Food & Drink

Why Try a Wine Tasting in the Cotswolds?

If you’re a wine enthusiast, surely you know Britain produces some of the most exquisite wines, with names like Nyetimber, Gusbourne, Camel Valley, or even Chapel Down?

The good news is that you can even try some of the most sought-after English wines in our new small group experience, which will take you to the Cotswolds and Waddesdon Manor. This is a great way to see an outstanding area of beauty and treat your palate to elegant wines.

From the medieval streets of Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford to the grandeur of Waddesdon Manor, here is why you should try a wine tasting in the Cotswolds.

Discover Stow-on-the-Wold, a medieval treasure

First, we’ll take you to Stow-on-the-Wold, an utterly charming town steeped in medieval history and the highest of the Cotswold towns. Known for its impressive Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold is the perfect postcard: honey stones, quaint cottages, cosy cafes, and antique centres you’ll love peeking at.

Exploring the town’s narrow streets will give you a sense of its rich past, from its location on the Roman Fosse Way to its role in the English Civil War, with battle scars still visible today.

Walk a few steps from the centre to see St Edward’s Church and admire its iconic ‘Tolkienesque’ North Door, which is said to have inspired the ‘Doors of Durin’ in “The Lord of the Rings“.

Explore Burford, an English Gem

After Stow-on-the-Wold, discover Burford, another picturesque village lost in the lush rolling hills of the Cotswolds. Burford is an unforgettable escape into the heart of rural England: stroll along the medieval high street, where traditional shops, cute tea shops and pubs invite visitors to indulge in local delights.

St. John the Baptist Church is one not to miss, where your expert guide will take you and show you the surroundings. See panoramic views of the countryside from the iconic Tolsey clock, making a true photographer’s spot, perfect for capturing the essence of the Cotswolds.

Experience wine excellence at Waddesdon Manor

The highlight of your trip is surely Waddesdon Manor, a masterpiece built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 19th century. Originally designed to showcase an extensive collection of arts and host extravagant soirées, today, Waddesdon Manor stands out with its aristocratic grandeur, all managed by the Rothschild Foundation.

Your guide will take you into the manor’s impressive cellars with over 15,000 Rothschild wines. Led by expert sommeliers, taste six exquisite wines carefully crafted by the illustrious Rothschild family in a unique wine-tasting experience.

The Rothschild Foundation proudly curates over 100 wines from six continents, including rare vintage 1868. Don’t miss Waddesdon Manor’s lavish gardens and tempting souvenir shop – you may want to bring the Rothschild wine tradition home.

But the Cotswolds and Rothschild Wine Tasting Experience is more than just a wine tour. It is your next journey through centuries of history and legend in one of England’s most picturesque regions.