Art for art’s sake

Persephone at Brightwell VineyardIn the week that Google’s ambitious Art Project goes live, bringing some of the world’s finest galleries to our computer screens, we hear news that Oxfordshire’s ArtWeeks will be hitting its own milestone: its 20th birthday. Almost at the other extreme of the spectrum, ArtWeeks is aimed at introducing visitors to art and artist in person, and’s Producer of the Week, Brightwell Vineyard, will be among those making its first appearance as host.

This is our first year providing an ArtWeeks venue,” says Bob Nielsen, who runs Brightwell with his wife, Carol. “If it goes well it will be an annual event. We both love art and have supported new artists when able.” 

Indeed, anyone who has visited Brightwell – Oxfordshire’s largest vineyard and located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – will not have missed their statue of Persephone amid the vines.

Friendly and engaging, the pair run tours and tastings, and welcome volunteers at harvest. Carol will be the first to host a Meet the Winemaker tasting dinner in the Best of English series that is running with the Artisan & Vine wine bar later this month – her Bacchus is the wine bar's bestselling English white.

With less than 10 tickets left for the event, this is your chance to hear Carol speak about how they set up their vineyard a decade ago, their plans for the future, plus – of course – the opportunity to taste her wines alongside Artisan & Vine resident chef’s James Robson specially created menu

Thanks to all those who made it along to Carol's tasting back in February. It was great to meet so many of you, and to hear such interesting stories from Carol. Not forgetting, a chance to try and wines and James' delectable food matches too.