Looking for wine tasting breaks in the UK? We have found the best English vineyards where you can stay over. Enjoy English wine tastings and vineyard tours before putting your feet up on a private terrace overlooking the vines.
Here are some of the best English vineyard breaks…
Tinwood Estate, West Sussex
Want to do a wine tasting in Sussex? Back in 1985, Dutchman Tukker bought 200 acres of land here to grow iceburg lettuce. Ten years ago, Tukker’s son, Art, took on the land for his own project – growing vines for English wines. Art and his wife Jody have worked, manicured and nourished the land and now 100,000 champagne variety vines flourish in their 65 acres of chalky, flint-topped soil. Book a vineyard tour with the optional extras of a cheese platter for two or a canapé selection.
What to eat: Slow-cooked medallions of pork tenderloin followed by crème brulee with shortbread at The Kennels, a members clubhouse that serves dinner to those staying at the Tinwood Estate.
What to drink: Blanc de Blancs sparkling Chardonnay.
Where to stay: Double lodges at the Tinwood Estate start from £175 per night for a double room with breakfast. Book your stay at Tinwood Estate here
Read our full review of the Tinwood Estate Lodges and wine tasting in Sussex here
Oxney Organic, East Sussex
An organic vineyard with holiday cottages in East Sussex. The estate produces organic sparkling and still wines using pinot noir, pinot meunier and seyval blanc and chardonnay grape varieties. Winery and tasting tours take place every Friday and Saturday morning, lasting 90 minutes. Wander through the vines, learn about the estate’s approach to winemaking and end with a tasting.
What to eat: Tuck into a post-tour picnic of local cheeses, charcuterie, bread and, of course, wine.
What to drink: Try the fruity, delicately bubbly 2016 Oxney Classic.
Where to stay: Three barns (starting from £577.50 per week) sleep between four and six, while cosy wooden shepherd’s huts complete with a double bed and fire-pit start from £100 per night.
Hush Heath Estate and Winery, Kent
A great vineyard tour in Kent. Dedicated to making world-class sparkling rosé, Hush Heath centres around a Tudor-frame manor house with gorgeous gardens and acres of ancient orchards and woodland. Visit the winery shop to enjoy a self-guided exploration, or book for a full estate and winery guided tour for £25, or a private guided tour for £25 (10 people minimum).
What to eat: An spring dish of asparagus, pea and mascarpone risotto at the estate’s own Goudhurst Inn. For an additional £30pp you can enjoy a three-course lunch or dinner with wine at the Goudhurst Inn or the Tickled Trout.
What to drink: Balfour Brut Rosé 2010.
Where to stay: Stylish, airy doubles at the Goudhurst Inn start from £80. Click here to book a night at Goudhurst Inn
Llanerch Vineyard, Wales
A farmhouse hotel, restaurant, cookery school and vineyard in South Wales. Guided tours and tastings show guests how Llanerch’s Cariad wines are made, and how the local terroir affects the taste of each vintage.
What to eat: Celebrating seasonal produce grown, caught or reared in the region, try dishes such as Welsh ox cheek croquettes, mutton shepherd’s pie and pearl barley risotto in the fine-dining restaurant overlooking the vineyards.
What to drink: Try the sweet Cariad sparkling brut.
Where to stay: Hotel rooms vary in size, from superior doubles to suites. Courtyard bedrooms start from £135. Book your stay at Llanerch Vineyard here
Kingscote, West Sussex
This is one of the best wine tasting breaks in the UK. Not just a vineyard but a full-on countryside experience founded by the late Christen Monge, Kingscote promises walking and fishing, as well as vineyard tours and tastings. Book a gourmet vineyard tour with lunch for £85 for two people.
What to eat: There’s a tiny coffee shop serving Kingscote’s own coffee in the on-site wine and artisan food store. For a full meal, visit nearby Gravetye Manor where a set three-course lunch is £48.
What to drink: The Fat Fumé, a lightly oaked bacchus.
Where to stay: Doubles at Gravetye Manor start at £275. Book your stay at Gravetye Manor here
Established in 1986, Denbies wine estate in Surrey offers indoor and outdoor winery tours. The former explores the working winery along with a cellar tasting, while the latter takes you on a 50-minute toy train tour of the vineyard, showing off panoramic views of the North Downs.
What to eat: A gallery restaurant looks over the 265-acre vineyard. Order Sussex confit pork belly with savoy cabbage, pan-fried halibut with roasted romanesco, or, on a Sunday, the Surrey Farm roast beef with rosemary-roasted potatoes.
What to drink: A glass of the 2016 Noble Harvest dessert wine, full of appealing dried apricot notes.
Where to stay: An on-site b&b has seven en-suite bedrooms starting from £80. Book Denbies b&b here
Camel Valley Vineyard, Cornwall
Want to explore one of the best English vineyards? Bob Lindo turned his hand to farming when he left the RAF and has built up the beautiful Camel Valley vineyard gradually, over 30 years, with his wife Annie. All the wines are sold in the shop by the glass or half glass (along with little snacks), so you can turn up for a taste even if the Grand Tour tasting is fully booked.
What to eat: Pink fir apple potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli and polmarkyn ashed goats cheese, or slow cooked lamb shoulder and cumin roasted cauliflower followed by lemon posset, raspberries and ginger crumb at St Tudy Inn, 15 minutes north by car.
What to drink: The 2012 Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut.
Where to stay: The Cabana, a pretty converted stable down a leafy lane, with a private decked area equipped with a BBQ. B&B from £65 per night. lowertregleath.com
A stylish vineyard in the rural Cornish countryside. Informal wine tastings take place every Wednesday to Sunday, while on Sunday morning walking tours cover the vineyard, orchard and lakeside, exploring how the wines and ciders are made.
What to eat: Former head chef of Cornwall’s Fifteen, Andy Appleton, is at the kitchen’s helm. Set within a working vineyard, the restaurant serves modern European dishes with a Cornish focus. Try Terras Farm smoked duck breast with squash caponata, rose harissa fish stew with aioli, and quince panna cotta with fennel meringue.
What to drink: The fresh, red berry-laden 2014 organic rosé brut.
Where to stay: There’s an on-site eco lodge surrounded by apple trees, vines and wilderness. The contemporary space sleeps up to four (and two pets), from £402 per week. Book to stay at Trevibban Lodge here
Three Choirs, Gloucestershire
A lovely wine tasting break in the UK. You can taste, trek, eat and sleep at Three Choirs near Newent, one of the longest established English vineyards. Most visitors book ahead for a guided tour with tastings.
What to eat: Take a seat among lots of local regulars to eat smoked wood pigeon, Springfield Farm chicken and Clonakilty black pudding terrine with spiced pear followed by roast sea bream, buttered samphire, crushed Cornish new potatoes and lobster oil.
What to drink: The Siegerrebe 2016, a spicy, fruity dry white.
Where to stay: Eight bedrooms in a red-brick block, from £129, have pretty views over the vines, but the nicest accommodation is in the glass-walled, timber-framed lodges with verandas, from £149.
Read our full review of the Three Choirs here
A two-hour drive from London, this Kent vineyard produces sparkling wines. Choose between three types of tour and explore the vineyards followed by a tutored wine tasting, or discover how to pair wine with food.
What to eat: For those that want to delve deeper into the world of wine, the estate tour includes vineyard visits before a three-course seasonal lunch (paired with eight wines) in the modern tasting room.
What to drink: Golden-hued 2015 Gusbourne brut reserve has buttery, brioche notes.
Where to stay: Head to the sleepy Kent village of East Brabourne – just a 30-minute drive away – and stay at The Five Bells Inn (Read our full review here)
Wyken Vineyards, Suffolk
Only big groups need pre-book for a wander round Wyken. It has been established as a vineyard since 1988, and is energetically tended by Mississippi-born Lady Carlisle, who, as a girl, trained at Chez Panisse and loves the ‘raciness of English wine’.
What to eat: The menu at the estate’s Leaping Hare restaurant/café/shop, housed in a 14th-century barn, offers monkfish with brown shrimp and cauliflower followed by Wyken lamb rack and belly with pomme anna, sprouting broccoli and wild garlic.
What to drink: Wyken Moonshine, a sparkling wine made with pinot noir and auxerrois grapes.
Where to stay: Camomile Cottage, an arty Suffolk longhouse where you’ll breakfast in the garden room on full English or eggs benedict with home-baked bread. Doubles, from £99.
Chapel Down, Kent
One of the best-known English vineyards, Chapel Down recently expanded its site to a huge 325 acres of prime Kentish wine country. It’s open all year to visitors, and offers packages and gift experiences with tutored tastings. Alternatively, just go and have a look and pick up a treat from the terrific wine and fine food shop.
What to eat: Pea velouté with ham hock croquettet then Romney Marsh lamb rump, confit cherry tomatoes and smoked paprika courgette puree at Chapel Down’s smart restaurant, the Swan.
What to drink: The 2017 Flint Dry, a blend of bacchus with chardonnay and cool-climate grapes, is a fine alternative to sauvignon blanc.
Where to stay: Sissinghurst Farmhouse, home to Chapel Down’s CEO, is also a charming B&B with brass beds and rural views, from £160.
Sharpham Wine and Cheese, Devon
One of the best vineyard tours in the UK, Sharpham is a great experience. In the same hands for 35 years, Sharpham is a serious producer of more than a dozen wines, as well as unpasteurised cheeses that are sold UK-wide. Visitors to the site, overlooking the River Dart, can embark on a self-directed Vineyard Walk, or a Vine to Wine tour with expert guides.
What to eat: The Cellar Door serves River Fowey mussels with cider, bacon, leek and mustard cream followed by wild garlic and sorrel chicken “kiev” with watercress and charred lemon.
What to drink: The Estate Selection 2016.
Where to stay: The Bathing House is a well-appointed holiday cottage within the Sharpham Estate, sleeping two from around £550 for two nights. helpfulholidays.co.uk
Ryedale Vineyards, North Yorkshire
There’s no visitor centre, shop or café at England’s most northerly commercial vineyard, rather a tiny winery set in a listed cowshed. Here Stuart Smith conducts tastings, once his wife Elizabeth has guided guests around the entirely unmechanised site. Tours and tastings take place between April and October, or, if you’re staying at the vineyard, you can book a private tour for any day of the week.
What to eat: At Mount House B&B in Terrington, owner Kathryn might cook venison in the autumn, or seabass, followed by a creamy Italian pud. Book dinner in advance for £30 for 3-courses.
What to drink: One of Ryedale’s award-winners, such as a bottle of Yorkshire’s Lass, a delicate dry white.
Where to stay: In a pretty, homely double or twin at Mount House starting from £100 per night.
Check out the best places to eat in Ryedale while you’re there…
Rathfinny Estate, West Sussex
It may be young, but Rathfinny Estate in the South Downs is still one of Britain’s most beautiful wineries. Vines are separated by rows of wild flowers, there are glimpses of the Sussex heritage coast throughout, and visitors can stay overnight in a stylishly converted 1860s barn.
What to eat: Get social and eat in the estate’s Flint Barns canteen at long, communal wooden tables. Being the casual kind of place it is, the menu is fixed; expect family favourites such as quality sausage and mash.
What to drink: Rathfinny produced its first batch of Sussex sparkling in 2018.
Where to stay: Rooms at the Flint Barns are simple but have expensive bathroom fixtures, quality bedsteads and access to a luxurious communal living room. From £100 for a double. Book to stay at Flint Barns here
Words by Sophie Dening, Ellie Edwards and Alex Crossley
Photo credits: Paul Winch-Furness, Ian Forsyth, Helen Dixon
First published August 2015, updated May 2019