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
If you’re thinking of going on a vineyard tour for the first time or you’ve received a wine tasting gift, you might be wondering what your experience involves or what you should bring. Luckily, we have all the answers.
Over the years, we’ve run thousands of vineyard tours and tasting, we’ve met all manner of guests, and have been asked all sorts of questions! So to help you enjoy a memorable trip amongst the vines, we’ve listed some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received from our visitors below.
Naturally, if you’d like to know any more about our vineyard tours, or we haven’t answered your particular question below, feel free to get in touch – we’d be delighted to help.
What should you wear to a vineyard tour?
It’s important to dress appropriately for your vineyard tour, so that you can fully relax and enjoy your time at the winery. Most vineyard tours, like those we offer here at Three Choirs Vineyard, involve a walk around the grounds and a tour of the facilities. So the right footwear is often essential. We ask our guests to wear comfortable, flat shoes, such as weather-proof walking shoes. That way feet stay happy over bumpy terrain and whatever the weather.
Casual is usually the only dress code at a UK vineyard: think comfortable jeans, shorts, a skirt and a top. Some of our previous visitors have dressed up in the past, so if you fancy it, you can – although, it might be worth checking what your winery recommends beforehand.
Dark colours are a good idea, to hide spills, and try to avoid bulky clothes (like flapping sleeves or dangling coats) that could knock over glasses. If you’re taking notes or photos, remember also to bring a small bag or backpack with you to stash them away safely whilst you’re walking around with a wine glass.
Some vineyards recommend being fragrance free during your visit which, when you think about it, makes sense. Smelling wine is a big part of a vineyard tour and wine tasting experience and it’d be a shame to miss out on the subtle aromatics of the wines on offer because of overpowering perfume or aftershave!
Do you need to bring any money with you?
For a vineyard tour at our vineyard here in Gloucestershire, we recommend bringing a little spare cash in case you want to buy a bottle of one of our English wines to take home! Especially when you can grab a bit of a bargain if there are some on-site deals running.
However, you should never feel pressured into buying wine whatever vineyard you go to. At the end of the day, a vineyard tour is about the sights, sounds, smells and tastes – but if you do want to fill up your wine racks whilst you are there (after all, many vineyards sell wines that are only available direct from the cellar door), you can.
Should you drive to a wine tasting?
It’s one of the most common questions we are asked – and our answer is always the same: if you are planning on drinking wine when visiting a vineyard, do not drive home. Make sure you have a designated driver who isn’t wine tasting with you or you’ve arranged suitable public transport to and from your winery.
Alternatively, you could book accommodation near the venue to make a mini break of it. Speaking of which, did you know that you can stay here at our vineyard? We have Vineyard View Rooms and Vineyard Lodges that make a wonderful escape for two people.
Tasting wine on an empty stomach is the quickest way to a light head! Although it may seem like a fun idea, getting drunk too quickly could mean you can’t properly enjoy the whole experience. Even a couple of slices of bread before a wine tasting can help you stay in control, so make sure you eat.
Food is available at our Brasserie at lunchtimes and dinner, so you won’t go hungry at Three Choirs! Remember also to keep hydrating with water in between different wines!
What should you do if you don’t like the wines?
Wine tasting is a combination of two things: knowledge and personal taste. Which means, not everyone is going to enjoy every wine they taste. So don’t worry if you dislike the wines you try; it’s all part of learning which grapes appeal to your palate and which don’t.
To avoid disappointment before you book a vineyard tour, consider doing a little homework. Look at the wines the vineyard produces and the wines that’ll be available to taste – if you only like fruity sweet wines and the vineyard specialises in dry wine, it might not be for you.
What’s the best time of year to visit a vineyard?
Any time of year is a good time to visit a vineyard in our books because all four seasons bring new delights amongst the vines or in the winemaking process.
Many guests enjoy visiting Three Choirs Vineyard during the spring, when the vines come into leaf, or in the summer months, when the vines start to flower.
However, there is still a huge amount going on in the autumn and winter. Indeed, from September to October the wine is harvested so there’s a lot to see and learn. Plus, walking amongst the vines on a crisp, cold wintery day is definitely one of life’s little pleasures – even if we do say so ourselves!
If you’d like any more information about our wine tasting experienceshere at Three Choirs Vineyard, please do get in touch; we’re always happy to help.