England’s Finest Vineyards for English Wine Week

White wine bottle, vine, glass and bunch of grapes

Raising a glass to English wine

England produces a host of award-winning wines made from beautiful vineyards throughout the country. Each vineyard has their own award-winning wines and offer visitors a unique experience, whether it’s wandering through the grounds in the beautiful countryside or enjoying a wine tasting experience. So, with English Wine Week taking place from 24 May to 1 June 2014, what better time to focus both on the fantastic wines available and the beautiful locations in which they’re produced…

Visit the Beautiful Gloucestershire Vineyards

The Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire is one of the top vineyards in the country. This vineyard was the 2011 English Rose winner at the International Wine Championships. Set on seventy five acres, sprawling over beautiful hillsides, you will find this wine estate. They produce around three hundred thousand bottles of wine each year and offer guided tours daily at 2.30pm.

Enjoy a Glass of Wine at a Yorkshire Vineyard

Not all English vineyards are located large grounds. Leventhorpe Vineyard in Yorkshire is not only the longest established commercial vineyard in the area, but they are set on a small five acre plot. This vineyard still produces some of the best white wines in the region. Leventhorpe Vineyard open their doors daily to visitors, offering free entry and tastings of their delicious award-winning wines.

Enjoy the Natural Beauty Offered by the Sussex Vineyards

The stunning South Downs

Set in the spectacular South Downs National Park is the family owned Ridgeview Wine Estate in Sussex, known for their high quality sparkling wines. This vineyard has won numerous international and national awards. Ridgeview is a popular wine choice and is seen on shelves in wine shops throughout the country. This vineyard gives visitors the unique opportunity to visit their estate from 11am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. The vineyard offers some of the most spectacular views in the region as you taste a selection of superior wines produced here.

Another Sussex vineyard is the long established Bolney Wine Estate. This vineyard has been producing award winning wines since 1976. They specialise in white and sparkling wines, both of which have won numerous international and national awards. The estate spans over forty acres and is the perfect way to spend a relaxing Sussex afternoon. Bolney Wine Estate offer tasting tours from February to November where they offer information into the art of winery. There are such a wide selection of wine tours to choose from when visiting this estate from their tasting tour to their lunch tour.

Take Advantage of a Guided Wine Tour in Cornwall

One of the best known vineyards in Cornwall is the Camel Valley Vineyard based in Bodmin. Bodmin is a lovely area surrounded by moorland. This vineyard has been producing award-winning wines since 1989, including their Sparkling Rose which won the World Sparkling Wine Championships in 2010. Camel Valley Vineyard welcome visitors to their estate where you can take advantage of a guided tour of the estate or purchase a glass of wine and enjoy it on the sun terrace soaking up the spectacular views.

Natural Beauty in Dorset

Dorset is home to the beautiful Purbeck Vineyard known for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This estate has a small vineyard with three thousand vines set in the most beautiful countryside setting, surrounded by natural beauty. Purbeck Vineyard also has a restaurant and visitors can take a self-guided tour before enjoying lunch in the restaurant or outside in the sunshine. The vineyard also offers lunch tours, where guests enjoy a guide tour finished with an outstanding lunch in their beautiful restaurant.

Largest Wine Producers Located in Surrey

Denbies Vineyard is one of the largest wine producers in the United Kingdom. This vineyard has been producing high quality wines since 1986 and is family owned and operated. Denbies want to make not only the most spectacular wines, but they also welcome visitors to their estate with a host of amenities and tours. The estate offers visitors the opportunity to take advantage of indoor and outdoor tours, making it an ideal outing throughout the year. They also have a gift shop, farm shop and brewery on site. The estate is open throughout the week where visitors can enjoy tastings and buy some bottles of this award-winning wine to take home with them.

The Spectacular Vineyards in Kent

Kent is home to two of England’s best vineyards. Chapel Down Vineyard in Tenterden has won numerous gold medals for their wine selection. This vineyard makes a good selection of red, white, rose and sparkling wines which are all available for tasting. Set in the Kent countryside, Chapel Down Vineyard is a fantastic place to visit when exploring the area. Their three guided tours which are offered daily give insight into the history of English wines, the production process and so much more. All tours are finished with a delicious tasting.

The other great place in Kent is Terlingham Vineyard. This vineyard is set in the most spectacular position overlooking the English Channel, only a short distance from the White Cliffs of Dover. Terlingham Vineyard produce hand crafted wines which are made using traditional methods and they produce some of the most amazing wines in the area today. Their wine shops is open every Saturday from 10.30am to 1pm and while they don’t offer tours, you are able to soak up some of the panoramic views this vineyard has to offer as you purchase your wine selection to take home with you.

A South Devon Delight

Located in Totnes in South Devon is the large Sharpham Vineyard, which sits on five hundred acres of farm land. A portion of this land is used to provide some of the best known award winning wines in England. Sharpham Vineyard are known for their fruity flavoured wines which can be tasted in every single step. With over twenty years of wine production experience, Sharpham Vineyard is a must when visiting the South Devon area. They offer tours throughout the year from Monday to Sunday during the summer season and Monday to Saturday during winter. Don’t miss out on this unique wine tasting opportunity when you’re next in Devon.

Bottoms up to English Wine Week 2011

We’re partnering with English Wine Producers to celebrate English Wine Week (May 28th-5th June) and the nation’s growing passion for locally produced English wine.

English Wine Week will showcase the best places to stay and the finest local vineyards, wine merchants and farm shops across the country. During the week, vineyards across the nation will be opening their doors to visitors, offering tours, tastings, special offers and other special events.

There are over 200 vineyards in England to choose from and we feature a stunning property in close proximity to virtually every one. So there’s no better time to book a relaxing break and see what English wine has to offer.

To get you in the mood, why not have a look at our recent feature on the top 5 UK vineyards.

For information on special events and participating outlets during English Wine Week – visit www.englishwineproducers.com

English Wine Week – The top 5 UK vineyards

We’re partnering with English Wine Producers to celebrate English Wine Week (May 28th-5th June) and the nation’s growing passion for locally produced English wine.

From the ‘Denbies’ in Surrey to Chilford Hall in Cambridgeshire, England is bursting with terrific vineyards that are fast becoming popular tourist attractions.

English Wine Week will showcase the best places to stay and the finest local vineyards, wine merchants and farm shops to experience across the country. During the week, vineyards across the nation will be opening their doors to welcome visitors, offering tours, tastings, special offers and hosting other special events.

With over 200 vineyards in England to choose from – and a cottages4you featured property in close proximity to virtually every one – there’s no excuse to not book a relaxing break to see what English wine has to offer.

To get you started on your wine tour, here’s our guide to the Top 5 vineyards that are open to the public and a few suggestions for nearby cottages that are currently available to book:

1. Yorkshire – Leventhorpe Vineyard

Woodlesford, Leeds, LS6 8AF


Open to visitors seven days a week (11am-4.30pm Mon-Sat and 12pm-4pm), this five acre vineyard and winery boasts a string of award winning wines.  It is recommended that you phone the owner in advance if planning a visit – 0113 288 9088

cottages4you property in close proximity to the vineyard:

Town End Farm Cottages, Airton, near Skipton, West Yorkshire

Property reference: IFW

Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, this property forms part of a barn conversion dating back to the 1800s. Exposed stonework, beams and arches are a feature in their well furnished interiors. The property is set on the owners’ working farm, upon which the owners run a farm shop where a selection of local produce and crafts can be purchased.

Price: £638 for seven nights self catering accommodation starting April 16, 2011, sleeps four people

2. Surrey – Denbies Wine Estate

Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA. T – 01306 734 651


Currently the UK’s largest single vineyard, with 265 acres under vine, this is big even by European Standards. Denbies offers a memorable day out, with a ‘train’ tour around the vineyard (over the summer months) and tours of the winery which include a 360˚ slide show with commentary, a train ride through the winery and a tutored tasting of some of Denbies’ wines (grape juice supplied for non-drinkers and children).

cottages4you property in close proximity to the vineyard:

Glebe, Cowfold, West Sussex

Property Reference: PMMQ

This spacious detached family home is conveniently located in a quiet residential area within the village of Cowfold. The holiday property enjoys a large lawned garden which overlooks unspoilt countryside, where deer, rabbits and other wildlife roam, and an array of birds are always to be seen in the grounds.

Price: £714 for seven nights self catering accommodation, staring April 1, 2011, sleeps nine people

3. Gloucestershire – Three Choirs Vineyards

Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1LS. T – 01531 890 223


Lose yourself in this beautiful part of the country, and easy access from the M50 and A40. Three Choirs boasts a 75 acre vineyard, shop (tasting available), restaurant and visitor’s centre. Vineyard trails available.  Three Choirs boasts countless awards and offer a warm welcome and delicious range of still and sparkling wines as well as an ale brewed on site. Wine tours and lunch packages available.

cottages4you property in close proximity to the vineyard:

Oriel Cottage, Great Malvern

Reference: 18844

This stone-built Victorian holiday cottage, attached to Oriel House, has been renovated and is approached by stone steps. Great Malvern offers theatre and drama festival, shopping, golf and recreational facilities. Nearby is Upton on Severn known for its jazz and folk festivals, with riverside pubs where visitors can relax in the evening. Visit the cathedral cities of Worcester or Hereford, whilst Gloucester, with its historical docks, Regency Cheltenham Spa and Stratford Upon Avon are all within easy reach.

Price: £478.00 for seven nights self catering starting on 8th April 2011. Sleeps four people.

4. Cornwall – Camel Valley Vineyard

Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5LG. T – 01208 77959


Family owned and run, Camel Valley’s father and son winemaking team have scooped many international and national awards for their sparkling and still wines over the last years. Situated in the beautiful Camel Valley, on a popular route for cyclists, Camel Valley is a great stopping point.  Shop and tastings available, and on Wednesday evenings they offer a Gold Experience tour of the vineyard and winery, taken by either Bob or Sam Lindo themselves, so you get the full story from the people in the know.

cottages4you property in close proximity to the vineyard:

Tawnawood, Cardinham, Bodmin, Cornwall

Property Reference: GTK

Equidistant from both of Cornwall’s spectacular coastlines and nestling in delightful woodland, this converted barn is set in beautiful landscaped gardens. Peacefully positioned on a private drive, the property has fine views across the valley towards the National Trust’s Lanhydrock House and its formal gardens. Beaches of both the north and south coast are approximately 15 miles away and offer fishing, sailing and surfing for the more adventurous.

Price: £278.00 for three nights self catering starting on 13th May 2011, sleeps four to six people

5. Cambrideshire – Chilford Hall Vineyard and winery

Linton, Cambridgshire, CB21 4LE. T – 01223 895 600


This vineyard dates back to the early 1970’s.  Tours are available each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays between 4th March and 31st October.  The Tours are at 10.30 am and 3.00 pm and last 90 minutes. A wine shop and a bistro are on site as well. A number of fairs and exhibitions take place in their conference centre, fashioned out of existing buildings.

cottages4you property in close proximity to the vineyard:

The Old Post Office Cottage, Widdington, near Saffron Walden

Property Reference: 25385

This detached Victorian cottage is ideally located in the centre of a pretty village, in a great walking and cycling area. Saffron Walden is one of England’s finest towns, packed with half-timbered medieval buildings, galleries, a twice weekly market and medieval maze. The property is also well situated for exploring Cambridge, Essex and Suffolk, with good transport links to London.

Price: £410.80 for seven nights self catering starting on 23rd April 2011, sleeps four people