Good wine is important to us. Our House Manager Fiona works extremely hard to create a small, interesting, English where possible, wine list. She looks for distinctive, award-winning wines made using clean production methods with sustainably farmed fruit. It’s important that our values at Combe Grove translate into everything we do, and wine is no exception.
For our house wines, we have opted to use “bag-in-box” wines. This method can minimise environmental impact by up to 60 per cent by using less packaging and maintaining the quality of the wine for longer.
England has a number of fantastic wine producers and we want to play our part in championing them. We’re committed to this as we believe in minimising the impact on the environment by reducing food miles. We also want to champion the ever-increasing standard of English winemaking, as well as encourage good quality employment for people within the country. Below are a number of the suppliers we use:
Three Choirs Vineyard
Three Choirs Vineyard is one of England’s oldest vineyards. They have been producing wine for over 30 years and have recently received awards from the Sommelier Wine Awards and the Wines of Great Britain Awards.
Sixteen Ridges Vineyard
Originally operating as a traditional farm Sixteen Ridges planted their first vines in 2007 and started on their journey to produce top quality wines. They strive to capture the history and heritage of the countryside, but with a twist of innovative creativity. Their honest approach and respect for the fruit as well as the land on which they grow mark them out.
New Hall Vineyards
New Hall Vineyards have been growing and producing wines since 1969, although there have been vineyards in the area since the 12th century. They have produced a number of award-winning wines and have also been awarded the winemaker of the UKVA winemaker of the year in 2016.
Mumfords Vineyard is our very nearby neighbour and they overlook the Avon valley, two miles to the east of Bath. They are a family run business and dedicated to producing the finest quality English wines and have won a number of Decanter Awards for their efforts.
Beckett’s Vineyard planted their first vines in 2001 and since then have gone on to produce a number of award-winning red, rose, white and sparkling wines. They also produce cider and apple juice from their heritage orchard.
Furleigh Estate, Dorset
At Furleigh Estate this former dairy farm has been transformed into a modern winery and vineyard. They produce classic sparkling wines using Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and Pinot Meunier and grow Bacchus and Rondo to produce fine still wines. They have won a trophy and gold medals from the International Wine Challenge, silver from the Decanter awards, and gold from Effervescent du Monde.
Greenhill Estate, Somerset