Wine lovers will love discovering new English varieties in one of the warmest regions in the country. And the great thing is, experts are on hand to ensure you get to sample the best around. Coupled with incredible scenery, places to stay, and things to do, you’ll get more than you bargained for on a wine tour in Suffolk.
GIFFORDS HALL VINEYARD
Take a tour at Giffords Hall Vineyard and not only will the wine impress. If its location in the scenic Upper Stour Valley isn’t beauty enough for you, venture a little further and you’ll be transfixed by the picturesque ‘wool towns’ of Suffolk where a visit to a gallery, antique shop, or historic house is compulsory.
If with a group of friends or family, join the Grand Tour and learn about grape varieties and how wine is produced, followed by a well-deserved tasting of handpicked wines and liqueurs. Dogs on a lead are welcome too!
VALLEY FARM VINEYARDS
Valley Farm Vineyards are nestled in an idyllic corner of Suffolk at Wissett near the Suffolk Coast where mature vines produce quality grapes for white, rosé, or a sparkling blush. Take a tour and then enjoy a chat whilst tasting some of their favourite wines. All the wines can be bought at the ‘cellar door or delivered on request.
For a shopping, eating and wine experience rolled into one, Wyken Vineyard is hard to beat. Its welcoming and stylish homeware shop has carefully selected crafts, clothes, books, and household goods. Its renowned restaurant, The Leaping Hare, is effortlessly stylish, as is its food, and as you would expect offers a great selection of wine, straight from the vineyard. You are welcome to venture around the vineyard through beautiful ancient woodlands. Before you head off, don’t forget to select your favourite variety from the shop; top tip – their sparkling wine Moonshine won ‘The East Anglian Wine of the year in 2017!
If you’re really into your grape varieties, then Shawsgate has experienced help on hand, it’s one of East Anglia’s oldest commercial vineyards. Top up your knowledge and learn about the history and production of wine during a tour of the vineyard– you’ll be blown away by their passion!
This vineyard is situated on the Shotley peninsula with views overlooking both the Orwell and Stour estuaries. There are several different tours that take place at the vineyard, including a tour and pizza, which is definitely one for the whole family to enjoy.