UK vineyards you must visit

Exceptionally crafted wine and detailed vineyard tours aren’t usually associated with the UK but more the Cotes de Provence in France or sun-baked fields of California. Stepping up to the plate is the UK who has over 400 commercial vineyards dotted around England. With many open to the public, we’ve hand-picked our favourite vineyards to visit in the UK.

Rathfinny, Sussex

Established in 2010 in South Downs, Sussex. This area is renowned for producing award delicious winning English sparkling wines. Rathfinny’s vision is to develop and grow into one of the most significant single vineyards in England, and one of the largest in Europe. Alongside specialising in sparkling wines, Rathfinny also produce their very own hand-crafted gin.

Gusbourne, Kent 

With the first vines planted in 2004, and its first vintage produced in 2006, it’s been 13 years since Gusbourne Estates burst onto the scene. Now well established, it has received many accolades alongside some of the finest sparkling wine this country has to offer. A combination of trusted old traditions and cutting-edge technology ensures that Gusbourne Estate is a vineyard you need to experience.

Hattingley Valley, Hampshire

This family-owned grower and producer of premium English sparkling wine is performing exceptionally well. In fact, there aren’t many awards which Hattingley Valley haven’t won over the years. From taking gold at the Sommelier Wine Awards, to being crowned World Champion last year for its Blanc de Blancs 2011 Magnum at the prestigious Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC). One well worth putting on your to-do list.

Chiltern Valley, Oxfordshire

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Chiltern Valley produces not only fine wines but also ales and liquors. Chiltern Valley also plays host to visitors by running an on-site B&B service. So why not really drink-in the scenery? Make a weekend of it and enjoy views of the vineyard from the guest room.

Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey

Since the first vines were planted in 1986, Denbies vineyard has been a stable producer of quality UK wines. With a total of 265 acres planted, the vineyard is three times the size of any other in the UK. Set in the heart of the Surrey Hills, couples often take full advantage of the scenic surroundings by choosing it as a wedding location.

 Hush Heath Estate, Kent

The 400 – acre family owned Tudor estate in the heart of Kent, is devoted to producing the country’s finest still, sparkling wines and ciders. It’s prize wine Balfour Brut Rose, is recognised as one of England’s premium champagne-method wines, winning numerous awards and accolades. The Hush Heath estate also boasts three boutique hotels with dining options, where of course you can sample all the wines and ciders from the vineyard.

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