Ahhh. Nothing beats a refreshing sip of wine. And what makes it all the more better, is knowing that it’s from round t’corner in God’s Own Country. Yorkshire’s vineyard industry may be relatively little known, but that’s not to say that it isn’t thriving – with some incredible exports being created every single day. Great wine doesn’t have to be shipped over from Italy, and while it’s common to find vineyards flourishing in hotter countries, wine can be made anywhere. Including good old Yorkshire. Check The Yorkshireman’s guide to the best wine and vineyards in Yorkshire.
Nestled in the outskirts of York, Yorkshire Heart Vineyard and Brewery specialises in fine English wine, as well as craft ales and pilsners. The vineyard, of course, is absolutely stunning, and on a summer’s day you’ll probably be mistaken in thinking you’ve been transported to Italy. The vineyard is family run, and has been producing top quality wines since 2006 now. When there isn’t a pandemic invading our country, the 17-acre vineyard hosts regular tours and tastings so you can explore their creations, with reds, whites and rosé wines to try. Currently, both wine and beers can be purchased online. Yorkshire Heart, Pool Ln, Nun Monkton, YO26 8EL.
A great vineyard for making a weekend out of it, Holmfirth Vineyard is a gorgeous little spot on the edge of the Peak District, offering up a hotel and restaurant in addition to their vineyard. The apartments are modern and bright, perfect for a weekend exploring both the vineyard and the Peak District nearby, and the restaurant offers up beautifully presented dishes that really are extra special. The tour, which usually takes place on a regular basis, shows guests how the wine is made from vine to bottle right here in Yorkshire, with tastings throughout of a selection of their wines. Holmfirth Vineyard, Woodhouse Ln, Holmbridge, Holmfirth, HD9 2QR.
A short drive out of Leeds city centre, Leventhorpe Vineyard sits nearby to the River Aire, providing Yorkshire nature at its finest. The vineyard has been going for quite some time now, originally beginning their wine journey way back in 1985. As the vineyard is a busy one, it’s not open for tours, however, you can call up and pop buy to sample a couple of wines before you buy. Wines can be purchased directly from the vineyard, or via mail order to your home. Leventhorpe Vineyard, Newsome Green Road, Off Bullerthorpe Lane, Woodlesford, Leeds, LS26 8AF.
Another York-based vineyard to discover, Ryedale Vineyard offers the perfect weekend getaway, with a hotel on-site, as well as tours and the backdrop of the North York Moors. The farmhouse hotel offers up two cosy and quaint rooms to stay in, with breakfast delivered to your bed and a downstairs wine bar that you can help yourself to. Elsewhere at the vineyard, the tour allows you to learn a ton about the wines and how they’re created, with wines, cheeses and more nibbles to try throughout the two-hour experience. Ryedale Vineyard, Farfield Farm, Westow, York, YO60 7LS.