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11 incredible UK vineyards every wine lover should staycation at this year

You won’t believe these vineyard tours are on your doorstep

Kate Thomas

Dreaming of going abroad this summer, but worried about last-minute changes to the green list after what happened with Portugal? Join the club! Don't worry though - now that hospitality has opened back up on May 17, there's a host of wonderful vineyard stays on your doorstep.

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We've rounded up the best UK wine tasting experiences with overnight stays you can book now for this spring and summer. There are some amazing vineyards across England and Wales to discover – who needs Provence and Tuscany when you have these beauties nearby! 

British winemaking should not be underestimated; we're known for producing delicious sparkling wines, whites and rosés – and the market is steadily growing. And what better way to support UK businesses than by enjoying a glass of vino in the sunshine?

Chapel Down Wine Experience, Kent

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One of the UK's best-known winemakers, Chapel Down produces some of the most amazing sparkling and still wines, as well as award-winning beers and ciders. Take a tour of the vineyards and state-of-the-art winery, before tumbling into bed at Sissinghurst Farmhouse, a charming rustic B&B.

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Rathfinny Wine Estate, Sussex

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Famed for their Sussex Sparkling wine, this small vineyard is a real gem. Stay at the gorgeous, on-site Flint Barns for a romantic and rustic autumn getaway. It's also the perfect location for long hikes in the surrounding countryside (when you're not downing the vino, of course).

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Three Choirs Vineyards, Gloucestershire

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Three Choirs wine is a favourite tipple nation-wide – and their highly informative tour won't disappoint. There's a brasserie on-site for post-tasting refreshment and a great choice of accommodation, from log cabins to idyllic rooms overlooking the vineyards.

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Hush Heath Estate Winery, Kent

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Set across 400 acres of stunning Kent countryside, Hush Heath is best known for their famous Balfour Brut Rosé. Stay at the Goudhurst Inn on the estate, which boasts four boutique suites, locally-sourced food and dining room.

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Llanerch Vineyard, South Wales

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We bet you didn't think you could find vineyards like this in Wales! This charming venue in Hensol, South Wales is a farmhouse hotel cookery school and vineyard all rolled into one. Celebrated for their Cariad wines, this is a great option for foodies.

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Sharpham Wine and Cheese, Devon

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A great option for all the cheese-lovers out there. Aside from the winery, there's also a dairy farm on-site so your tour will include trying their internationally-loved cheeses. Boasting breathtaking views of the River Dart, there are plenty of local options to stay nearby.

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Kingscote Vineyards, East Sussex

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One of the most established winery experiences in the UK, this minibreak is perfect for visitors looking for an action-packed weekend, with walking and fishing available on site. The nearby Gravetye Manor is the perfect escape.

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Oxney Organic, East Sussex 

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Oxney is the largest single-estate producer of English organic wine. Their 35 acres of vines account for around 20 per cent of all organic grapes grown in the UK. Stay in the stunning Jacobean house in the vineyard itself or in their cosy shepherd's huts, or in nearby Stone Cum Ebony at The Oxney Barns.

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Secret Valley Vineyard Glamping, Somerset

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Fancy a bit of glamping? Secret Valley Vineyard is the ultimate destination for wine-lovers looking for a relaxing minibreak at the foot of the Quantock Hills in Somerset. Virgin Experiences is doing a cracking deal for a two-night stay for £135. Vineyard tours and tastings are also available.

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Gusbourne Vineyard

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The Nest at Gusbourne Estate is now open to visitors for vineyard tours, luxury picnic experiences and wine tastings. Just a 40-minute train ride from London St Pancras, the vineyard provides a picture perfect day out in the rolling hills of Kent. Gusborne, famed for producing award-winning sparkling wines, is the only three-time winner of the IWSC English Wine Producer of the Year - so you know you're in for a treat.

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Carr Taylor, Hastings 

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Carr Taylor has been producing award-winning English wines since 1971. Their sparkling and still wines are hand-picked, produced and bottled at their family vineyard in an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are some amazing deals to be had on wine-tasting tours right now, including £22 instead of £79 for a vineyard tour for two people (featuring an impressive lunch buffet) or £42 for four people - total bargain!

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