It’s English Tourism Week this week, and as there’s nothing we like more than a glass of English wine in a sunny vineyard (or just a vineyard, this is England after all…), we thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate some of our favourite UK spots. If you’re a wine lover looking for a weekend escape, here’s everything you need to plan the perfect trip…
The Black Swan
Somewhere in the heart of the rugged countryside of the North York Moors, in a little town called Oldstead, lies ‘The Best Restaurant in the World’. The Black Swan, which looks from the outside like an unassuming country pub, was named ‘Best Fine Dining Restaurant’ by a large online travel site in 2017, and it’s certainly lived up to the hype. Book in advance to snag a table at this coveted spot, and enjoy a fine dining experience described as ‘traditional Yorkshire with a swirling mix of creativity and eccentricity’.
Lime Wood Hotel
Boasting a romantic Lake Cabin, wellness retreats and beautifully furnished ‘Forest hideaway suites’, the Lime Wood Hotel and Spa, in scenic Hampshire, is the ideal place for a luxury escape. The hotel restaurant serves wonderful food, and the famous wine cellar is a haven for wine buffs! Lime Wood’s extensive Wine List was awarded the Taittinger Wine List of the Year for 2015, and scooped the award for the Most Innovative and Exciting Wine List at the Conde Nast Johansens Awards 2016 and 2017!
Less than an hour’s drive from Torquay and The English Riviera, Sharpham Vineyard is set in the glorious Devonshire Dart Valley countryside. The Vineyard is surrounded by breathtaking views and fields of Jersey cows, whose milk is used to make Sharpham’s award winning cheeses. The on site cafe and bar is the perfect place to enjoy local produce and Sharpham’s excellent wines, and a range of tastings and tours are available, starting at just £6.95.
Eastcott Vineyard and Winery
Eastcott Vineyard, near Okehampton, was opened by Hilary and Richard Waller after the couple left their life in the city to set up a vineyard in 2007. They now tend a 6 acre vineyard, make award winning dry and sparkling wines, and host vineyard tours throughout the week, including tutored wine tastings in their modern winery. This truly beautiful spot is ideal for wine lovers seeking a romantic break, and you might learn something while you’re at it!
On the edge of the South Downs in Hampshire, surrounded by incredible, picturesque scenery, Hambledon Vineyard is the only gravity-fed state-of-the-art winery in the UK. The grapes are hand-picked in October, and pressed on site by the hard working vineyard team. Visitors can explore the 50 acres of vineyard, learn about the process of making sparkling wine, enjoy chocolate and fizz tastings, and much more.
To arrange a tasting and get an exclusive insight into this vibrant English Winery, book with Winerist today.