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Celebrating Wine at The Retreat

At The Retreat, we are passionate about wine, and our expertly curated wine list is just the beginning!

In the Courtyard you will find our Wine Cellar, with a fabulous selection of wines to take home or enjoy onsite. This is open to locals as well as hotel guests - perfect for picking up something special to go with dinner.

We offer wine tastings, tours of local vineyards and fine dining experiences with perfect pairings, hosted by our wine specialists.

The Retreat is proud to be an Approved Programme Provider for the WSET Level 1 and 2 Award in Wines.

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Tasting Events

Wines of Antiquity

FRIDAY 27TH JANUARY, 6-7:30PM

A tasting journey from the origins of wine to the modern day.

Tasting Events

California Road Trip

FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY, 6-7:30PM

Hit the road with a wine trip along Route 101!

Tasting Events

THE ART OF FOOD & WINE PAIRING

FRIDAY 24TH MARCH, 6-7:30PM

Is food and wine pairing really a thing? Can it really make or break your dining experience?

Tasting Events

Private Wine Tastings

Our Head of Wine, Polly Gibson, will guide you through a decadent tasting of premium wines from our Lay & Wheeler Wine Cellar. 

Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

Our Lay & Wheeler wine cellar, located in The Courtyard, is open every day to hotels guests and locals.  Pop in for a browse and pick up something special to go with dinner!

Tours

Winding Wood Vineyard Tour

A private tour of our neighbouring Winding Wood Vineyard, with tasting and nibbles

 

Wine List

Wine List

Whether you're popping in for a few drinks with friends or joining us for dinner, our wine list has something for everyone and every occasion.

Wines of Antiquity

FRIDAY 27TH JANUARY, 6-7:30PM

A tasting journey from the origins of wine to the modern day.

Wine holds a truly fascinating place in our cultural history. Before even the Greeks and the Romans, the Georgians were making wine, over 8,000 years ago.

This evening gives a potted history of how wine evolved through the ages, from ancient grape varieties and vineyards dating back millennia, to their modern incarnations.

6-7.30pm

Tickets £10

Complimentary for members

Limited Places

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California Road Trip

FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY, 6-7:30PM

The Pacific Coast Highway runs 790 miles from San Diego to the Oregon border and happens to include some of the very best vineyard sites in all of the US.

Think sun-drenched reds noir from Paso Robles and steely cool whites from Sonoma, and that’s just California… We’ll taste the best of the wine en route, plus make a couple of worthwhile detours…

California sunshine in February, who could resist!

6-7.30pm

Tickets £10

Complimentary for members

Limited Places

 

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THE ART OF FOOD & WINE PAIRING

FRIDAY 24TH MARCH, 6-7:30PM

Is food and wine pairing really a thing? Can it really make or break your dining experience?

We’ll explore the principles behind pairing  - how to avoid clashes, and how to create successes - and at the same time, you’ll discover your own preferences for flavour combinations. We’ll have plenty of nibbles, and a diverse range of wines, giving great scope to experiment.

With an understanding of the science behind what’s on your plate and what’s in your glass, you will leave equipped to wine-pair with renewed confidence.

6-7.30pm

Tickets £15

Complimentary for members

Limited Places

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Private Wine Tastings

Our Head of Wine, Polly Gibson, will guide you through a decadent tasting of premium wines from our Lay & Wheeler Wine Cellar. One hour, four wines, and as much wine-speak as is called for!

Polly’s approach is enjoyment driven, with a smattering of interesting facts thrown in to deepen understanding along the way. Feel free to pick her brains or simply relax in the company of some of the world’s finest wines.

Prices start as below but please enquire for a bespoke package.

£200 for up to 12 people (Approximately £17 per person, at full capacity)

£350 for up to 24 people (Approximately £15 person, at full capacity)

We can also come to you! 

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Wine Cellar

Our Lay & Wheeler wine cellar, located in The Courtyard, is open every day to hotel guests and locals.  Pop in for a browse and pick up something special to go with dinner!

Winding Wood Vineyard Tour

Did you know that the award-winning ‘Winding Wood Vineyard’ is just on our doorstep?

Christopher Cooke farms his vineyards biodynamically and has picked up numerous awards at both local and national level for his range of sparkling wines

Contact us to arrange a private tour.

You will be hosted by Christopher, the owner and chief viticulturalist, providing a unique opportunity for a truly up-close-and-personal English Vineyard experience. And you’ll of course taste their award-winning wines in their beautiful Tasting Barn.

Parties up to 12 people £300; includes tour, tasing of three wines and nibbles.

The vineyard is a lovely 20-minute walk away, or please enquire for transport options.

For couples/smaller groups; please enquire if you would like to join a weekend group tour at Winding Wood. Tickets £25 pp which includes tour and tasting.

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Wine List

Whether you're popping in for a few drinks with friends or joining us for dinner, our wine list has something for everyone and every occasion.

Wine List >>

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