Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tours in Norfolk and Suffolk
Shotley Vineyard, near Ipswich
The 16-acre Shotley Vineyard is home to 15,000 vines, where Bacchus, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Auxerrois, Rondo, Ortega, Seyval Blanc and Reichensteiner grapes ripen in the sun.
Wander around – and take in the views – on a guided tour followed by a narrated tasting, which includes their Bacchus and Pinot Noir.
There is the option to stay for a bite to eat by adding a pasture box or afternoon tea.
Plus, during the summer, the Vineyard hosts pop-ups like the Que and Hollar Smokehouse and Taste of Naples Pizza, and on the last Friday of the month there’s a Surprise Supper Club, featuring local and wild ingredients. in collaboration with Jessica Noy, aka the game warden’s daughter.
Babu’s Vineyard, Weston Longville
Babu’s Vineyard was planted on an acre of land by Peter Ross as a retirement project in 2009 – and it also produces award-winning wines at its back garden wine estate.
The vineyard is planted mainly with Solaris and Rondo grape varieties, the grapes being used for the production of whites and rosés.
A visit with tasting costs £15, with an additional £10 lunch.
Bespoke tours can also be arranged – dates are available on request.
And if you want to get even more involved and help with the harvest in September, with a Gallic picker’s lunch included, contact Peter via their website to register.
Winbirri Vineyard, Surlingham, near Norwich
Learn which grapes thrive in East Anglian soil, how they are cared for and how they are made into award-winning wines on a tour of Winbirri Vineyard with Head Winemaker, Lee Dyer.
His Winbirri Bacchus was the world’s best white wine from a single varietal in 2017 – and his highly anticipated 2021 vintage was released earlier this month.
Other varietals grown on its 34 acres include Chardonnay, Solaris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Dornfelder, Rondo and Regent.
Lee will explain how to turn grapes into white, red and English sparkling wine – ending, of course, with a tasting of a selection of Winbirri wines.
Tours cost £27.50 per person and customers can add cheese and charcuterie platters to accompany their wine.
The pretty Wine Garden Bar is also open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. so guests can enjoy a glass of wine with a view of the vines that produced them.
Codock Hall, near Ipswich
The owners of Copdock Hall, near Ipswich, describe it as a ’boutique vineyard’.
On their half-acre, they grow two white grape varieties, Bacchus and Solaris, which are blended for their white wine, Foster’s Fate, and the dark-skinned Rondo grape, which goes into their still rosé.
They also make a sparkling rosé, Tudor Rose, and produce their own gin, Queen Bess, which is infused with Copdock Hall grapes to give it a sweeter, fruitier flavor and a pink hue.
Wine tours, lectures, and tastings are available — and can be accompanied by afternoon tea or light lunches.
Chet Valley Vineyard, Bergh Apton
Based on a traditional family farm, Chet Valley Vineyard produces award-winning sparkling, white and rosé wines.
One of Norfolk’s first commercial winemakers, John Hemmant takes visitors through all aspects of viticulture and winemaking, from planting the vines to tasting the wines.
Tours take place between April and October and cost £25 per person. They last two hours and include a commented tasting of five wines from Chet Valley Vineyard.
Guests can also add a lunch platter – choose from a meat and cheese platter with Marsh Pig charcuterie, a fish platter from Bunnings or a vegetarian/vegan platter.
They also offer luxury picnics for two (including Chet Valley Vineyard wine, of course) or you can also make it a stay at the Vine House, a characterful retreat in a converted stable, surrounded by the vines themselves. themselves.
Valley Farm Vineyards, Wissett near Halesworth
Nestled in the Suffolk countryside, Valley Farm Vineyards specialize in growing varietals for still and sparkling white and rosé wines – Madeleine Angevine, Pino Gris, Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.
Tours of this eight-acre site with its 3,000 refurbished vintage vines include a 90-minute guided walk around the vines and wine tasting for £25.
A longer tour and tasting for £30 gives visitors the option of bringing their own picnic as well.
If you want your picnic provided, plus the full tour and tasting, tickets are £40.
And there’s also the option of enjoying a tour and tasting followed by the baking of your own bespoke wood-fired pizza for £45.
You can also stay at their charming cabin-in-the-vineyards, the Grape Escape.
Flint Vineyard, Earsham, near Bungay
Wine tours are a specialty at award-winning Flint Winery in Earsham, near Bungay.
The vineyard was created in 2016 and guided tours take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer and until September.
The tour passes through the vineyards and the purpose-built cellar where the mysteries of winemaking are revealed, and ends with the all-important tasting session where you can sample Bacchus, Silex Blanc, Pinot Noir Précoce and Charmat. Pink.
Guided tours cost £25 or £49.50 including lunch.
Alternatively, the Cellar Door boutique and tasting room is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shawsgate Vineyard, near Framlingham
Take a tour of one of East Anglia’s oldest commercial vineyards, which produces a range of English white, red, rose and sparkling wines.
Guided tours can be purchased as gifts for the wine lover in your life and include a vineyard tour and tasting lasting almost two hours (£33 for two), or a four-day experience hours with lunch (£86 for two).
Tours take place on Saturdays in July, August and September.
Humbleyard Vineyard, Mulbarton
Humbleyard has 10,000 vines planted on eight acres, producing white, rosé and sparkling wines.
The first vines were planted in 2010 on the site of an orchard and today there are nine grape varieties including Solaris, Bacchus, Rondo and Pinot Noir.
Its wine tours and tastings, which include wine and appetizers, run from July to September.
While most tours this summer are already fully booked, maps for self-guided tours are available at the farm shop, open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Burn Valley Vineyard, North Creake
On Burn Valley Vineyard’s 12 acres, they have 17,000 vines and grow nine different varieties, which thrive in their chalky soil – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Bacchus, Solaris, Sable Blanc, Regent, Rondo and Sayval.
They organize wine tastings under their marquee from Thursday to Sunday at 11 am or 2 pm between April and September.
It costs £25, which includes tasters of up to six Burn Valley wines, plus a seafood, charcuterie or cheese platter with bread, oils or olives.
There are also regular tastings with the winemakers (from £45), which include a guided tour of the cellar and vineyard with one of their winemakers, an in-depth tasting and a platter.
Their popular steak nights and not-so-secret dinners are already sold out for the summer season, but any last-minute availability will be posted online.
Giffords Hall, Bury St Edmunds
Giffords Hall is a family owned vineyard planted on the site of a former glacial riverbed.
Planted more than 25 years ago, the vines are now in their prime and each vintage is produced in small vats and barrels.
You can learn all about the growing and winemaking process and taste some of their wines and liqueurs on one of their group tours (£25), which take place monthly during the summer.
Private tours can be arranged, with the option of adding a cheese platter.