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We've rounded up the best UK vineyard staycations 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 on your doorstep!
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
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.
Book now via Virgin Experience Days
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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. It's also the perfect location for long hikes in the surrounding countryside (when you're not downing the vino, of course).
Take a look at Booking.com
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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.
Discover more at Threechoirs.co.uk
Hush Heath Estate Winery, Kent
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.
Book now via Virgin Experience Days
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, this is a great option for foodies.
For more information, visit Booking.com
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Sharpham Wine and Cheese, Devon
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.
Find out more at Sharpham.com
Kingscote Vineyards, East Sussex
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.
Book now via Kingscote Estate
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.
Book now via oxneyestate.com.
Secret Valley Vineyard Glamping, Somerset
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.
Book now via virginexperiences.co.uk.
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.
Book now at gusbourne.com/tours
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