Alan McKechnie, a Gloucestershire wine merchant and fruit farmer, started harvesting grapes in 1973, until Alan sold the farm in 1984. John Oldacre bought the vineyard and christened it Three Choirs, after the choral festival held between the three local Cathedral towns of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester. He saw the potential of the site, nestled in the Forest of Dean, and invested heavily, adding a state of the art winery, as well as a visitor centre and restaurant.
The Three Choirs vineyards today span thirty hectares, and the Estate is one of the largest in England. A range of grape varieties are planted, combining traditional cool-climate grapes such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with modern crossings or hybrids, such as Bacchus, Regent and Rondo. These 'modern' varieties have been developed specifically for cool-climate terroir, and allow, amongst other things, the production of red wine in England. The Three Choirs Estate produces both still and sparkling wines.
Featured on The Oxford Wine Company list are two still wines from Three Choir and the Three Choirs Cellar Door Release Late Harvest. The Cellar Door range of wines represents the best that is produced from each vintage, and are made in very small quantities. The Late Harvest is a sweet wine, with notes of rich honey and a lovely fresh fruit character. Served chilled with dessert, this wine is an unusual treat!
The Coleridge Hill white is a blend of modern grape varieties: Phoenix, Madeline Angevine, Reichensteiner, Orion and Solaris. The wine is made in a crisp and refreshing style, with notes of apple, elderflower and freshly cut grass. The Raven's Hill red Raven's Hill red is, like its white counterpart, a blend of modern varieties: Regent, Rondo and Pinot Precose. It shows notes of blackberry and dark cherry, with touches of vanilla from time spent in American Oak barrels.