- Public Transport within 5 miles
- Harvest Days
- Eco Initiatives
Following a tour of the vineyards and winery, visits finish with light bites and a tutored wine tasting in the shop/tasting room.
Size: 12-30; available by arrangement April-Sept. To discuss details please ring.
No minimum age, but under-18s not allowed to taste
Bothy Vineyard products
Train: Oxford, 7 miles; Abingdon, 3 miles.
Bus: X30 & 66 from Oxford pass quite near, "but it is a fair trek from the 66 drop-off point"
Bothy Vineyard Shop
… until the wine runs out – generally Oct or Nov – or when harvest is taking place.
From mid-Sept, please call beforehand to confirm.
First Sunday of the month: 11am-4pm
Can be arranged all year, apart from October.
Children 5-11: free
Get in Touch
Tel: 01865 390067
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A boutique vineyard in the truest sense of the word, visit Bothy Vineyard if you would like to see artisan winemaking done in a highly sustainable manner. Located in the scenic Vale of the White Horse, some seven miles south-west of Oxford, the vineyard was originally planted by the pioneering Roger and Dorothea Fisher in the late 1970s. Sian and Richard Liwicki took over in 2002, having previously been volunteers at harvest time.
With just five acres and a small but well-equipped winery, a visit gives a chance to speak to the Liwickis about their many environmental initiatives.
2011 sees the release of a few extra wines to the fold – an aromatic Bacchus, the lightly oaked Oxford Fumé, made with Ortega and a new rosé, Oxford Pink – plus the reappearance of Bothy's sparkling Halcyon Day.
Over to Sian:
"Visit us to experience the freshness and character of English wine at its best."
- All energy comes from renewable sources, including Bothy's own solar panels
- Native sweet chestnut posts are used for the trellising
- Biodiversity is encouraged by using eco-friendly methods to keep weeds, bugs and other diseases at bay; extra trees have been planted
- 98% of the winery waste is composted on site.
- Lighter bottles with 60% recycled glass content from a UK factory (less road miles) are used
- 80% of sales are direct to the public, with the remainder being to local outlets, to minimise any transport impact.
- For more on this, see the Sustainability page on their website.
- Renaissance 2009, Oxford Dry 2009 & Oxford Fumé 2009, all white – Bronze, 2010 English & Welsh Wine Awards
- The Paradox 2007 – Berwick Trophy for best unchaptalised wine, 2008
- English Wine Week – end of May
- Harvest – Locals and other friends of the winery are invited to help out with the harvest
- Oxford Fumé 2009 – inaugural vintage for the Liwicki’s new Bacchus grapes, given a gentle lick of Burgundian oak.
Bothy Vineyard supports a number of local charities
UK Vineyards Association, BBO Food Group