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:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again 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 the glorious house from the road.

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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.