Rye is to the English wine community what the Napa Valley is to California. Sort of. Oxney Organic Estate is a winery and vineyard near the town that also happens to be the largest single-estate producer of English organic wine – not just in that region but in the entirety of the UK. Blessed with 35 acres of vines, Oxney is a wine lover’s paradise and a great place to have daydreams about one day starting your own little vintage. Weary travellers can stay and experience the local terroir for themselves by spending a night in one of Oxney’s on-site shepherd’s huts – something that’s probably recommended after you’ve nailed a couple of bottles of plummy pinot noir.
The UK isn’t usually the first place that people think of when it comes to wine. Way above the UK in that hierarchy are countries like France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Chile and Australia.
It makes sense. For one, the UK’s climate isn’t the most hospitable for grape vines. And geographically speaking, there are only really a few areas of the nation with enough space for the grapes to thrive and eventually turn into something drinkable. That being said, there are still some brilliant vineyards and wineries in the UK – and plenty that will transport you so you feel like you’re much further afield.