The Vineyard Hotel in Berkshire is an oenophile's dream destination, home to over 30,000 bottles of wine. But the hotel is also home to an impressive collection of art including over 1000 pieces from Sir Peter Michael's personal collection. Combining fine wine and a distinguished collection of art further adds to the luxury feel and overall guest experience at the UK's wine hotel in the heart of Berkshire.
The Vineyard Hotel is home to 49 suites & bedrooms, an award winning restaurant and bar and a 5 Bubble Luxury rated Spa from the Good Spa Guide which includes an indoor pool.
As guests arrive at The Vineyard Hotel, they are greeted with a huge canvas ('After the Upset') of the legendary 1976 Judgement of Paris wine tasting dinner commissioned by Sir Peter Michael (owner of the hotel) in honour of the event.
This is one of the greatest pieces on display and is a commission by artist Gary Myatt. This is the beginning of the art and wine journey at this unique hotel. Despite not attending the event himself, Sir Peter was immortalised in the iconic painting and can be seen bearing witness to the start of the new era of appreciation for Californian wine that would eventually lead him to create the Peter Michel Winery in California and The Vineyard Hotel.
The Spine, by Diane Maclean, which stands elegantly capturing the changing light of day near the entrance to The Vineyard, is a welcoming sign of things to come. Inside, the walls are home to works by artists such as Henri Martin, Ronald Searle, Boris Smirnoff and Doris Zinkeisen.
In the restaurant, Bucolique by Henri Martin is one of a series of six noble paintings by the artist depicting rural life at a vineyard.
There is a large collection of work at the hotel by Boris Smirnoff. His paintings of nudes are most frequently found in the most intimate spaces of the hotel, within the suites. Some of his portraits of famous people can be found within the public areas of the hotel.
The Judgement of Paris (or the Paris Wine Tasting of May 24 1976) is seen as one of the most pivotal moments in wine history. A blind wine tasting of French and Californian wines, nearly forty years ago, that forever changed the future of winemaking when unknown Californian wines were chosen over some of France's finest by some of France’s top wine aficionados. Organised by British wine merchant Steven Spurrier, excellent Californian Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons were tasted alongside white Burgundies and Bordeaux reds. For Californian winemakers—and for winemakers around the world—the event transformed the industry.
Here, in an atmosphere devoted to gastronomy, guests may recreate their very own blind tasting with wines matched to each of seven courses prepared by British chef Robby Jenks. Traditionally a French and Californian glass are served with each course and the diner decides which they prefer. Each Judgement of Paris dinner also includes two blind taste tests to decide where the wine originates from; France or California. At the end of the dinner, guests raise a glass to California or to France. Which country gets your vote?
The Vineyard Hotel is home to six sommeliers from around the world. The team of sommeliers is lead by Romain Bourger who has won many awards including Young Sommelier of the Year and Moet UK Sommelier Of The Year, Regional Competition. All guests interact with a sommelier during their dining experiences at the UK's wine hotel.
Art enhances any guest experience at a luxury hotel. The Michael Collection is as eclectic as The Vineyard's wine cellar. Something for everyone and never disappointing!
Eat. Sleep. And drink wine.
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU 01635 897589
Accommodation and breakfast is priced from £255 based on two guests.