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Planted in 1989, Plumpton Estate has become the centre of viticulture education in the UK. Degree students produce award winning wines, including their renowned sparkling - the Dean Brut NV.
Hidden in the heart of rural Sussex, Bolney Estate uses Roman winemaking traditions brought to the UK over 2,000 years ago. Try their Dark Harvest to discover a Great English red wine.
One of the larger vineyards in England, Hush Heath Estate totals an area of more than 28 hectares. They use traditional champagne grapes to produce delicious sparkling wines.
Chapel Down, based in Tenterden, Kent, is the largest winemaker in England. This modern winery produces smart, fresh wines that display the best characteristics of English styles.
Nestled on the North Downs in Dorking, Denbies benefit from the regions chalky soil, which provides growth conditions similar to the Champagne region. Their sparkling wines are popular with Waitrose customers.
Ridgeview Estate lies on one of the highest points of the Sussex Downs and enjoys a superb terroir for grapes. They produce high quality sparkling wine using classic champagne grape varieties.
All grapes used in Nyetimber are grown on their own vineyards in Sussex and Hampshire. The Nyetimber Classic CuvÁe is one of England’s most popular sparkling wines.
A new vineyard on the chalk slopes of the North Downs in Hampshire. The first vines; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, were planted in 2004. The wines are given three years of aging before sale.
Seyval Blanc is the main grape variety grown at Breaky Bottom. It makes clean Loire-style wines, neutral in character with a keen acidity. When left to mature, however the wine develops a wonderful depth and complexity.
Established in 1993, the Meopham Valley Vineyard is located on the North Downs of Kent. Their white, rosÁ and sparkling wines have won numerous awards in local, national and international competitions.
Brightwell Valley Vineyard is a frequent medal winner. They grow seven grape varieties; which are all picked by hand, to produce premier white, rosÁ, red and sparkling wines.
Oaken Grove Orchard
Established by an Italian family in 1985 with the vision to turn a 10 acre apple and pear orchard into a vineyard. Today, with more than 5,000 vines, Oaken Grove produces one of England's most loved dry white wines.
These awards winning vines were planted in 1973 and have since become Britain's largest vineyard. Their winery's house all stainless steel tanks with warm rooms for their French and American oak barriques.
Glyndwr Vineyard produces a range of award winning wines that have been carefully blended and fermented by their skilled wine making team for over a quarter of a century.
Situated near Camel River in Cornwell, Camel Valley have been creating wine since 1989. They couple traditional vineyard practice with a modern approach to wine making to produce award-winning sparkling wines.
Quoins is a small vineyard in countryside Bath, producing just three thousand bottles a year. Established in 2002 by Alan Chubb, this family run vineyard is committed to the organic production of wine.
Sharpham Estate produces some of England's most outstanding wines. Traditional and new world techniques are employed, resulting in a range of distinctive and carefully balanced wines.
Somborne Valley Estate
A quintessentially English family run vineyard set in the picturesque village of Somborne, in the heart of the Test Valley. Try the Somborne Valley Sparkling RosÁ for a great example of the style.
Wickham Row Ash
Planted in 1984, this vineyard has grown into a 40 acre estate with 10 different grape varieties. With gentle south facing slopes to maximise sunlight for ripening, Wickham produces some of England's most loved wines.
Leckford Vineyard is owned and operated by Waitrose. We have grown three grape varieties; Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, which will be turned into a sparkling wine with the help of winemakers at Ridgeview.
1. Place your order with our Cellar Specialists or online.
(All orders exclude duty and VAT)
2. You will receive a certificate to confirm your payment and orders.
3. Once the Chateau has released your wine, it will then be shipped to the UK in Autumn 2017 (approximately)
4. Your case will be delivered to you or we can help you arrange storage. (Payment of VAT and duty are now due)
What is En Primeur?
En primeur is the term used across the industry for buying wine before it has been bottled. Think of it as “wine futures”.
Why should I buy En Primeur?
If you’re thinking of starting a cellar collection or are looking to put some wine away to drink in several (2-5) or many (5+) years time En Primeur is a great way to buy wine. Theoretically, En Primeur prices are the cheapest you will be able to ever buy the wine.
How does the Bordeaux system work? Each year in the spring following the previous harvest chateaux produce samples for the trade to taste. These wines are then made available to merchants to buy to then be sold on to customers.
How much can I buy?
In theory, as much as you like. However, because of the popularity of certain wines we may only be allowed to purchase a small number of cases from the chateau. If this is the case, we will put a message on the product page informing you if there is a maximum case per customer limit.
I’d like to start a wine collection, what do you suggest? Much of this will be governed by your budget and/or storage limitations not to mention when you'd like to start drinking the wines. Our Cellar Specialists are the best people to discuss this with and they would be happy to guide you through the process.
Are there any hidden costs?
Not hidden, but when the wine is bought the price paid is known as “In Bond” which means without duty or VAT.
Consequently, when the wine is shipped, and if you wish to have your wine delivered to your house, you will have to pay the prevailing duty and VAT rates before you can take delivery. Duty is currently roughly £12.50 per case of 6 and VAT 20%.
On a case of 6 bottles purchased for £100 - the "release" fee would be approximately £35 to pay. (£100+£12.50+20%=£135) - Duty is added before VAT - the government don't miss a trick!
What’s storage and how does this work?
We have a relationship in place with Vinotheque in Burton-upon-Trent to offer a storage service to our customers. If you wish to store your wines for several years prior to popping the cork and aren’t lucky enough to own a house with a Cellar or a custom built wine storage system then this is the best option for you.
Vinotheque is a temperature controlled storage facility that will keep your wine in optimum cellar conditions and allow the wine to age properly. The wine is stored “under bond” so the duty and VAT cost only applies when you wish to have the wine delivered to you when you wish to drink it. There is an annual storage charge of approximately £12 per case of 12 wines.
How do you guarantee the quality of the wine I buy?
Waitrose Buyer’s have been tasting the barrel samples for many years and are skilled at picking out the best wines of the vintage.
They will only buy wines that they are happy with and you can be re-assured that the wine you will be buying represents excellent value for money at all price points.