If you're looking for a weekend mini break, and you're looking to stay in the uk, there's a host of wonderful vineyard stays available right on your doorstep this summer - and they won't break the bank, either.
We've rounded up the best UK wine tasting experiences with overnight stays you can book now for 2023 and beyond. 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; The UK is 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?
How we chose the best vineyard wine tours in the uk
- Location: Obviously, UK only. But we wanted each location to fit with a possible holiday. There are so many beautiful areas in the UK and these options below could fit right into a week-long holiday.
- Affordability: Wine tasting should be for everyone, no matter your budget.
- Gifting options: Below you'll find plenty of gifting options for friends and loved ones, or your other half.
Chapel Down Wine Experience, Kent
One of the UK's best-known winemakers, Chapel Down produces some of the most amazing sparkling and still wines. Take a tour of the vineyards and state-of-the-art winery, before tumbling into bed at Sissinghurst Farmhouse, a charming rustic B&B.
Rathfinny Wine Estate, Sussex
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. Rathfinny Wine Estate is also the perfect location for long hikes in the surrounding countryside (when you're not downing the vino, of course).
Balfour Winery, Kent
Set across 400 acres of stunning Kent countryside, Balfour Winery 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 a dining room.
Holmfirth Vineyard, West Yorkshire
Holmfirth Vineyard is a Yorkshire gem with incredible views of the Holme Valley. The best part about a visit to the seven-acre vineyard has to be its stunning restaurant with panoramic views. BUYAGIFT usually has a fabulous deal available: £67 for a vineyard tour and wine tasting for two people.
Llanerch Vineyard, South Wales
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, Llanerch Vineyard is the perfect retreat for any foodies out there.
Sandridge Barton, Devon
Sandridge Barton, the home of Sharpham wines, is 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.
Bolney Wine Estate, Sussex
The stunning Bolney Wine Estate has a huge range of tours available - you can even go virtually! Virgin Experiences has come up trumps with a £130 Grand Gourmet Tour for two, which includes a two-course seasonal lunch and a tour of the 18-acre grounds, not to mention tasting opportunities galore to try their award-winning red, white, rosé and sparkling wines.
Kingscote Vineyards, East Sussex
One of the most established winery experiences in the UK, this Kingscote Vineyards 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.
Oxney Organic, East Sussex
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.
Secret Valley Vineyard Glamping, Somerset
Fancy a bit of glamping? Secret Valley Vineyard is the ultimate destination for wine-lovers looking for a relaxing mini break 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.
Three Choirs Vineyards, Gloucestershire
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.
Gusbourne Vineyard, Kent
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.
Carr Taylor, Hastings
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.
Ridgeview, East Sussex
Situated in the beautiful South Downs, Ridgeview has been producing world-class sparkling wine for 25 years. They were one of the first English vineyards to focus solely on the production of sparkling wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grape varieties Tours last 1.5 hours and promise killer views. Treat yourself to a romantic weekend away and stay in this super cute Duck Lodge B&B complete with hot tub.
Stanlake Park Wine Estate
Located near Twyford, Stanlake Park is set across 150 acres of picturesque grounds and approached by a sweeping tree-lined driveway. The tour includes six wines - white, rosé, red and sparkling. There's also a Wine & Cheese Tour if you're feeling a little peckish! Stay on-site in a luxurious four-bedroom villa - how pretty is it?
Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey
We couldn't not mention Denbies Wine Estate, located near Dorking. Great for a day trip out of London, the popular site attracts 300,000 visitors a year and boasts 265 acres under vines. Roll into bed at the Denbies Vineyard Hotel, England's first carbon-neutral vineyard hotel.