How to choose wines for your wedding

If the thought of choosing wine to suit all your wedding guests has you reaching for the bottle, don’t worry about it, advises Wivenhoe House’s resident wine expert, Lionel Lachasseigne.

Here he uncorks some sommelier secrets to guide you through the wonders of the wine world.

“It’s highly likely you will be choosing your wine in a completely different season from your actual wedding day. What you enjoy in January might not work in June. Think about your menu when making your selection, “ he said.

“Take advice from the venue’s wine experts, sometimes spending a pound or two more can be well worth it.”

“Your wedding day will probably be a long day so pace yourself, you will want to remember it. You could begin with a German wine, which is lower in alcohol. As a rule of thumb, the more sun for the grapes the more alcoholic the wine.”

If your budget stretches to it, Lionel recommends starting with Champagne but saving money by swapping to Prosecco for the toast, by which time some of the guests may have had their fill.

“We also now have this fantastic non-alcoholic Prosecco now, so people who are not drinking, can join in the toast, he said.


find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here into PARK ROAD
The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex, but PARK ROAD leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.