Our Wine List

Mixing the Usual with the Unusual!

It’s great to have won two great awards at the Condé Nast/ Taittinger awards for our wine list at Donnington; ‘overall winner’ and best ‘wines by the glass’. Here’s a bit more about our wine list to help you get the most out of our list!

I’ve divided the wine list into easy to understand sections so that you can make your ideal choice. For the whites, we have sections such as “crisp & dry” and “fragrant”. And for the reds, “light & fruity” and “big & bold”.

Alongside these, there are a few more where we take a more detailed look at some of the wines. For example, “selected winery” & “wines that give back”.

The wines we have on the list range from the more obscure such as wines from India, England and Greece to the classics of Bordeaux. Included in those, are wines from our owner’s winery, Peter Michael Winery in California.

See our wine list in full

Watch this space for our wines by the glass promotion coming soon.

My Top 5 Autumnal Wines by the Glass

Great Whites

1) 2012 Danebury Vineyards, Reserve, Hampshire, England

This wine is blend of all the grape varieties Danebury grow; Schönburger, Madelenie Angevine and Auxerrois Blanc. The resulting wine is dry and complex with good minerality with delicate floral and tropical fruit flavours combining to produce a well rounded wine. Please try this wine as I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I know I was!

Food match: great with fish
£8.25 (175ml glass)

2) 2011 Gaía Wines, Wild Ferment Assyrtiko

This wine has slight citrus aromas well combined with elegant oak notes, a rich mouth feel, crispy acidity, intense mineral flavours and a long finish.

Food match: great with goats cheese and strong flavoured food
£9.40 (175ml glass)

3) 2010, Urlar, Pinot Gris, Gladstone, New Zealand

A dry wine with aromas of sweet pear, honeysuckle and gladstone stone fruit overlaying a generous mouth feel of great weight and depth. Creamy texture on palate provides the backbone to a long lingering finish.

Food match: a light wine great with oriental food and raw fish
£9.20 (175m glass)

Big Reds

1) 2010, Sevilen, Kalecik Karasi,Güney, Denizli, Turkey

A great wine with intense firm tannins, rich spicy fruit, strawberries and red currants, concluding in a long lingering finish.

Food match: a wine that is a perfect match for an autumn lamb dish
£6.60 (175ml glass)

2) 2009, Château Ksara, Reserve du Couvent, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

A great blend of three different grape varieties; Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. A wine with complex aromas of cloves, vanilla and mulberry. On the palate it shows an abundance of blueberry fruit with supple tannins giving it a good length.

Food match: fantastic with steak and rich meats
£6.40 (175ml glass)

Chris Neeves
Head Sommelier
Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa