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Showstopping Wine
Storage Solutions

As our long-standing love affair with fine wines continues in Essex, county residents are increasingly looking for innovative ways to store their premium wine collections in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Brits have long shaken off their reputation as lager drinkers, and now prefer to consider themselves as wine lovers; anyone who is worth their grapes should be well aware of the huge investment potential in fine wine!

Whatever the reason, the passion for indulging in fine wine has continued to grow in the UK, so too does the desire to ensure that this is stored perfectly, accessibly and, of course, stylishly in the home. From premium wine fridges and extravagant cellars, to beautifully hand-crafted wine rooms, wine walls and wine wardrobes, the competition for the perfect storage space is high. Obtaining the perfect, temperature-controlled environment to house your wine collection is a serious business, with customers willing to spend considerable sums to ensure the perfect climate to keep it in optimum condition.

That's where Spiral Cellars come in. Providing a range of innovative and super stylish solutions and transforming a storage issue into a must-have feature, Spiral Cellars are passionate about creating unique, handmade cellaring solutions to meet individual client’s needs. With over 35 years of knowledge and expertise in creating premium wine rooms and wine cellars, the London based team are highly skilled craftsmen and are one of the market leaders in the field. 

Spiral Cellars

Depending on capacity, personal taste, style, space and budget,
Spiral Cellars can provide tailored cellaring solutions. With more than 3,000 wine cellars and wine rooms installed and enjoyed in homes around the UK and numerous others throughout the world, they have exceptional experts in optimizing wine storage.

Working with local artisans and small engineering companies to provide a beautiful, high quality finish and a show-stopping feature. Form an orderly queue folks!

Showrooms:

Nicholas Anthony, 121 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AT. Tel: 01223 368828

Kitchen Architecture, 145 – 149 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1EZ, Tel: 0208 785 1960.

To find out more visit their website or contact on 0845 241 2768.

Croatia’s first underwater wine cellar

Fancy a glass of red from the bottom of the ocean? This underwater wine cellar in Croatia needs to be on your bucket list So we all know that feeling when Friday night comes round and we’re dying for a glass of wine. But how about diving for your wine? You up for it? We thought so. Croatia’s first-ever underwater wine cellar, Edivo Vina, is taking provenance to a whole new level. Located just an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik on the Pelješac Peninsula, Edivo Vina is now organising diving trips to its underwater cellar. With experienced divers, you’ll dive down to the sunken boat in the Bay of Mali Ston where the Navis Mysterium bottles of wine are kept. From the beautiful sea life, to the adventure of diving for your bottle of wine, this truly is an unforgettable experience. So how does it all work? Firstly, the wine is aged above ground for three months, then put into amphora (tall clay jugs). These jugs are then taken down to the sunken boat, where they stay until they reach maturity. Now don’t think this is just a gimmick for the adventurous wine lover. There’s serious method to their madness. “The sea provides natural cooling in ideal conditions and the perfect silence underwater improves the quality,” explains the wine experts at Edivo Vina. You can even buy a bottle to take home with you – ornately decorated with sea shells and coral from its time underwater! Imagine how your friends will react when you tell them that the red they’re drinking is from the bottom of the Adriatic Sea! Serious kudos! Wine lovers it’s time to brush up on your diving skills… *but remember diving under the influence is not prohibited!* Plan your trip If serious glamour is what you’re after, check in to the recently re-opened Hotel Excelsior. Overlooking both the Adriatic and the ancient Old Town, this five-star luxury hotel’s majestic setting has it all. A former royal villa it retains its regal charm and rumour has it that Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Roger Moore and even the Queen have enjoyed staying here. So if it’s good enough for the Queen… Exquisite’s Travel Concierge can take away the stress and arrange your trip for you. We’ll organise stays at some of Dubrovnik’s finest hotels and arrange flights from Southend and Stansted. Exquisite Dubrovnik factfile Flight time from UK: 2 hrs 50 mins (Stansted or Southend) Transfer to resort: 30 mins Perfect for: Couples and families Why Exquisite loves it: Dubrovnik is steeped in history with UNESCO World Heritage Sites around every corner. Surrounded by staggering natural beauty from unspoilt forests to picturesque islands, Dubrovnik is a definite must-see! Price: Stay 7 nights (including breakfast & transfers) from £550 per person. Flights available at an additional cost.

VISIT ESSEX Wine and Beer Festivals

For over 30 years, CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) have held their annual festival at the East Anglian Railway Museum at Chappel near Colchester. This year is no different. Choosing Essex to play host is nothing new for the county, as it is home to some very successful breweries and vineyards. The 31st festival will take place on the 5th-9th of September and those who travel by train can take the Greater Anglia Sunbury Line (From Marks Tey) directly to Chappel Station where they will arrive at destination: Festival. Once there, the beer awaits -why not test your taste buds and sample something new? Weekend visits require ticket entry as it’s an incredibly popular day (as you can imagine) so don’t miss out! Known for having the least amount of rainfall in the UK, Essex has the perfect range of soil for vineyards. Purleigh has one of the oldest vineyards in the UK to grow Bacchus grapes. New Hall Vineyard www.newhallwines.co.uk holds an annual English Wine Festival and Fun Day on September 3rd-4th. While you can sip on some fine wines there are great activities for children, crafts and food stalls and a whole lot of entertainment. West Street Vineyard’s (Essex’s newest vineyard) theme is ‘The Only Way was Gold’, celebrating the win of the prestigious award of the same name in the World renowned International Wine Challenge 2017 in May. The award honours what West Street is best at – the vines, the fantastic restaurant serving local produce and as much wine-tasting as you like. www.weststreetvineyard.co.uk If you enjoy bike rides in the Essex countryside, why not try the ‘Essex Way’ footpath from Harwich to Epping and take a stop at Dedham Vale Vineyard? The vineyard hosts its own Cider and Wine Festival on the 25th-27th August. www.dedhamvalevineyard.com There you can grab a glass of wine or two overlooking the stunning lake and wonder around Constable country. Billericay Brewery is a micro-brewery and shop based in Billericay that produces conditioned, crafted ales that are full of flavour and Essex charm. They sell locally and are distributed in bottles and casks only using 100% natural ingredients. If you fancy giving it a go, you can be ‘Brewer for the Day’ and return 2-3 weeks later to collect your own brewed beer. www.billericyabrewing.co.uk For further information on any of these events mentioned, please vist Visit Essex.

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