‘Who needs California?’: The best vineyards in the UK named – ‘gorgeous’

Ashling Park discusses their award winning British vineyard

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With over 700 vineyards, 4,900 acres of the UK are covered by vineyards. And while vineyards that are opened to the public are great summer attractions, a small proportion are also open in the colder months, offering winter wine tasting sessions involving plenty of mulled wine.

The UK Vindex from Magnet has ranked the best vineyards in the UK, taking into account their facilities and reviews.

Coming top was Hampshire’s Hambledon Vineyard.

Hambledon is the oldest commercial vineyard in England and one of the top sparkling wine producers in the UK.

It was established in 1952 and now covers over 200 acres in the South Downs.

The vineyard is open to the public all year round and has plenty of winter activities for Britons who want to visit during the colder months.

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On Tripadvisor, user TweetyPieChirps said: “What a gem of a place!

“We had a lively, informative and warm visit to Hambledon.

“This is such an interesting place and would recommend it to anyone.

“Will remember for a long time and hope to revisit next year.”

Jane said: “We have been a number of winery tours all over the world, some of those also excellent but none gave us quite as much information as this one.”

User Ranniesgirl wrote: “It was a truly lovely experience tasting Hampshire local produce which we enjoyed in magnificent scenery right amongst the vines.

“Who needs California when you have the beautiful Hampshire downs? Highly recommend as a wonderful experience.”

The UK’s second-best vineyard was found to be Adgestone Vineyard on the Isle of Wight.

Adgestone is a small vineyard only covering 10 acres.

It’s the only vineyard producing blue sparkling wine in the country, if visitors want to try something truly different.

David wrote: “What an enjoyable afternoon we have just had at this stunning vineyard.

“The setting is nice and the tour was very good. The food was fantastic and very tasty alongside the wine. Would well recommend this as a visit.”

Rachel G said: “The blue fizz is gorgeous both in taste and colour.”


In third place was Chapel Down in Kent.

The vineyard offers guided tours and tastings, with rave reviews making this a top UK wine attraction.

Martyn J said: “We have today attended a Wine Tour. A glorious sunny October day.

“The tour was followed by an hour wine tasting. We tasted six different wines.

“A thoroughly enjoyable time. Needless to say, we purchased some of these wines to enjoy at home.”

Rounding up the top five were another two Kent vineyards, the Mount Vineyard and Kent’s original vineyard, established in 1969, Biddenden Vineyards.


The best vineyards in the UK

1. Hambledon Vineyard, Hampshire

2. Adgestone Vineyard, Hampshire (Isle of Wight)

3. Chapel Down, Kent

4. The Mount Vineyard, Kent

5. Biddenden Vineyards, Kent

6. Nutbourne Vineyards, Sussex

7. Squerryes, Kent

8. Albourne Estate, Sussex

9. Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey

10. Chartham Vineyard, Kent

11. Crouch Ridge Vineyard, Essex

12. Simpsons Wine Estate, Kent

13. Carr Taylor Vineyards, Sussex

14. Langham Wine Estate, Dorset

15. Gusbourne Estate, Kent

16. Tinwood Estate, Sussex

17. Woodchester Valley Vineyard, Gloucestershire

18. Greyfriars Vineyard, Surrey

19. Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, Sussex

20. Alder Vineyard, Devon

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