If you’re as passionate as I am about your wine and enjoy roaming beautiful vineyards, I have a treat for you with the best places to visit in the UK. British wine has seen great success over the last number of years, producing some award winning bottles to enjoy with delicious food while taking in the peace and quiet and spectacular views of the vineyards. From luxury accommodation, indulgent dishes to sparkling rosé, all make for a great trip to the UK.
Hencote, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Set high above Shrewsbury and the Shropshire countryside sits Hencote – a genuine English wine estate with vineyards and ancient wet woodlands of the old River Severn. Taste the locally produced award-winning wines, enjoy a tour and experience the winery operation before dining at the Hencote vineyard restaurant where you can try local produce and take in breath-taking views of the vines that sit below. Complete your winter break with a stay in a beautifully restored Georgian house or relax in a private hot tub in one of the luxury glamping lodges.
Three Choirs Vineyard, Gloucestershire
Nestled in the countryside of the famous Cotswolds the Three Choirs Vineyard is a popular place for tourists and food and wine enthusiasts alike. As one of England’s oldest and largest wine attractions, the winery is open every day for tours to leisurely stroll through the 75 acres of vines, before sipping some samples in the winery! If fine ales and refreshing ciders are more to your fancy, try the Whittingtons Brewery which is also located on site.
Rathfinny Estate, Sussex
This vineyard is the latest addition to the English wine world. Rathfinny Estate is a beautiful 600-acre farm situated in Sussex known to the locals as the ‘secret valley.’ You can book a vineyard tour during April and September for three days of the week complete with lunch to soak up all the alcohol! Educate yourself about the wine process whilst taking in the history of the Rathfinny Estate. Book a delicious high tea and look out across the spectacular landscape as you dine and drink with family and friends.
Glyndwr Vineyard, Wales
You may wish to delve deeper into the countryside and head to Wales where you will find one of the oldest and largest experienced vineyards. The Welsh country land is known for its rugged coastline, mountainous national parks and Celtic culture. And Glyndwr Vineyard is one of the country’s best-kept treasures. Take in the great country air and destress as you walk among the iconic green hills, there really is no better way to enjoy luxurious wine than in front of the vines that produced it for you. Be sure to book in advance if you are visiting Glyndwr as the popular tours are limited and sell-out quickly. People love to savour a delectable wine-tasting and Welsh cheese pairing whilst they wander the delightful gardens for their special occasion.