The Rothschild Foundation is sad to announce the death of its Chairman, Lord Rothschild, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural leader, who made a profound difference to many areas of British life.

He led, amongst other institutions, the National Gallery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the family’s flagship, Waddesdon Manor. He supported many causes, some close to his home in Buckinghamshire, others as far afield as Israel, Albania, Greece and the United States. He was committed to helping communities, the environment, education and above all, the arts. His exemplary service to his country was recognised on several occasions, with a GBE, a CVO and as a member of the Order of Merit.

Jacob Rothschild was an extraordinary person, and his loss will be felt by many. The family is committed to continuing his legacy and the foundation which he loved and endowed. His daughter Hannah assumes the role of Chair of the Rothschild Foundation.

We will all be inspired by his vision, ambition, and his commitment to excellence.

Wine bottles
Posted 12 April 2019


Taste before you buy

Our new, enlarged wine shop is now open, offering unrivalled quality, range and expertise, alongside the opportunity to taste before you buy.

Within the staggering 126 Rothschild wines on offer, and a further 50 handpicked guest wines, there is something for every pocket with 27 wines under £12. Alongside this unrivalled collection the new shop also showcases a range of exclusive gins and beers using botanicals and fruits from the Waddesdon estate.

Wine shop

With such a vast range to choose from, complimentary wine tastings will be on offer every day to ensure the decision-making process is as easy as possible. Sara Sweetland, Managing Director of our trading company (that returns all profits to support care of the buildings, gardens and artworks at Waddesdon), says, ‘We hope this interactive approach will help make our wines more accessible, so customers leave with a bottle that is suited to their palate. We’re also excited to allow customers the chance to taste legendary wines without the pressure of committing to a bottle, by trying a 50ml pour during their visit.’

Gentleman and ladies trying wine

Alongside the free tastings, the wines on offer for paid tasting will change regularly, in April they include (price per 50ml pour):

  • Aile d’Argent 2015 – the finest white wine produced by Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, a rare blend of Semillon and Sauvignon from Chateau Mouton – £11.50
  • Caro 2015 – Lafite’s finest offering from Argentina. An elegant yet muscular blend of Malbec and Cabernet produced in tiny quantities. £5.95
  • Los Vascos Le Dix 2015 – Single vineyard, the top wine of Los Vascos in Chile. Lafite’s premium Chilean blend. £5.95
  • Chateau Duhart Milon 1990 – A legendary vintage in Bordeaux. This wonderful claret is showing great complexity and balance approaching its 30th Birthday – £16.95

And if you missed Rothschild Wine Expert, Pete Tompkins on BBC Three Counties Radio on Thursday 11 April, you can catch him on catch up talking with Nick Coffer here.

If you fancy trying the Housekeeper’s Damson Gin Nick enthused about, you can buy one of the limited edition bottles from our online shop.