It might be located in the peace and quiet of the Welsh countryside but one of the other many benefits to visiting Llanerch Vineyard is that it’s also only about a half-hour journey from Cardiff. That accessibility is pretty important when you consider how remote some other vineyards in the UK can be. This vineyard is the oldest in Wales and produces the grapes for a range of wines that span from off-dry white to sparkling blush. Extremely drinkable stuff.
Sure, it’s been the butt of many (mostly French) jokes for decades, but UK wine can be – whisper it – really rather good. From chardonnay in Dorset and organic vinos in Kent to sparkling blushes near Cardiff, there’s plenty of proof out there that we Brits aren’t just a nation of wine drinkers – we’re pretty darn good at making the stuff, too.
And better yet: plenty of the UK’s best vineyards are open to the public. A huge range of wineries can be found dotted throughout country, many with their own brilliant restaurants (featuring some marvellous set menus and pairings) and dazzling views of the British countryside.
Plenty of British wines can hold their own against the usual contenders in France, Italy, New Zealand and the like. Indeed, the country’s wine scene is growing all the time. Here are the very best vineyards and wineries to visit that’ll have you on the British wine bandwagon in no time.