Winter Nails Competition

This November, we have a special beauty competition courtesy of specialist nail care company Mavala!

MavalaMavala is a world-renowned nail care specialist company founded in 1958 and based in Switzerland. As the world leader in nail care with a heritage spanning over 50 years the Vineyard Spa work alongside them to care for our clients’ nails. Winter is a good a time as any to care for your nails and make sure that they remain looking tip-top. So as a special Winter treat we have a November compeititon to win a win a fantastic Mavala nail care kit by answering the following question:

What can happen to our nails in Winter if they are not maintained?

a) they become dry
b) the become brittle
c) they can break
d) all three

Please enter the competition by 31st November 2015, by emailing and answering the question above. Don’t forget to quote ‘Spa’ in your email!


Terms and Conditions

No cash alternative given. If no correct answers are given we reserve the right to extend the competition. Prize available to be collected from The Vineyard Spa.

Christmas With Darphin

Skincare empire Darphin’s Christmas gift sets are exquisite. Famed for using the finest natural botantical ingredients sourced from the four corners of the globe, this understated yet avant-garde, nature-based shincare house is the ideal gift of luxury – and function.

The exquisite aromas of noble botanicals so key to Darphin is not just for sensory pleasure. For instance – the rose petals used in Darphin’s distillation process are picked just as they are unfolding in the early hours of dawn. And it takes thousands of rose blossoms to produce one single ounce of our precious essential oil.

What makes Darphin one of the leading skingcare specialist is that they begin with the finest ingredients with no compromise on quality or cost. And like the craftsman of fine wine, they craft formulas according to tradition and science – to release the ingredient’s potency then to preserve its integrity.

This Christmas, we are lucky enough to offer three of their giftsets, which, depending on skin type, are .

Firstly, SDarphintimulskin Plus Giftset contains a luxurious and total anti-aging skincare collection that targets all the parameters of aging skin to help skin recover a divine youthful appearance. Included is the Multi-corrective Divine Cream, and the 8 Flower Oil which is perfection for anti-aging, as well as a Divine Eye cream for that smart firm lift.Ideal Resource

The Essential Giftset is fantastic for those who want skin to reveal a fresh radiant glow: an anti-aging and radiance set. The skin texture is redefined and velvety, wrinkles and lines are smoothed and filled out, revealing day after day a youthful radiant skin. With this you receive a skin cream as well as Darphin’s newly improved Radiance boosting serum and Eye Illuminator.

ExquisageThe Exquisage Giftset is a beauty-revealing set: formulated especially for ladies who feel they’ve reached their best age yet whatever that may be. This contains a Beauty revealing cream, infusing a new life to skin, revealing and enlivened and exquisite complexion. With this, you receive the sublime Jasmine oil and beauty revealing serum.

Spotlight on Festival Exhibitors: Two Cocks Brewery

In just under a week we welcome our sixth annual Wine Festival. It is back with a diference. We have invited esteemed friends from the drinks trade, including our brewery partner, Two Cocks Brewery. Here, we learn a little more about them.


Phil and Michael started Two Cocks Brewery in 2011 and now produce award–winning ale in small batches using water drawn from the farm’s borehole.

Using this clear, fresh and sweet tasting water and some of the farm’s own hedgerow hops in every brew gives the beers a distinctive edge.

Hot on sustainability, the spent grain is used to feed the farm’s livestock and the spent hops are used to enrich the soil.

The Two Cocks name and hand-applied feather on every bottle label gives a nod to the brewery’s poultry farm roots and underlines the brewery’s desire to produce artisan beers with a known provenance. The beers have already won 17 major awards and gained a following of several Michelin-starred chefs.

The beers all have Civil War-inspired names in honour of the fact that the brewery is based on a Roundhead encampment of the 1643 battle of Newbury.

Icon Wine of the Week: Peter Michael Winery Pinot Noir

This week’s exceptional wine by the glass is our very own 2011 Peter Michael Winery, Clos du Ciel Pinot Noir. Recently award-winning, this is something we make ourselves and are very proud of. Our Sommelier team tell us more.

Peter Michael Winery

2010 showed to be an exceptional year for Sonoma’s Pinot Noir with both our Ma Danseuse and Clos du Ciel being awarded a prestigious 100 points by Robert Parker.

Sonoma, often said as being capable of competing with Burgundy’s finest, has proved to be producing some of the greatest California Pinot Noir. The wine Clos du Ciel is a tribute to this beautiful region and to the walled vineyards called “clos”.

This is no wallflower of a Pinot Noir: the soft palate offers a great panel of ripe dark cherry, dry flowers and slightly plummy with a hint of spices and a fantastic balance.

The power of this Pinot Noir will accompany our tender lamb course beautifully.

Icon Wine of the Week: 2004 Meursault

This month heralds our Wine Festival, and our Icon Wines this month are all diverse and superlative in their class. Cue 2004 Meursault: an undervalued gem.



We are now paying tribute to one of the most talented producers in Burgundy: Anne Claude Leflaive. Domaine Leflaive was established in 1717 and is nowadays regarded as one of the finest estates in Burgundy.

This wine is a 2004 Premier Cru from a four-acre vineyard. 2004 is quite underrated but is actually a fantastic vintage for white wines, maybe even better than 2005!

With 12 months in barrel and a further six months in stainless steel, the wine has a creamy texture and develops notes of hazelnuts and roasted almonds as well as some baked apple and stone fruit notes. The rich palate is balanced by a chalky minerality giving a great freshness to the wine.

It is a great pairing to cod.

Icon Wine of the Week: 1999 Jasper Hill from Australia

Further afield this week to Australia, we visit Heathcote in Central Victoria to sample the 1999 Jasper Hill Shiraz Cabernet Franc blend.  Made by Emily’s Paddock, this is a delightfully hearty red with a lot to give. Our Sommelier team tell us more.



Heathcote is a lesser known area of Victoria, Australia. Nevertheless, some of the wines show a fantastic quality and potential.


This weekend’s Icon Wine is one of them.


Jasper Hill was bought in 1975 by Ron and Elva Laughton and produced their 1st vintage under the Jasper Hill in 1982. They are renowned to be one of the pioneers in this region.


The wine has a great complexity with tones of Maraschino cherry, plums and prunes as well as some sweet spices with a round and velvety palate.


Fantastic with our Beef dish or as an after dinner glass of wine.


Icon Wine of the Week:2004 Clos St Denis, Burgundy

Continuing our Burgundy theme this month, and a massive match for seasonal fare including game and earthy autumn vegetables, the 2004 vintage of  Clos St Denis Grand Cru made by Pascal Lachaux in Burgundy is one not to miss.


This weekend, I wanted to show one of the finest Burgundy wines I have ever tasted.


Pascal Lachaux produces exemplary wines at Domaine Robert Arnoux where he continues to take the domaine from strength to strength.


He has extended his range by buying small quantities of grapes to make wines under a négociant licence. The wines are splendid; authentic and individual and all in limited supply.


2004 might not be regarded as Burgundy’s best vintage but this wine is just fantastic and drinking amazingly well now!


The wine develops aromas of ripe Bigarreau cherry, cranberry and freshly crushed strawberry. This beautiful wine also offers notes of sweet spices like chocolate and licorice, hint of black pepper and a touch of caramel.


The palate is ripe, perfumed and delicate with a great concentration, a silky texture and a long and soft finish.
I would suggest this unique wine with our delicious Duck course.

Thirty Five Days To Go!

Having recently won 2015 European Hotel Wine List of the Year, and been voted a top ten foodie hotel in The Sunday Times 100 Ultimate British Hotels 2015, The Vineyard hosts its annual wine festival on November 20th and 21st. With thirty five days to go, here’s a little more…


The Saturday tasting showcases over 150 wines –including many sparkling – from suppliers around the globe including Schramsberg, Taittinger, Gusbourne, Peter Michael Winery, Rudd Estate and more. Guests can deepen their wine knowledge, chat with suppliers and winemakers, and attend masterclasses throughout the event.

Other highlights on the day of the tasting will be:

English sparkling wine – California is our heartland and England is our home. You will get to try products from the rise of English sparkling wine for yourself

Ageworthy wines – There will be a comparative tasting between two Californian vintages, ten years apart, to demonstrate the ageability of wine

Coravin – A revolutionary way of wine storage that will change the way you drink

Artisan spirits – Sample delicious alternative spirits and liqueurs that make great stocking fillers too

Artisan beers – The rise of artisan English beer continues and you will be able to try some of the best here

The Wine Festival Weekend begins with a fantastic five-course dinner on the Friday night matched with two superb wines per course, hosted by the great and the good of the wine world. The bottles are selected from producers present at the dinner.

The following day pays host to The Vineyard’s sixth annual wine festival with over 150 wines available to taste from suppliers around the globe. Have fun and deepen your wine knowledge, chat with suppliers and winemakers, and attend masterclasses throughout the event. With bottles uncorked from Peter Michael Winery, Schramsberg, Rudd Estate, Champagne Taittinger, Gusbourne, Les Caves de Pyrene and more, it is sure to be a remarkable and palate-teasing day.

Icon wine of the week: 2007 Californian Chardonnay

And now from some Californian sunshine, specifically in the form of 2007 Flowers Chardonnay made by Camp Meeting Ridge on the Sonoma Coast in California. Our Sommelier team tells us more about this little known but much acclaimed producer and grape.

This weekend we will be showcasing one of California’s most acclaimed Chardonnays!
To me, Flowers produces some of California’s best Chardonnay. The Camp Meeting Ridge vineyard was planted in 1991 and is considered by the estate itself as producing the most exciting and interesting Chardonnay.

The wine undergoes fermentation and ageing in French oak barrel of which only 35% new to retain a certain freshness and minerality.

2007 is often regarded as one of California’s best vintage and this wine is a great example.

The nose offers complex aromas of fresh hazelnut and almond, ripe yellow peach, pear, as well as confit lemon peel

The palate is rich, creamy with some toasty notes, sweet spices like vanilla and cinnamon. It is long and amazingly well balanced

I would suggest this excellent Chardonnay with our Halibut dish.

Mavala Competition For Beautiful Nails

This month, we have a great competition for you to win a gorgeous Mavala nail set. Care and attention given to nails literally polishes off your look. Here, Swiss specialists Mavala tells us how – and we tell you how to enter our competition!


Long or short, nails should be impeccable; they are the final point of your beauty and their look reflects your personality. Fingernails, like any other part of the body, require regular care if they are to look their best. Since hands are among a woman’s most expressive features, nail-grooming should be an important part of every beauty programme. Once Mavala’s manicure steps become routine, you will be pleased to see how little time it takes.

A basic nail care and beauty routine to help you obtain positive results in the shortest possible time and a complete manicure should ideally be done once a week . For those with ‘problem’ nails – nails that split, flake or break – using these products will produce the beautiful nails you have always wanted.

Please enter the competition by 31st October 2015, by emailing and answering the question ‘Which country is Mavala from?’. Don’t forget to quote Spa in your email!