Bothy Vineyard Oxfordshire

Richard & Sian Liwicki
The Bothy Vineyard
Frilford Heath
OX13 6QW
01865 390067
Bothy website

    Wines produced
  • White wines
  • Ortega
  • Optima
  • Huxelrebe
  • Perle
  • Albalonga
  • Findling


  • Shop (weekends)

    Wine Maker Richard Liwicki
  • Bothy Vineyard, established twenty-nine years ago by Roger and Dorothea Fisher, continues an ancient tradition of wine making in the Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire, dating back at least to medieval times. The excellent microclimate, warm sandy soils, long ripening season and mature vines help produce wines of consistent depth and high quality which have won many awards.

    In 1978 six grape varieties were planted at the vineyard, on three acres of land. As is usual in English vineyards these were all German crosses which performed well in the English climate. These are vinified and blended to produce a variety of dry and off-dry white wines in our own winery to produce a distinctly English style. There is more information on our website on our grapes and our wines.
    Today five acres are under cultivation as the new owners, Sian and Richard Liwicki, have begun to expand the vineyard. "We have introduced new grape varieties which will enable a wider range of styles to be produced while maintaining the same exacting quality. Our philosophy is to produce the highest quality wines from grapes cultivated in as environmentally friendly way as possible.

    Due to buoyant sales and the failure of the 2005 crop resulting from a severe late frost, we regret to announce that there will be NO 2005 VINTAGE for sale in 2006. We hope that the harvest will be back to normal in the autumn of 2006 and the new vintage will come on line in the Spring of 2007.

    (Our shop which is normally open between St George's Day and Christmas: Saturdays 10 am - 5 pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11 am - 4 pm, is now CLOSED until Spring of 2007. For more information, contact us on 10865 390067 or e-mail

    We ARE still running TOURS WITH TASTINGS which can be arranged for groups of 12 or more, at 6 per head. We also give talks at your venue. To discuss details please ring 01865 390067.

    How to Find Us

    Bothy Vineyard is in Central Oxfordshire, in a little hamlet named Frilford Heath which is situated just three miles to the west of Abingdon, or roughly seven miles south west of Oxford. Once you have found Frilford Heath, the entrance to Bothy Vineyard is on the North side of Faringdon Road, between the Dog House Hotel and Oakley Park.

    Thames region