We’ve always been advocates of local produce, and that’s no different when it comes to wine! We have gathered 10 of the best vineyards in Devon, so you can go and try their own Devonshire wine yourself.
Have we forgotten any? Let us know in the comments!
Eastcott Vineyard, Okehampton
Eastcott is a small family run business, which has been growing grapes and making delicious English wines on the same site in West Devon for many years. A combination of the best age-old traditions with modern equipment afforded them the end to end control that they believe is essential for the production of small volume high quality wines. They have nurtured the grapes with intensive hands on care throughout the year until they were hand-picked in the very best tradition.
Alder Vineyard, Okehampton
The family at Alder Vineyard has been living there for well over one hundred years. In 2009 three generations of their family joined forces to transform a small part of the estate into a flourishing Devon vineyard. They pride themselves on growing only the finest English grapes to produce the perfect English wine for all to enjoy.
Pebblebed Vineyard, Exeter
At Pebblebed both sparkling and still wines are produced and they regularly win medals and awards in local and national competitions. In particular, English Sparkling is now widely recognised as some of the best in the World and tastings have shown Pebblebed Sparkling is amongst the best in England. However they are proud of their still white, rose and pinot noir red which definitely need tasting!
Roger and Juliet White bought the vineyard in 1994, which at the time had no buildings at all on it, and since then they have built:
– A private house to live in, using traditional materials.
– A vineyard shop and office.
– A complete winery to make the wine onsite.
– Most recently, a café with a lovely outdoor terrace looking out over the beautiful river Exe valley.
They have also expanded the vineyard from the original 1.5 acres of mature vines to over 7.5 acres. As well as the vineyard, there is a mature orchard with many apple trees, from which excellent cider is made.
Oldwalls Vineyard, Bishopsteignton
Oldwalls Vineyward run a fantastic vineyard tour set in the beautiful hills of Devon hills overlooking the River Teign.
This includes a walking tour of the vineyard, taking in the vines and the history of Old Walls, access to the winery to see how the wine is made and an immersive wine tasting session with their winemaker. Make sure you visit!
Carey Valley Wines, Ashwater
Uphill Vineyard nestles on the slopes of the Carey Valley on the outskirts of Ashwater on the western border of Devon; a stones throw from the river Tamar and a few miles from Launceston. Carey Valley Wines have five acres of land gently sloping towards the river Carey at our southern boundary. Although they have only a portion of the ground planted with vines so far, there is lots of room for expansion.
Lyme Bay Winery, Axminster
Lyme Bay Winery are a small, dedicated West Country company passionate about producing delicious and award-winning English Wines, Fruit Wines, Ciders, Meads and Liqueurs from thier home in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley.
Under the watchful eye of their brilliant winemaking team and using secret blends of local ingredients, they take great care crafting traditional recipes into award-winning drinks, tailored to the 21st-century palette. Each of these are fermented, blended and aged, as appropriate, right here at the Winery.
Brickhouse Vineyard, Exeter
Brickhouse Vineyard is the latest addition to the English vineyards map. This Devon vineyard is situated between the Eastern slopes of Haldon Hill and the River Exe estuary, making the most of the English climate and fertile red soil in a simply stunning location.
The estate includes 20 acres of fields, woodlands, ponds and organic gardens with its own microclimate which is just perfect for growing a range of grapes including Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, which are the principle grape varieties used in production of our white and rosé wines. Be sure to put them on your Devon vineyard tours list!
Sidbury Vineyard, Sidbury
Sidbury Vineyard can be found nestled within the Sid Valley just on the outskirts of Sidbury Village which itself is 3 miles from the seaside town of Sidmouth. The vineyard lies within the scenic East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, currently taking up 2 acres of a southerly facing slope, protected from the cooler winds by the natural contours of the valley.
harpham Wine and Cheese, Totnes
Classic English wines are produced at Sharpham vineyard as a result of a happy marriage of soil, climate and grape variety known as terroir, and nature has bestowed her gifts freely upon Sharpham. In the winery, Sharpham employ both New World and traditional techniques to best develop their unique regional characteristics. Their tally of International Awards confirms their position as one of England’s foremost quality wine producers. Sharpham invite you to visit, sample, and make up your own minds about their fine English wine.