Absolutely fantastic. We stayed for a night at Three Choirs in one of their lodges which was beautiful. Nice and... secluded with a massive bed and a bath. We both slept well and being woken up by bird song, pheasants and bunny rabbits darting around outside was idyllic.We also stayed for a tasting and a tour. The wine was great. I've never had English dessert wine before and it was delicious. Dinner was also superb. Nice tapas style dishes with plenty of vegetarian options.The staff were also lovely and incredibly friendly.You should book. You won't regret itread more
If you want to get away from it all (and who doesn't, with the Covid madness that is raging as I post this?) then... seriously consider coming here. We took a two-night stay, booking a lodge room. I can't speak for the other accommodation, obviously, but the quiet is incredible - occasional pheasant notwithstanding... the lodge rooms are about 500 yards from the main building, down a well-lit gravel road, in the centre of the vineyard. The room was immaculately clean, spacious, and the ensuite bathroom (big claw-foot bath and walk-in shower) is perfect. The underfloor heating is wonderful. Around you, pheasants, moorhens, rabbits and other birds are not terribly disturbed by your presence, as you walk around the vineyard. Sitting on the adirondack chairs outside (even in winter sunshine) the quiet is so relaxing. I imagine you might spend an awful lot of time out here in the summer months. The bed is extremely firm, be prepared for that, but I can't fault it, otherwise.The restaurant is pristine, tables well spaced, and the staff are very efficient. It serves Tapas, with a wide menu, and everything freshly cooked. Portion sizes are generous, the preparation is really good, and very tasty. Have a glass of their cuvee to start with, it's excellent, and you get a large glass, too! Didn't want Tapas two nights running, so we found a local pub for our second night. You order your breakfasts (and choose times) beforehand, and a big plus for me was that marmite was included, I didn't have to ask for it...The wine tour - included in the price - was very informative, and it must be great to be here when bottling is happening. Generous tasting of 5 wines gives you a great idea of what they produce, all of which are on sale in their shop.All in all, an excellent stay. If the world settles down, I'd love to do the this again in the summerread more
Oh my...what a little gem of a place! We had a drink out on the lawn...1st time we've cooled down in 2 weeks!Then went... inside for food. The menu is Tapas style. Plenty of choice for meat eaters, cheese and fish lovers and vegetarians as well. We had a bottle of the sparkling wine...fruity, crisp and delicious and we tried the 2 reds that the vineyard produce...Ravenhill coming out on top. It is a little pricey but it makes a great place as a treat or special occasion. Definitely worth it. The staff are lovely and we had the best waitress Sharon...she was friendly and chatty. Overall best night out in a long time! We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Well done 👍😊read more
This was the best location I have ever been to in England. You would be mistaken for being in a vineyard in the South... of France. We stayed one night in the lodge cabin. Cosy, really clean, great facilities and amazing views. Breakfast was outstanding with many options. The wine tasting was fantastic. We learnt very quickly what wine to buy and what to avoid. Jill who did the wine tour was so amazing, very welcoming and answered all our questions and took the time to help us with whatever we needed. I would a million percent recommend this place. Hopefully one day they do wedding bookings as it would be an amazing location for it.read more
We fell in love with the vineyard setting when we visited Napa Valley a few years ago. We were so excited to find a... British vineyard that would allow us to relive the experience.I do agree that the accommodation could be upgraded, and could be more luxurious. However, at this price point, it would be impossible to not give 5 stars!We normally have to explain to every single member of staff about our diet requirements, and at every meal. At the Three Choirs - I only mentioned it at check in, and every meal was planned around our needs in advance. This made the experience a lot more relaxing. And the food was fantastic, they did a great job of catering for vegans at such short notice. The breakfast was amazing!read more
Once upon a time, English wine making was little more than a hobby for a small number of private post-war pioneers. Today, English wine is serious business, making its mark on a world stage and widely celebrated for its incredible quality. When exactly did the English wine resurgence happen? And why?
Grapes came to England with the Romans. At first, grapes were probably used as ornaments to remind Romans of life back in Italy; vines were probably grown in England a little later to satisfy the Romans thirst for wine.
But it was when the Norman nobles arrived with William the Conqueror in 1066 that viniculture really took off in England.
At the time of the compilation of the Domesday Survey in the late eleventh century, for instance, vineyards were recorded in 46 places in southern England, from East Anglia through to modern-day Somerset. Although much of this wine was being produced to be used as communion wine in monasteries and on ecclesiastical estates.
Wine production continued in England throughout the Middle Ages and into the 16th century (by the time King Henry VIIIth ascended the throne there were 139 sizeable vineyards in England and Wales). Most vineyards were connected to monasteries and with the Reformation most vineyards disappeared as the monasteries fell into disrepair.
It was not until 1936 when a man called George Ordish planted vines in Wessex and the South of England, that there was a rediscovery of English wines and winemaking. Thankfully, more pioneers followed in his footsteps and thus began a rapid increase in the number of English vineyards, with a particular boom of commercial vineyards in the 80s and 90s. The rest, as they say, is history.
How do you grow grapes in England?
As you’d expect, vines need the right conditions to thrive and grow, which is why not all regions in the UK are wine-producing. Even in the best wine growing regions, such as the south west (where we are based) and the south east, our cooler climate makes wine growing a challenge. England also has one of the shortest growing seasons in Europe, which means we must choose grape varieties that can fully develop flavour and complexity whilst retaining a greater level of freshness and vibrancy in our wines.
To grow vines and grapes successfully at home (which is more than possible) you need the right spot – your warmest, sunniest and most sheltered corner, ideally south-facing where the soil is well drained.
There are approximately 164 wineries and 522 commercial vineyards in England with 150 vineyards open to the public. We are one of England’s oldest vineyards, and we’re open to the public [Saturday & Sunday] for wine tastings.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of viticulture takes place in the south, where the climate is slightly warmer and drier. Although as temperatures rise with climate change, wine making may begin to proliferate across the entire country. For now, the majority of commercial vineyards tend to be located in the southern strip of England’s coast, from Cornwall to Kent.
What are the most popular grape types grown in English vineyards?
The most popular grapes grown in English vineyards are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Bacchus, as well as Pinot Meunier and Ortega.
Here at Three Choirs Vineyard, we produce a Bacchus – it’s an elegant, dry and aromatic wine, popular with our diners and our weekend guest. We also produce a gold award-winning classic sparkling wine, Classic Cuvee n/v, shown on the left, made to traditional methods and to exceptional quality.
Interestingly, sparkling wine still makes up the lion’s share of English wines being produced per year. Still white wine comes in at second, whilst the remainingcome from red wines or rosé wine.
We produce two red wines and one rosé wines at our Gloucestershire vineyard: a Ravens Hill , a Pinot Noir Precoce and a Rosé .
With nearly 150 English vineyards open to visitors, it might be hard to decide where to go to taste English wine in the UK.
At Three Choirs Vineyards not only can you enjoy tasting our English wines in the beautiful, rolling Cotswolds’ countryside, you can also stay amongst our vines overnight.
On site, we have Luxury Vineyard Lodges and Vineyard View Rooms for you to choose from, plus a Brasserie serving the best local food paired perfectly with our homegrown wines. We promise, tasting English wine here, with us, will be a wine experience you’ll never forget.