14 of the Best Vineyard Tours

Enjoy a spring or summer’s day at one of the region’s beautiful vineyards

The UK’s wine industry has a growing reputation, rivalling some of the world’s  top wine producers. Sample one of the region’s finest, learn more about the growing process or pick up a bottle with a tour at one of the East’s vineyards. 

Weststreet Vineyard

West Street Wine Barn, West Street, Coggeshall, CO6 1NS

Nestled in the countryside of charming Coggeshall, the vineyard offers multiple ways to experience their wine. Sample from the tasting wall or choose to join their Saturday workshop. Tours are available for two or more people, which last one hour and comprise of six English wines. If you’re peckish stop by for brunch, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea! www.weststreetvineyard.co.uk


Saffron Grange

Rowley Hill Farm, Saffron Walden, CB10 1UZ

Saffron Grange is a family-run vineyard located just 1.5 miles from the historic market town of Saffron Walden. The chalky soil on site tells its own historic story and was once roamed by woolly mammoths at the end of the last ice age. Today the same soil at the vineyard grows the highest quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Seyval Blanc and Pinot Gris grapes to make premium sparkling wines. Saffron Grange is currently going through an exciting period of growth with their doors opening to the public for the very first time this summer offering tours and tastings by appointment from June through to October with the opportunity to purchase their limited edition sparkling wines. www.saffrongrange.com

Saffron Grange

New Hall Wines

Chelmsford Road, Purleigh, Chelmsford, CM3 6PN

One of the oldest vineyards in England, the family-run establishment has been producing wine since 1969. It’s open to the public Monday to Saturday for wine tasting in the Cellar Shop and a tour of the Vineyard Trail where visitors can learn more about English wine and the vineyard’s history. www.newhallwines.co.uk

Dedham Vale Vineyard

Green Lane, Colchester, CO4 5TS

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the vineyard features 40 acres of vines, woods and pasture. Visitors can explore the winery with a tour and tasting where you’ll hear about the vines and wine making process. Lunch is included too! www.dedhamvalevineyard.com

Giffords Hall

Hartest, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 4EX

The vineyard is perfect for a summer’s day out. Join one of its grand tours  which includes a tasting of three wines and three liqueurs. Personalised and private tours for groups of eight or more can also be booked. Don’t leave without a browse of the vineyard shop. www.giffordshall.co.uk

Wyken Vineyard

Wyken Hall, Wyken Road, Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 2DW

So much more than just a vineyard, Wyken’s is also home to a country store, beautiful gardens, farmers’ market and restaurant. Wander through the vineyard from the Leaping Hare over to Home Meadow and through an ancient woodland. Wines can be purchased from the well-stocked store. www.wykenvineyards.co.uk

Shawsgate Vineyard

Badingham Road, Woodbridge, IP13 9HZ

The vineyard offers a choice of tour and tasting experiences, which can also include lunch or afternoon tea. Visit the shop to mix and match a case of your favourite wines! www.shawsgate.co.uk

Valley Farm Vineyards

Rumburgh Road, Wissett, Halesworth, IP19 0JJ

The eight acre vineyard produces vintage, single estate, still and sparkling wines. A variety of tours are available offering customers the chance to sample wines and learn more about the vineyard. www.valleyfarmvineyards.co.uk

Chet & Waveney Vineyard

Loddon Road, Bergh Apton, NR15 1BT

The family run vineyard produces both still and sparkling wines. Tours and tastings are available by appointment. For a one off experience visit for the grape harvest in late September/early October, followed by a supper to celebrate the vendange. www.chetvineyard.co.uk

Flint Vineyard

Camphill Farm, Middle Rd, Earsham, Bungay NR35 2AH

Owned by Ben and Hannah Witchell, the vineyard has had tremendous success within just a few short years. Thanks to the sheltered and sunny slopes of the Waveney Valley the vineyard is producing one of the best Bacchus in the region. Every Saturday at 10am, visitors can enjoy a personally guided tour through the vineyard and winery, learning first-hand the detail of growing vines and making wine. A discovery tour is also available, plus the option of adding the ’15 Mile’ lunch which features the best of local produce. www.flintvineyard.com

Winbirri Vineyard

Bramerton Road, Surlingham, NR14 7DE

Learn about the wine and vineyard from head winemaker Lee Dyer, who will show you around the vineyards and provide an insight into the history, care of the vines and the grapes grown in this part of the region. If you’re passionate about wine, enquire about ‘The W Club’ which offers members exclusive discounts and a hands-on experience during the harvest season. www.winbirri.com

Humbleyard Vineyard

Paddock Farm Shop, Mulbarton, NR14 8JT

With a history dating back to the Anglo-Saxon times, the lands of the vineyard have a story to tell. Pick up a map at the farm shop and meander through the grounds on a self-guided tour, before picking up one of the award-winning wines at the shop. www.humbleyardenglishwine.co.uk

Chilford Hall

Balsham Road, Cambridge CB21 4LE

Perhaps one of the most popular vineyards in the East, it is open to visitors from March to October, with tours taking place throughout the open season. The pretty vineyard is home to 17,000 vines of nine different varieties!  www.chilfordhall.co.uk

Warden Abbey Vineyard

Bedford Road, Biggleswade, SG18 9LS

It’s not often you come across a community run vineyard. Leased by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity, it produces a handful of medal winning wines. Unfortunately it’s not open to the public and tours can only be booked in advance. However, you can support the vineyard by attending one of its open days or ‘Walking in the Monks’ Footsteps’ tours, which discusses Warden Abbey and the medieval vineyard. www.wardenvineyard.org.uk


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