When you think of vineyards, sun drenched rolling hills probably come to mind. Postcard perfect Argentinian, Californian or Tuscan landscapes perhaps. Truth is, you can find some of the world’s premier wines much closer to home, in some of the UK’s best vineyards. 

The UK is home to over 500 commercial vineyards and more than 160 wineries, taking up nearly 9,000 acres of land. Some of the varieties we are best known for include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The UK’s largest wine-producing region is the South East of England, home to 76% of all UK wine produce.
There are over 150 vineyards open to the public in the UK. From small, family-run operations to large scale commercial vineyards, we’ve picked the best of the bunch (pun intended) that are simply must-visits for any wine lover.

Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey

Leafy Surrey is home to England’s largest vineyard. Denbies is world renowned, with more than a few prestigious awards to its name, including a Gold medal at the 2018 international Decanter Awards. Take a daily guided tour around the vineyard by train and soak in stunning views of the North Downs while learning about wine making. Or, take advantage of the 265-acre estate’s seven miles of public footpaths to explore the vineyard at your own pace. For those who want to experience wine making close up, book one of the estate’s grape picking experiences. Finish your visit with a delicious meal or afternoon tea in one of two onsite restaurants. Or why not extend your visit and stop over for a night or two at Denbies’ Farmhouse B&B. 

Langham Wine Estate, Dorset

Langham, situated just north of Dorchester is a must visit for wine aficionados. Committed to environmentally conscious wine making practices, the vineyard even makes vegan friendly wines. Grapes are hand picked and processed on site. Langham is known for its award winning sparkling wines such as the 2019 WineGB Gold medal winning Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay. Enjoy a two hour guided tour around the vineyard, followed by lunch or afternoon tea in the traditional 19th century milking parlour. In autumn, you can get up close and personal with Langham’s wine making practices with Harvest Experiences that include grape picking, working the loading press and meeting the team.

Oxney Organic Estate, East Sussex