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Vineyards to visit in spring

Susy Atkins shares her three must-visit vineyards this season
vineyards to visit this spring, Trevibban Mill, Padstow
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Drinks pro Susy Atkins shares her vineyards to visit in spring; get in early before the crowds descend for English Wine Week

English wine tourism has never been more popular. Where many vineyards once only opened their doors to the public during English Wine Week (starts third Saturday in June), many now offer tasting experiences on‑site throughout the season. Things really get going in spring, and it’s a great time to visit before the crowds gather later. Book a tour or tasting, dine at the vineyard or simply grab a glass to sip while sitting close to where the fruit was grown. Here are three of my favourites to drop in on this season.

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Langham Wine Estate, Dorset

North east of Dorchester is the impressive Langham Estate, renowned for its very fine Champagne‑method sparkling wines. You can taste there, take a guided tour around the vineyard or pitch up at an event in the haybarn – Fizz Fridays are especially popular (so book in advance). Open from March 1.

Susy’s top drop: Langham Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Pinot Noir 2019

Harvesting grapes at Sandridge Barton

Sandridge Barton, Devon

This is the new home of Sharpham Wine – it moved to this site in Stoke Gabriel near Totnes two years ago. It’s a large vineyard where you could while away a few hours. Next to the winery where premium wines (still and sparkling) are made there’s also a great restaurant, Circa, plus a tasting room, wine and cheese shop, vineyard tours and even holiday cottages. Open daily from March‑December.

Susy’s top drop: Sandridge Barton Classic Cuvée 2020

Trevibban Mill

Trevibban Mill Cornish Vineyard and Orchards, Cornwall

Only three miles from Padstow, Trevibban has a wonderfully spacious and airy tasting room with great views – one to hole up in and sample the fine wines, ciders and juices produced there. They also make chocolate to die for and have an on‑site restaurant, Barnaby’s, owned by the Prawn on the Lawn team. The tasting room is open from March 1.

Susy’s top drop: Trevibban Mill Black Ram Red 2021

Enjoyed finding out which vineyards to visit in spring? Check out our round-up of South West wineries.

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