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Bed, breakfast and Bacchus

Posted in FOOD + DRINK By Maggie O' Sullivan

Glass of white wine with grapes©KaranDaev

What better way to celebrate English Wine Week (28 May-5 June) than with a visit to an English vineyard? And if you’re worried about driving home afterwards, there’s a simple solution: an increasing number of vineyards are now offering accommodation. Here are five of the best:

Denbies Wine Estate, SurreyDenbies Wine Estate, Surrey

Family-owned Denbies in the Surrey Hills is England’s largest single estate vineyard, producing 14 wines, including the biggest and second biggest-selling English wines, Surrey Gold and Flint Valley. As well as its daily programme of tours and visits, the estate is offering several special events during English Wine Week, including a Wine & Cheese Walk through the vines. The estate’s original farmhouse offers b&b, with breakfast served in a conservatory overlooking the estate’s 265 acres of vines. From £98 Sun-Thurs; from £105 Fri-Sat.Three Choirs Vineyards, GloucestershireThree Choirs Vineyards, Gloucestershire 

Set in 74 acres in the beautiful Forest of Dean, Three Choirs (which gets its name from the Three Choirs Choral festival held between Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester) is one of the largest commercial wineries in England and was the first English vineyard to be awarded a Gold medal at Vinexpo in Bordeaux. Accommodation is offered in eight bedrooms and three lodges overlooking the rolling landscape; breakfast is either a hamper served to your door or a cooked breakfast in the vineyard’s restaurant. £140 Sun-Thurs; £165 Fri-Sat.Valley Farm Vineyards, SuffolkValley Farm Vineyards, Suffolk

Valley Farm, in the heart of the Waveney Valley, produces quality grapes for still white and rosé, sparkling white, still blush and sparkling blush.  Tutored tours with a tasting session are available for groups of six; otherwise visitors are welcome to explore on their own with a chat and tasting afterwards. Accommodation is in the delightful Noah’s Ark (sleeps eight in four bedrooms), a converted Victorian barn next to the vineyards. It’s self-catering but there’s a restaurant two miles away – and you won’t be short of something to drink. From £460 per week.Adgestone Vineyard, Isle of WightAdgestone Vineyard, Isle of Wight

Adgestone Vineyard was established in 1968, the chalky south-facing slopes and almost frost-free microclimate of Brading Down, on the island's east coast, proving ideal for vines. B&b is offered in two rooms with breakfast served in the 10-acre estate’s woodland-style café. From £75 per night, based on twin occupancy June-Sept; from £85 during the Isle of Wight Festival.The Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Berkshire

If you’re more interested in what vineyards produce than in the vines themselves, then The Vineyard Hotel might be more up your street: this five-star ‘wine hotel’ in Stockcross has more than 30,000 bottles in its cellars, with more than 100 wines to taste by the glass. The hotel is owned by the Michael family, who also own the Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma, and each of the 49 suites and bedrooms are named after an iconic wine. From £194-£673 per night.

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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