely affect the quality.
Do you have a hobby outside winemaking?
Sport, sport, sport! Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Tennis, Golf – anything that has a bit of competition and a ball!
Harvest brings pride
As the grapes arrive at the door of the winery there is a strong sense of pride and achievement from the vineyard team. The potential is there in the grape for the winemakers to nurture and develop. As the annual cycle ends in the vineyard so it starts in the winery.
Production manager: Kevin shayle
A good winery needs to be well organised and efficient. The winemakers have ultimate control on quality, but ensuring that things are done when they need to be done is both an art and a science. Kevin has been in charge of winery operations for more than 25 years and co-ordinates people, wines, packaging and transport to ensure that things happen when they should.
A selection by taste
From the time that we consider picking to the final decisions before bottling, we put high importance on tasting, trusting the expert palate and the skill of our winemaking team.
Our winemaking team are aware of the importance of science and analysis, but our primary focus is on taste. We taste the wines regularly through the making process, making decisions based on our senses, using the scientific analysis to back up our tasting decisions.
And next year it will start again
As the vines go into dormancy and the fermentation’s bubble away gently in the winery through to the end of the calendar year, we look forward to the next 12 months. We plan carefully, prune hard and talk of the perfect summer, as eternal optimists always do. We cope with adversity, as do the vines, we rise to a challenge, but never compromise on quality!
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