Corporate Activities

La Mare Wine Estate offers a wide range of activities to suit all requirements.

We pride ourselves on being able to provide whatever you want.  As such, our activities are normally tailored around a lunch or dinner for a relaxed and memorable visit.

Ginspiration

1. First, an introduction...

Your workshop starts with a Gin & Tonic and an introduction to our talented distiller, Dan de Carteret. Enjoy Dan’s lesson on the vibrant, sometimes dangerous, history of gin and what makes it such a popular choice today. Now, if you’ve finished your G&T, let’s move on.

2. Then the distillery...

A guided tour of the distillery will bring you up to speed on how gin gets its unique flavours. Here, Dan will explain the different parts of the process and why making gin is basically as easy as making tea ... not really.

3. Test your tastebuds...

With this tutored tasting (and sniffing!), you’ll try some of the best gins from around the world. This is when you learn the flavour profiles of the different botanicals and which flavours delight you the most.

4. Gin and win...

Now that you know what you like in a blend and the impact of the botanicals, we’ll give you the chance to distil your own deliciously drinkable 35cl bottle of gin to take home. Competitive types rejoice, Distiller Dan will then rate your gin cocktail making skills as you finish the night on a sweeter note!

The particulars...

Duration is 2hrs, £70 per person, £350 minimum

Ginspiration includes:

• Gin & Tonic on arrival
• Distillery visit with Dan
• Gin tasting experience
• Blending masterclass
• 35cl bottle of gin to take home


Make a night of it | Why not add cocktails and platters after your workshop?

Aroma and Competitive Wine Tasting

Aroma Competition

The group will begin with a Wine Aroma Competition, this is a team event where each table works together to identify the smells from the wine aromas bottles (this is what we use professionally to learn how to identify the smells in different wines). This is a fun event and acts as a great ice breaker to help the guests on each table to immediately communicate with each other.

Competitive Wine Tasting

The Group will then blind taste 5 classic wines from around the world (white and red). The host will introduce each wine and give some hints on how to tell the age and where in the world a particular wine may come from. Armed with this information each person will try and figure out, from a multiple-choice card, the country, region, grape variety and vintage of each wine. Once again this is a very popular activity.

Chocolate Making Workshop

Book your group in to learn the indulgent art of chocolate making (and tasting!)

Our professional Chocolatier (how about that for a career choice?) hosts this unique chocolate workshop.
The session begins with a brief history of chocolate, whilst delegates tuck in to some samples including some rather unusual flavors! Then it's straight in there with the chocolate as you learn to make a range of luxury chocolate truffles and pralines. You will decide and make up your own favourite fillings and then have a go at dipping and coating your creations.  After being shown just how to decorate your chocolates, the last part of the workshop is spent doing just that. Your own chocolate creations are then ready to be packed into a box to take home.

The workshop includes a glass of wine and water for each guest.


Activity Cost of the Chocolate Making Workshop is £35 per person (ex GST), minimum charge £420.

Barrel Building Competition

A hive of activity fills the air when delegates are transformed into working Coopers to complete this task against the clock and more importantly, against each other!  The competition would take the following format; your host will explain the competition and will then demonstrate the task. 6 teams of 6 (3+3) will be decided. The first ½ of each team will have to dismantle and rebuild a Brandy barrel then roll it to where the second half of the team, again dismantle and rebuild it before rolling it back to its start position.  Team Problems – if the barrel is reassembled badly it will be very difficult (but entertaining) to see them try to roll it and stop it from falling apart. The team that completes the task in the shortest time and to a satisfactory standard is judged as the winners.

Wine Aromas & Wine Blending Competition

Aroma Competition

The activity takes place inside where the guests are seated. The group will begin with a Wine Aroma, team event where each table works together to identify the smells from the wine aromas bottles (this is what we use professionally to learn how to identify the smells in different wines). This is a fun event and acts as a great ice breaker to help the guests on each table to immediately communicate with each other.

Wine Blending

Many people have asked us how we blend our wines to produce such fruity and fragrant characteristics . . . . So we thought we'd set up this unique opportunity for clients to blend their own!

Using 4 classic wine varieties from around the world, each of which has a particular character, delegates are provided with the use of professional blending equipment to blend their own unique wine. Find out what really suits your palate; be it soft and fruity or fine and elegant. After blending several different wines, each team will forward one blend to the Tasting and Judging Panel, which is made up of group members. The new wine blends are then judged before a winner is decided at the end of the evening.

This is a truly enjoyable test of the senses and not surprisingly, a very popular activity.

Private Guided Tour & Tasting

The estate was established in 1972 and is set in the beautiful grounds of a wonderful 18th Century, Jersey Granite Farmhouse; surrounded by stunning gardens and vineyards, La Mare is Jersey’s only Wine
Estate and Distillery. This Private Tour will lead experts and novices alike, behind the scenes, through the Winemaking and Distilling process. It begins with a gentle stroll through the vines and orchard, after which, they are invited into the new winery where the winemaking process will be explained. Then a visit to the stunning Cognac style distillery followed by a tasting of La Mare’s Jersey Wines and Jersey Apple Brandy Cream Liqueur. Weather permitting; La Mare likes to host the tastings outside on the main lawn, near the house. Guests will also see our food production kitchens where La Mare makes our very own genuine Jersey fudge, biscuits and preserves, including the famous Jersey Black butter, plus they are invited to enjoy a taste what the estate has to offer. Guests will also see our very own Chocolate kitchen, to see how La Mare’s very own Chocolatier hand makes our own Jersey chocolate and enjoy a tasting. There is also an estate shop and vineyard restaurant which is available for home made cream teas, lunch and dinner.

2017 Prices
Tour One: 3 still wines & guided tour + Jersey Cream Liqueur £14.75pp (ex GST)
Tour Two: 3 still wines & guided tour + VSOP Jersey Apple Brandy £15.75pp (ex GST)

Minimum charge for Private Tours £220 - £17pp/£19pp ex GST after 6pm
Group Bookings 3 – 9 bookings 4% discount, 10+ bookings 8% discount

Why not add to the experience with some more Genuine Jersey produce.
Our beautiful oak & glass restaurant which overlooks the vineyard is available for Jersey Cream Tea
served with Jersey Black Butter. Lunch and dinner for groups are available, from a simple ploughman’s to
a full dinner. Sample menus are available.

More Team Building Activities

La Mare can also design tailored team building programmes with associates to cover the entire spectrum: 

  • Fun team bonding events designed to incentivise, motivate, reward and build trust
  • Facilitated team building or team development programmes designed to help the team tackle key business related issues
  • Activities as part of a corporate day or as an ‘icebreaker’ for delegates
  • Each programme will have a varying degree of difficulty, dependent on your objectives, capabilities and ages
  • Outstanding levels of experience and service will ensure that your event will be a complete success
  • Because there is a range of events to choose from, we can provide half or full day packages to suit your requirements