Top 8 Vineyards in UK
There has been a surge in English winemaking over the years, with over 500 working vineyards in UK discover some of the traditional and modern methods of wine taking by visiting one of the many vineyards dotted around the British countryside. Whether you are looking for a vineyard tour, wine tasting weekend or simply want to learn more about the winemaking there is something for everyone. Visit around spring and summer months when most of the winemakers allow tours of their vineyards. You may also like to explore some of the best luxury wine hotels in Europe, here.
Here are our top 8 vineyards to visit in UK.
1 Nyetimber, West Sussex
Surrounded by the stunning chalk hills of the South Downs, the magnificent Nyetimber’s vineyard is located in West Chiltington, West Sussex. With greensand and chalk soil, the vines flourish and the local climate allows the grapes to slowly ripen providing them with the complexity and finesse that the flavour of Nyetimber’s wine is known for. World-renowned creators of sparkling wine and producing using exclusively English grapes for over 30 years, Nyetimber has won gold and silver medals across the globe for a variety of awards in the wine industry and is one of the best vineyards in the UK. The estate hosts tours allowing visitors to discover the history of the English wine producer, explore the vines and marvel at the state-of-the-art pressing centre, all before enjoying tasting the 7 wine varieties Nyetimber currently produces in the estate’s medieval barn.
2Langham Wine Estate, Dorset
Covering 30 acres of a working farm in Dorset, Langham Wine Estate is set on south facing chalk soil and in an ideal location for producing stunning Champagne varieties. With a focus of producing world-class sparkling wines of the purest quality, Langham Wine Estate has a low-intervention approach to wine production avoiding fining, filtration and SO2 additions making all Langham products both vegetarian and vegan friendly. The Langham Wine Estate offers both guided and self-guided tours of both the vineyard and winery providing in depth knowledge of wine production and an exquisite tasting menu. Whilst the vast, beautiful vineyard is the main attraction, the winery is housed in a restored barn of rustic design and full of character that provides the perfect place to sample and purchase the Langham Wine.
3Lympstone Manor, Devon
Back in the Summer of 2018, inspired by the quality of the wines produced from Devon grapes, the beautiful country hotel of Lympstone Manor planted 17,500 vines within the estate. The aim is to produce a delicious range of delicate sparkling wines for guests of the hotel to enjoy during their stay. The location of Lympstone Manor offers the perfect microclimate to create this delicate flavour with the climate of the area falling within the top 5% in the country. Surrounded by sweeping hills and sea views, Lympstone Manor makes for a perfect getaway and an ideal wine tasting weekend in the UK, offering a scenic landscape to complement the cosy accommodation, delicious food and the extensive vineyard open to explore with a stunning backdrop.
4Hattingley Valley, Hampshire
As a glorious family-owned vineyard in the heart of Hampshire, Hattingley Valley has established itself as an award-winning vineyard and succeeded as one of the UK’s most successful wineries. Specialising in sparkling wine, Hattingley Valley is recognised for its innovative and dynamic approach to winemaking, holder of close to 100 awards within the wine industry and recognised as one of the top vineyards in the UK. With a vineyard set across 25 acres, tours are packed with exploration and education with August and September, when the grapes are harvested, the best time to visit. The in-depth guided tour takes in the expansive vineyard and winery, the traditional processes used for production and ends with a tasting of Hattingley’s current range of magnificent wines.
5Rathfinny Estate, East Sussex
Home to 600 acres for sun-soaked vines, Rathfinny Estate is one of the UK’s most aesthetic vineyards with sweeping landscapes of the South Downs and views stretching to the Sussex coastline just three miles away. Using a conventional method traditionally used for Champagne production in France, Rathfinny Estate produces sparkling bottles of elegant wine. The estate offers year-round tours with a chance to explore the vineyard and uncover how the delicious tipples created are nurtured. With the estate also offering an incredible restaurant and a quaint B&B, Rathfinny Estate is a charming destination for a wine tasting weekend in the UK whilst the Summer months find the estate combining wine with events such as art, astronomy and even meditation.
6Chapel Down, Kent
England’s leading wine producer and one of the best vineyards in the UK, The Chapel Down Winery, produces both sparkling and still wines and is known for its smooth blends. Created from grapes grown across the South East of England, the winery, located in the beautiful Kent countryside, uses a traditional wine-making method to produce award-winning bottles. Also famous for producing botanical infused gins, The Chapel Down Winery is one of the UK’s most exciting drinks companies and offers a wealth of experiences including cocktail masterclasses, cheese & wine tasting and the popular fizz & falconry event. The winery is open throughout the year allowing visitors to journey through the vines, stop off at the winery building and purchase from the large food and wine store.
7Bluebell Vineyard, East Sussex
A former pig farm transformed into a beautiful vineyard stretching over 100 acres, the family-owned Bluebell Vineyard located in Uckfield is set amidst stunning bluebell-strewn woods. The magnificent vineyard grows exquisite grapes used to produce Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with a perfect blend of character, acidity and ageing. The grapes are all harvested, fermented and bottled on site using a traditional method of production. Bluebell Vineyard offers relaxed and informative tours taking visitors through the art of wine-making before sampling the delicious selection of award-winning wines in the Tasting Room. Once a month, the vineyard also hosts a cheese and wine tasting experience which is Bluebell Vineyard’s most popular event.
8Camel Valley, Cornwall
The only vineyard in the UK to hold a Royal Warrant, Camel Valley near Bodmin produces a delightful selection of sparkling, white and rosé wine. Situated on Cornwall’s famous Camel Trail, ex RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie planted their first 8000 vines back in 1989. With sunny fields and the UK’s best climate, Camel Valley is ideally located to produce the juiciest grapes. Both tours of the vineyard and wine tasting sessions are available to sample five different bottles of delectable Camel Valley wine. The estate also offers two stone-built holiday cottages that offer wonderful views of the Cornish countryside as well as the magnificent vineyard making Camel Valley a spectacular location to enjoy a wine tasting weekend in the UK.