When you think of the world’s greatest wine growing regions you probably picture the rolling Tuscan hills or sunny Californian countryside rather than the vineyards in East Anglia. But truth be told, the UK has a thriving wine industry of its own which is gaining international recognition for both its sparkling and its still offerings.
Taking place between 2 – 10 June, East Anglia sees the climax of English Wine Week, a celebration of the 124 wineries in the UK that produce more than three million bottles annually.
With over 60 vineyards in the region we are spoilt for choice. Giffords Hall Vineyard in Suffolk – with their award winning rose – are holding their annual Giffords Hall Vineyard Food & Drink Day on Saturday 29 June, from 10am until 6pm, with over thirty of the highest quality local producers showcasing their delicious, local produce along with Wyken Vinyard and Gardens near Bury St Edmunds who won English Wine of the Year for their white "Wyken Bacchus".
If wine is not your tipple of choice why not visit St Georges Distillery at the English Whisky Co, the first distillery in England in over 100 years, and part of Norfolk's heritage. The distillery is open to the public 7 days a week and is well worth a visit. Do a tour to see the gleaming copper stills or just have a drink in the shop where you can also find over 200 different whiskies for sale.