5 UK VINEYARDS WOR­THY OF A TOAST

Country Living (UK) - - Rural Producer -

LANGHAM, DORSET

In deep­est Hardy coun­try, this vine­yard takes a ‘low in­ter­ven­tion’ ap­proach to grape grow­ing – striv­ing to min­imise en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact while pro­duc­ing crisp qual­ity bub­bles (lang­hamwine.co.uk).

GIFFORDS HALL, SUF­FOLK

Craft­ing a smor­gas­bord of sparkling wine, rosé and fruity red, this fam­ily-run vine­yard on an ancient glacial riverbed in the vil­lage of Hartest reg­u­larly opens for grand tours and tast­ings (gif­ford­shall.co.uk).

RYEDALE, NORTH YORK­SHIRE

The most northerly com­mer­cial vine­yard in Bri­tain, Ryedale works with or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the RSPB to en­hance and pro­tect its wildlife. Along with tours and tast­ings, you can also stay on site (ryedale vineyards.co.uk).

COATES AND SEELY, HAMP­SHIRE

Craft­ing wine in small batches, this vine­yard owned by two friends takes full ad­van­tage of the English chalk ter­roir on which it sits – cre­at­ing bub­bles that have been served at Kens­ing­ton Palace (coate­sand­seely.com).

CAS­TLE BROOK, HERE­FORD­SHIRE

Tucked in the Wye Valley, the Cas­tle Brook vines were planted in 2004 on the site of an ancient Ro­man vine­yard. Now, this fourth­gen­er­a­tion fam­ily farm pro­duces tra­di­tion­ally styled cu­vée (cas­tle brookvine­yard.co.uk).

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