- Wheelchair Access
- Child Friendly
- Dog Friendly
- Public Transport within 5 miles
- Harvest Days
- Eco Initiatives
Either take the free, self-guided tour option, taking in the vineyard, the lake and a nature walk to the Thames, or for a guided tour, join the 3pm tour on the last Sunday of the month, May–September
For 10-65 people, £7.50 per head
Winery, shop, toilet & around vineyard if the grass is firm.
Train: Didcot, 8 miles
Bus: Wallingford, 1 mile
Shop & Tastings/Tours
Last Sunday of the month, 3pm tour & tasting: £5
Tours & tasting: £7.50
As well as the winery shop, open Fri-Sun, Brightwell wine is available in many local shops, 20 local Waitrose stores, Waitrose Wine Direct, and a variety of other outlets and restaurants. See web for stockists by county.
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Nowhere is location for grape growing more important than in marginal climates, and England certainly qualifies as that, even with a dose of global warming. So, the fact that Brightwell Vineyard happens to be located in the Upper Thames Bowl, with the River Thames to its north, and various hill surrounding it to the south all adds up to Good News. These factors puts the vineyard, just eight miles from Oxford, in one of the driest spots in the UK.
Couple this with the determination of Bob and Carol Nielsen, and it’s no wonder this small vineyard is making some popular wines.
First planted in the late 1980s and originally part of a wine cooperative, Bob and Carol took over from her father, Denys Randulph, in the late 1990s, and have been selling a range of wines since 2002. They make the most of the fact that their 14-acre vineyard is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by signposting walks to the river and encouraging parents to bring their children to say hello to the farm animals – pigs, ponies and dogs. Speaking of canines, visitors are welcome to bring their dogs on a lead.
The largest vineyard in Oxfordshire, Brightwell’s wines are made at nearby Stanlake Park. About half its output is still white, with the remainder split between a rosé, light red and bottle fermented sparkling white.
- Oxfordshire Artweeks – May, meet artists, talk about their work and watch demonstrations. Find out more here.
- English Wine Week 2011 – Sat 28 May to Sun 5 June, with free vineyard tours on Sun 29 May & Sun 5 June.
- Harvest – October, picking takes place over four weeks on fine days, and volunteers of all ages are welcome
- Crispin 2008 white – Bronze, Decanter World of Wine Awards, 2010
- Bacchus & Oxford Flint 2009 – Bronze, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010
- Solar power & Water recycling
- Waste recycling – grape skins and must goes to feed animals
Brightwell Vineyard supports Cancer Research, the RAF Benevolent Fund, and the Royal British Legion
English Wine Producers, UK and Thames & Chilterns Vineyard Association, BBO Food Group, Institute of Directors, National Farmers Union