With English wine being on the up and up, we continue this week with our low-down on the Nation’s winemakers.
Three Choirs Vineyard
Three Choirs is an impressive, Gloucestershire-based vineyard, which offers the full British vineyard experience. What was once a half acre vineyard over forty years ago now boasts 75 acres dedicated to the nurture and growing of a wide variety of vines. It has its own winery, visitor centre, gift shop, à la carte restaurant, and guest accommodation currently standing at a count of 11 bedrooms.
An Award-Winning English Red Wine:
Three Choirs prides itself on perpetually keeping the vines as healthy as possible, shielding them with windbreaks, and maintaining the soil in which the vines are planted. In all, Three Choirs produces eleven bottles of wine and has under its belt awards for Winemaker of the Year.
Whilst many vineyards in the UK are becoming known in particular for their sparkling wines, such as Camel Valley, reviewed last week, Three Choirs on the other hand is this year making a name for itself with their English Red Wine.
Their Ravens Hill 2011 won Three Choirs the Best Red Wine Trophy at this year’s English & Welsh Wine of the Year 2014 awards, as announced last month.
This English red wine is blended in the main from Rondo and Regent grapes with a little Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, also thrown into the mix.
The Ravens Hill 2011 is a fruity, light to medium bodied red wine. Best enjoyed at room temperature or even a little chilled, this is a good drinking red. It has just a hint of oak as well as aromas of blackcurrant and cherries, and a touch of peppery-spice from the Regent grapes.
So, with this in mind, Three Choirs certainly stands out as a wonderful place for a winelover to visit.
Get The Most From Your Vineyard Visit:
The beautiful grounds are certainly deserving of exploration. Tours of the winery and vineyard, complete with wine tasting, are once daily, though a second, later tour may be offered according to demand. Of particular note is the vineyard nature trail tour, a specific tour catered for visitors to experience first-hand all of the unique flora and fauna that the vineyard has to offer.
Three Choirs also offers unique and high quality accommodation. All of their standard rooms offer views overlooking the vineyard and are available close to the restaurant and gift shop, whilst their new lodge rooms are situated amongst the vines themselves. Bustling with charm and character in atmospheric surroundings, these rooms are certainly one of a kind and you can even expect to receive a breakfast hamper every morning.
If only visiting for the day then be sure not to overlook a visit to the vineyard restaurant. Serving both lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday lunch, the restaurant prides itself on using predominantly local produce with the menu offering a great deal of choice that is sure to please everyone.
Nearby, you will find perhaps the most charming region in all of England, the Cotswolds. A part of the world which should be seen by everyone and for wine lovers in particular, Three Choirs would be a fantastic base from which to do so.
Join us again next week where we’ll be sharing light on another UK wine producer – Purbeck Vineyard in South-West Dorset.