Waitrose adds five new wines for English Wine Week

Waitrose is celebrating English Wine Week (EWW) at the end of the month (June 20 to 28) by launching five new and exclusive wines, including its first wines from the Oxney Organic Estate in Sussex.

The retailer said sales of English and Welsh wine at Waitrose are up 40% year-on-year, with sales of local and regional wines soaring, as shoppers look to support small scale wine producers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With a range of over 110 English and Welsh wines - the biggest in the UK - Waitrose continues to showcase and champion the industry by introducing five new wines which have previously not been available at a national retailer.

The Oxney Organic Estate Pinot Rosé and Brut Rosé NV will extend the supermarket’s already large organic wine range, and wines from Rathfinny and Beacon Down are both excellent additions from Sussex-based producers.

Marien Rodriguez, Waitrose English & Welsh wine buyer says: “We are very passionate about supporting and showcasing small, often family-run wineries who sell their products via their local Waitrose shops. The care and patience of the winemakers when producing these small batches results in excellent quality, special wines.

“I am extremely proud to launch two English organic wines from Oxney Estate, a Pinot Rosé and a Rosé Brut NV. This is an important milestone for the industry and a remarkable achievement for the growers, given the challenges of a cool and wet climate.

“Additionally, our new wines from Rathfinny and Beacon Down are important additions to an already versatile and exciting range of English & Welsh wines.”

Julia Trustram-Eve from Wines of Great Britain, who organise English Wine Week, said: “Waitrose is a true champion of English and Welsh wines, bringing producers from around Great Britain to their customers. In this English Wine Week, we’re putting a spotlight on all the fantastic wines produced on our doorstep and encouraging everyone to explore and discover them too!”

As part of its online series ‘Your Partners Through It All’ Waitrose is hosting a free online tasting on Friday June 26 at 5pm, to celebrate English Wine Week.

Matt Dicks, a WSET qualified educator who usually hosts Wine Tasting at Home evenings, will talk through the history of English wine and taste two wines during the session: the Leckford Brut and the Waitrose Blueprint English Dry White.

Customers can register for a free ticket via the Waitrose website from Monday June 22.

New English wines at Waitrose:
Oxney Organic Estate Pinot Rosé 2018 (£16.99), available in 25 shops and Waitrose Cellar.

Tasting notes: A dry, pale, and delicate Rosé made from Pinot Noir. Bright and fruity, with notes of strawberries and raspberries.

Oxney Organic Estate Brut Rosé NV (£25.99), available in 24 shops and Waitrose Cellar.
Tasting notes: A fresh and approachable style of English sparkling wine with notes of fresh apple, pear and toast.

Beacon Down Blanc de Noirs 2017 (£28.99), available in 23 shops and Waitrose Cellar.
Tasting notes: The Blanc de Noirs 2017 is well-balanced, complex and fruit driven. Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes and produced with the traditional method. The wines are produced working closely with the leading winemaker at Ridgeview.

Rathfinny Cradle Valley Pinot Blanc / Pinot Gris 2018 (£19.99), available in 24 branches and Waitrose Cellar.
Tasting notes: Light, crisp and refreshing white made of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris from the 2018 vintage

Rathfinny Cradle Valley Pinot Noir 2018 (£22.99), available in 25 branches and Waitrose Cellar.
Tasting notes: Notes of raspberry, red cherry and wild strawberries. This Pinot Noir has silky tannins and a light peppery palate with layers of red fruits.