Family run Purton hotel offers guests tipple from own vineyard

Guests at Wiltshire’s leading family run hotel The Pear Tree can enjoy a glass of wine from its own vineyard to toast a happy Christmas.

The new wine, called Rosie, after Alix Young’s god daughter Rosie

For several years, Anne Young who owns the Purton-located 17-bedroom hotel and fine food restaurant, has tended a vineyard in the grounds.

Two good harvests in the last couple of years has meant, for the first time, their own brands – Cuvee Anne (white sparkling) and Cuvee Alix (white) have been made completely from their own grapes. The team took delivery of 500 bottles sold exclusively to guests enjoying the fine dining.

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Also being launched this month is Cuvee Rosie – a rose named after Alix Young’s god daughter Rosie Ockwell. Rosie lives in Purton and her mum Katie is Alix’s best friend.

Alix said: “We’re thrilled with how the grapes have yielded such a large amount of wine to strengthen our own brand. Looking after the vineyard – of about 600 vines – is a big task so we’re thrilled with the outcome.”

This year’s harvest has just taken place with more than 20 people from Purton turning out in the rain to pick the grapes. They’ve now been sent off to provide wine for next year’s hotel and restaurant guests.

The Pear Tree is one of the county’s most respected family run hotels. It opened in 1987 and is now managed by the second generation of the Young family – Alix Young and her husband Tim.

Anne Young who originally opened the hotel, is still involved in the day-to-day management. This year, the hotel won the Cesar Award for Country Hotel of the Year by the Good Hotel Guide.

The Pear Tree’s own wines are offered with meals.

Visit The Pear Tree’s website here for more information.