Close to Cardiff, Llanerch is renowned for its Cariad wine, which is unique to the area. The vineyard produces different varieties year-round, though autumn is the best time to visit. On site, there’s a farmhouse for overnight stays, as well as a bar and two dining areas for breakfast and drinks. Visitors can book onto group tours for up to 20 people, or set up a private tour led by one of vineyard experts. We recommend the crisp Cariad Dry White.
Greyfriars Vineyard, Surrey
Greyfriars Vineyard is open all year for tasting tours and experiences. On a south-facing chalk slope just outside Guildford, the first vines were planted in 1989 and now produce quality English sparklers. Greyfriars also has an impressive wine cellar where you can try some of its seasonal produce for free during growing season. We can’t get enough of the 2019 Still Pinot Gris, which comes in at a reasonable £13.50 per bottle.
Rodington Vineyard, Shropshire
This small family-run vineyard is in central Shropshire. After several years of planning, planting and nurturing the vines, its first harvest was 2013. Today, Rodington Vineyard offers daily wine tasting experiences covering tours of the vineyard and a full selection of its wines, accompanied by cheese, meat, bread and nibbles.
Oxney Estate, East Sussex
Oxney Estate is home to one of the most famous organic vineyards in the country. Close to the lovely Sussex town of Rye, it takes a natural approach to winemaking, harvesting its grapes in small batches on a 20-acre estate. The Pinot Noir Rosé ranks as one of our favourites, but there are many grapes to explore, including pinot meunier, chardonnay and seyval blanc. Stay as a couple in one of the on-site shepherd’s huts, or larger groups can take over a trio of converted barns.