Grapes, Hops and Junipers

Grapes, Hops and Junipers

Heard it on the grapevine? They’re not just good, but officially brilliant! England’s favourite tipples – from its crisp sparkling whites to its treacly dark ales – are an award-winning string in our country’s food and drink bow. And with the soldierly ranks of vines basking in the warm summer sunshine and hops and berries slowly swelling on the bough, this is a great time to get out and discover the quirky stories and picturesque settings behind our grapes and our grain. From vineyard tours and gin tastings, to boutique breweries and beer festivals, we say swig, savour and same again please!

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Meet the people behind the pints at Marston’s

Meet the people behind the pints at Marston’s

Find the only beer still traditionally crafted in oak casks by the last remaining brewer in town, on the fringes of England’s National Forest.

Location: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

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Be an apprentice brewer for the day at Derventio Brewery

Be an apprentice brewer for the day at Derventio Brewery

Roll up your sleeves as you become an apprentice brewer for the day in one of Derby’s many micro-breweries.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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Drink freshly brewed beer at The Bridge Tavern

Drink freshly brewed beer at The Bridge Tavern

Do you love real ale? Then visit The Bridge Tavern, situated near the North East's most iconic landmark - The Tyne Bridge.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Sample local ales or make your own in Derby

Sample local ales or make your own in Derby

Brew up a storm in Derby, the real ale capital of England. Brew your own or tour pub gems, the pints are frothing and waiting for you.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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Make your own apple juice in the heart of the Chilterns

Make your own apple juice in the heart of the Chilterns

Spend a weekend at Chiltern Ridge and make your own apple juice, and explore the two acre site and surrounding Chiltern Hills.

Location: Chesham, Buckinghamshire

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Taste fine wine at Tanners Wines

Taste fine wine at Tanners Wines

Don’t miss a trip to Tanners Wines, independent and family-owned since 1842 which is one of the top wine merchants in the UK.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Built into a cave system underneath Nottingham Castle, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (or ‘The Trip’ as locals call it) is a legend among English inns.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Tour the Black Friars Gin Distillery

Tour the Black Friars Gin Distillery

Visit the oldest working gin distillery in England.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Wine tasting at Hotel du Vin

Wine tasting at Hotel du Vin

Take a trip around the world's wines in Newcastle.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Raise a glass in the South Downs countryside

Raise a glass in the South Downs countryside

English sparkling wine is enjoying a renaissance.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Sample a selection of wines at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Sample a selection of wines at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Dedham Vale Vineyard is a great place to experience wine tasting whilst enjoying the pristine rolling English countryside.

Location: Boxted near Colchester, Essex

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See what’s behind a pint at the National Brewery Centre

See what’s behind a pint at the National Brewery Centre

Once dominated by breweries, Burton is the natural place to visit and discover more about an Englishman’s much-loved tipple.

Location: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

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Take an award-winning tour of Camel Valley

Take an award-winning tour of Camel Valley

An ex-RAF pilot and his wife grew their wine into an international triumph. Catch a glimpse and a taste in historic Bodmin.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

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Discover Biddenden Vineyards in Kent

Discover Biddenden Vineyards in Kent

Making wine in the Garden of England.

Location: Biddenden, Kent

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Raise a glass of English wine at Holmfirth Vineyard

Raise a glass of English wine at Holmfirth Vineyard

How about a glass of English wine? That’s award-winning English wine. Come to Holmfirth Vineyard and discover their home-grown delight.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

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English Wine Week

English Wine Week

A glimpse into the wonderful world of English wine.

Location: Nationwide

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Choose between red, white or rosé at Sealwood Cottage

Choose between red, white or rosé at Sealwood Cottage

Sample the fruits of this Derbyshire vineyard in the charming countryside of The National Forest, and then go to sleep in a pyramid-roofed bedroom.

Location: Swadlincote, Derbyshire

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Enter a wine and food lover’s dream at Vinopolis

Enter a wine and food lover’s dream at Vinopolis

Treat your tastebuds and discover your new favourite wine on this self-guided Wine Tasting class.

Location: London Bridge, London

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Go wine tasting at Ryedale Vineyards

Go wine tasting at Ryedale Vineyards

Sample wines from England’s most northerly vineyard.

Location: York, Yorkshire

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