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Bothy Vineyard Celebrated 40 Years in 2018
25 May Press Release - 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.
English Wine Week 2019
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May (11-6). The vineyard will be open to the public to explore and enjoy. Meet the winemaker, free wine tastings and short tours at 11 and 3 pm on each day. Picnics and well behaved dogs are welcome.
Book now for a personal and informative 2 hours tour of the vineyard. The season starts towards the end of April and end in September.
Drop in Tour dates will take place at 2 pm on the last Saturday of each month from April to September. Please ring to make sure you have a space tel: 01865 390067.
If you would like to organize your own tour or join an existing tour booking, click here for more information.
Help needed from Local Businesses to gather More Corks
Bothy Vineyard has found a way of making corks work harder. Besides using corks to stopper their own wines, this local vineyard is now collecting its used corks and passing them onto Recorked UK, a cork-recycling programme that then donates a penny for every cork collected to a local wildlife charity.
Bothy Vineyard is Oxfordshire’s official collection point, having sent over 7000 corks to Recorked UK. There is a huge UK demand for this wonderful natural material, which is not currently being met. The White Hart at Fyfield, Cherwell Boathouse and the Oxford Wine Company are just some businesses that have agreed to give their old corks to this cause. Can your business do the same?
Please contact Sian Liwicki at Bothy Vineyard, by ringing 01865 390067 or emailing email@example.com
Bothy Vineyard has always placed a huge emphasis on sustainable practices – recycling, re-using, energy conservation and wildlife protection. However this is the first time that a real opportunity has arisen to save corks from landfill.