Customer Testimonials and what the Reviewers are Saying


Hi Richard

Drank 2 of my 12 bottles of Oxford Dry 2013 last weekend. Awesome ! Taking another to Lords on Saturday - the ultimate English day out !

P Storrie, 15 May 2014

Last night we greatly enjoyed the '02 Renaissance which took a few minutes to develop its fruit aromas. It was bright, perfectly clear with zero sediment or tartrate crystals and crisp acidity. It went amazingly well with our jamÚn serrano. Serendipity in spades as it's not a combination I've ever tried before.

Nick Spalding, Jan 2014

Richard and Sian
Just to say that we have had enormous pleasure from your Oxford Dry wine this time.  It is excellent.

The Moars, Oxford, October 2012.

I just had to email to say how much I am enjoying your Renaissance 2010 wine, which has "evaporated" really fast! I doubt very much that you have any stocks left, if you do have some, let me know and I will dash over and buy more. Am looking forward to 2011 to compare.

Rosemary C, June 2012

Having had a tour of the vineyard today and met both Sian and Richard, I am truly inspired. Both their enthusiasm for what they do and the beautiful wine they are creating prove that England (and Oxfordshire) has a lot to offer from a wine perspective. I write this as I enjoy a lovely glass of 2010 Renaissance I purchased today. I strongly recommend people get along to tomorrows tour and see it/taste it for yourself!

James Scott, on Bothy Facebook after tour on 9 June 2012

We had the Oxford White and the red Cote Bothy for the Gala dinner of the Linacre Lectures 2012. The lecture series was devoted to environmental resilience and the Gala meal had only locally supplied ingredients - including the wine. Your wines were absolutely wonderful and complemented the fine cuisine. Everyone, including the Principal in his speech, appreciated the wines tremendously, highlighting their surprise that the wines were English and so delicious. Thank you very much for this wonderful addition to our special dinner last term. 

We will continue to appreciate your wines and look forward to the new vintage!

 Dr Didi Spencer, Wine Steward, Linacre College (University of Oxford) and Robert Spencer, Associate Director, URS 

"The first course was English asparagus Ė a creamy soup, a pair of spears with a fine smoked ham and a salad. Accompanying was Richard and Sian Liwickiís excellent Oxford Dry. 2011 was a tricky year across the South East but Bothy escaped relatively lightly and a glorious Indian summer more than made up for a poor fruit set and a Ďwrite-offí summer. The result was a superb crop of ripe and disease free grapes (Huxelrebe, Solaris, Findling and Perle). Many of the members present had worked in the vineyard over the year and Richard Ė the man with a wine-making Ďhobby gone madí and a day job to hold down Ė thanked them and others for all their efforts. The reward for the Bothy was this rich and complex wine. In the glass it has palest lemon hue shading to true water white at the rim with a subtle greengage, lime and lime leaf fragrance and a surprisingly rich and powerful mouthfeel Ė aided by 13% alcohol, the highest ever recorded for the Oxford Dry. Not surprisingly, itís much sought after by restaurateurs who find it tough to match asparagus with most wines. The Bothy Shop opens on Friday 27 April and itís well worth getting down there to buy some of this wine at a remarkable price of £8.50 a bottle".

Graham Harding, excerpt from the "Oxford Wine Club at St George's Day Dinner and Tasting 2012"


  "We were  very impressed with your Oxford dry and its delicate sauvignon like nose. We had some of your 2007 Oxford dry later in the week which was still delicate yet lively and much enjoyed".

John, May 2012  



Just to say thanks for a brilliant tour on Saturday. Without exception all persons commented on how interesting both the tour around the vineyard and the wine tasting was and really enjoyed your practical and hands on explanation of all you did. All really liked the wines and I hope the sales at the shop showed this?


A few members wondered when you found time to sleep!!!


Regards and many thanks


Mike (Morgan Car Club)

Dear Richard and Sian, 

Apologies for not writing sooner, as you say I was on my knees after the wedding which was nothing short of a triumph and your wine was very much appreciated - lots of people commented on how much they enjoyed it.  I will be more than happy to write a testimonial on the website and I can't thank you enough for all your help in storing the wine, making it such a pleasure to sample and choose the wine.  Luckily we brought a few bottle home so we can continue to enjoy it!

Best wishes, Jane (Oxford)

You really did give the Berkshire Wine and Food Society a super day.   The best guided vineyard tour Iíve ever had and, as you can imagine, Iíve been on quite a few.  Iíve never  heard so clear an exposition of the merits and demerits of the different styles of pruning, for instance.  You certainly have to have the courage of your convictions as a vigneron;  you canít change your mind after youíve set up a system, but at least at the Bothy you have both high and low pruned vines so you can see which get the most frost damage.

 But thank you again for that most enjoyable day.  It is such a pleasure to see the Bothy in such good hands.

Debora Jeffs, Berkshire Wine and Food Society

Just a quick note to say thank you so much for making us so welcome and sharing the secrets of wine making with us yesterday evening. Every one enjoyed it so much, ever the non drinkers amongst us! Afterwards in the pub, they were all chattering away about the vineyard and the merits of different wines. Several ladies remarked on what a good team you made - We wish you the best of luck, with the weather and your next harvest.

Liz Edwards, Otmoor WI

"We want to say a huge thank you for the superb tour and talk that you gave us last evening. We found it so informative and interesting. It's clear that you are dedicated and enthusiastic in your quest to produce high quality English wines. I can still smell and taste them!! You made the whole wine-making process easy to understand for a lay person like me without being in the least condescending. We certainly look forward to heaing about the harvest this year and to buyng some wines in 2010. Our very best wishes."

Ann and Brian Ellis, Fairford Wine Circle

"I was so saddened to hear that this will be no Oxford Dry this year. What a shame! I was so looking forward to buying half a case to put away for Christmas. I regard it as the best english wine I have ever tasted. So good luck with this year's harvest for a new "batch" of Oxford Dry and I shall be there in the long queue to buy this most delicious wine."

Sally Francis

Just to thank you and your husband for making our visit to your vineyard so interesting and entertaining.  Everyone thoruohgly enjoyed themselves and many are planning to look you up next May since we all found your wines delightful - such bouquets and excellence on the palate.
With best wishes and hoping the weather is kind to you.

Bridget HILL, Thame Wine Circle


I wish to congratulate you and your family on the Oxford Fumť 2009. We had a bottle with a prawns in cream dish and it went superbly. We loved the bouquet, flavour and balance. In spite of your using new oak, the oaking was quite subtle. It is pity that you made so few bottles.

Well done.

Best wishes, Bernard Lamb