From crisp whites to velvety reds, vineyards up and down England are producing award-winning wines. To celebrate some of the magnificent wines produced on our very own soil, we’ve compiled some of the best vineyards to visit across the country - all offering great tasting sessions, tours and more.
Chapel Down Vineyard
Set in the gentle hills and high hedges of Kent’s High Weald, in an Area of Outstanding Beauty, is the Chapel Down Vineyard. The 22 acres of vineyard, has the same chalky soil as Champagné, France (just 90 miles to the south) giving the wine produced here its distinct flavour.
To get a real taste of the wines produced at Chapel Down, take a behind-the-scenes tour. A guide will show you how they grow the grapes to how they transform the fruit in to delicious wine. There’s also a tutored tasting session afterward so you can really appreciate the wines.
While only 28 miles west of the mainland, the Isles of Scilly feels like a different world. With no traffic jams or major shopping centres, the only noise pollution you’ll hear is the breaking waves and cawing gulls. Set on the southerly-facing slopes of St Martin, you will find St Martin Vineyard, the UK’s smallest and most southwesterly vineyard. Guided vineyard tours are conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer, giving you the chance to explore this unique vineyard.
Without a doubt, the location of this winery is what makes it so special. The clear waters and idyllic beaches surrounding the islands provide a prevailing sense of calm making St Martins a delight. The spectacular flowers, plant life, rare birds and sea views along the heathery cliff paths all add to the thrill of St Martin.
Sharpham Vineyard has been making fine English wine for around 30 years. Located on the bank of the river Dart in Devon. Sharpham produces red and white wines, which have won awards at both a national and international level. Enjoy a guided tour of the vineyard to gain an insight into how Sharpham Wine is produced.
As well as producing English wines, Sharpham Vineyard also makes soft English cheeses using the milk from its herd of Jersey cows. Cremet, Rustic and Savour are some of the creamy delights produced in Sharpham Dairy.
Nestled deep between the Costwolds and the Forest of Dean is Three Choirs, one of England’s oldest and largest vineyards. The rolling hills and valleys of Gloucestershire provide a unique climate, which is perfect for growing grapes. Explore the beautiful vineyards on a guided tour and afterward, enjoy a light lunch with a chef's selection board.
The Three Choirs vineyard is perfectly situated to explore the beautiful Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean. If you’re thinking of planning a short break or a romantic retreat, the vineyard has rooms and lodges overlooking the vine-clad valleys. Don’t worry about going hungry either, the vineyard also has a brasserie serving the best local produce.
Ryedale Vineyard is the UK’s most northerly commercial vineyard, hidden away in an idyllic spot at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds. The sunny south-facing slopes are key to producing some of England’s award-winning wines. Throughout summer Ryedale offers guided tours and tasting sessions which include a selection of wines accompanied by homemade nibbles.
Ryedale Vineyard is located only six miles from the market town of Malton, known as the food capital of Yorkshire. Malton regularly has food markets and festivals featuring the finest produce from the region. Perfect for enjoying a short break or romantic trip – taste the wine, enjoy the food and at the end of the day, settle down for a peaceful night’s sleep at Ryedale farmhouse.
It’s thought that the Romans grew vines on the Isle of Wight some 2,000 years ago. Adgestone seems to have perfected the technique now, producing red, white and rosé wines. The chalky south-facing slopes and almost frost-free climate give these wines a unique taste. Their vineyard tour offers the whole grape to glass experience, as you'll be guided around the 10-acre site and shown the whole process of turning grapes into wine.
If you’re looking to get away from the bustle of everyday life and take some time to relax, Adgestone is the ideal place to escape. Adgestone has snug double bedrooms with en-suite facilities and magnificent sea views offering a tranquil setting to relax and unwind. What could be more special than spending your evenings under stars amongst 10 acres of vines?
The Tinwood Vineyard started planting vines in 2007 on the edge of the beautiful South Downs National Park. Since then they have been producing fine English sparkling wines since their first crop in 2009. Tinwood runs fun wine tasting sessions that everyone is able to enjoy, enjoy the sun and a glass of bubbles after spending the day touring the beautiful vineyards.
Tinwood isn’t only a vineyard, it also offers accommodation to its guests. Lodges at the estate offer the guests the chance to stay in cabin lodges with an authentic rustic feel. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows and private veranda overlooking the vines are the real showpieces.