Wine is produced in nearly every country on the planet, with 10,000 varieties of wine grapes existing worldwide.
Each and every vineyard has a unique approach to growing their grapes and distilling their wines. European wines are named after their locations while non-European wines are named after their grape varieties. UK based wineries and vineyards are becoming increasingly popular. In recent years numerous British wine brands have won international acclaim for their delicious and exuberant flavours and bouquets triggering a surge in production and demand,.
Interest in the vineyards across Britain has also spiked considerably. Scheduling guided tours across our sprawling countryside, discussing the optimum climate and soil conditions which contribute to the vineyards signature notes, much can be learned and enjoyed from a visit to a winery. We explore the top three vineyards which are currently producing the countries most unique and ambitious wines.
The Three Choirs Vineyard, Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire’s acclaimed Three Choir Vineyards is the largest and oldest vineyard in the UK. Situated across seventy-five acres of sprawling vineyards, tours of the estate take forty-five minutes and cost just £12.50. Awarded Trip Advisor’s certificate of excellence last year, the vineyards beautiful brasserie and stunning lodges allow guests to extend their stay. Open all year round, a visit to The Three Choirs is an unforgettable experience, and the perfect gift to share with a loved one. Buy a voucher today and create a memory that will last forever.
Originating from a small rented allotment in Shropshire, this family-run vineyard has since grown to cover ten acres. Opening their gates to the public in 2015, in the four years that have followed, Rodington have won multiple awards, including two Silver Cup Trophies from the Mercian Vineyards Association and the prestigious International Silver Medal from the International Wine Challenge. Featured in numerous highly respected food and wine magazines, Rodington is the wine connoisseurs vineyard of choice. A firm favourite at this years Shrewsbury and Ludlow Food Festival, Rodington are switching up their seasonal menus, conceptualising their sellout mulled wine blend for the festive period. Rodington is open each day (Except Wednesdays) from 10am to 4pm daily. A wine tasting experience which includes a tour of the vineyard, and then sampling of award winning wines with lunch is £25.00
Camel Valley, Cornwall
Camel Valley winery received the trophy for Best Sparkling Rose in the World at the Bollicine del Mondo in Verona and has since won awards from prestigious wine critics including International Wine Challenge and Decanter. Camel Valley winemaker Sam Lindo made history in 2014 by being the first winemaker outside of Champagne to be nominated for Best International Sparkling Winemaker of the Year. With so many impressive accolades attributed to the vineyards independently produced wines, the pressure to represent the brand with tours and wine-tastings should feel profound. However, the experience of a visit to Camel Valley feels effortless and relaxed. Tours at Camel Valley are £9.50 per person, including a glass of wine, and tours take place Monday-Friday afternoons between April to September.