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 vineyards in Yorkshire.
1. Yorkshire Heart
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.
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.
2. Holmfirth Vineyard
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 takes place on a regular basis, shows guests how the wine is made from vine to bottle right here in Yorkshire, with tastings throughout a selection of their wines. Holmfirth Vineyard, Woodhouse Ln, Holmbridge, Holmfirth, HD9 2QR.
3. Leventhorpe Vineyard
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 its 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 by 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.
4. Ryedale Vineyard
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.
5. Little Wold Vineyard
Hidden away in the East Yorkshire countryside, Little Wold Vineyard is becoming quite the destination for winos – thanks to their gorgeous tasting room and unspoiled views.
Naturally, because of the above, it’s a highly popular wedding venue, however, guests can also pop by for a glass of vino for wine tasting, chippy suppers, picnics and more.
The family-run vineyard has won a ton of awards over recent years, and as someone who’s tasted many a wine from this South Cave winery, we can definitely understand why. Little Wold Vineyard, Beverley Rd, South Cave, Brough, HU15 2BB.
6. Laurel Vines
A Hairy Bikers-approved Yorkshire vineyard, Laurel Vines is tucked away in the East Yorkshire countryside just outside of Driffield.
While you can find Laurel Vines stocked in various local grocers and farm shops, the award-winning wines are also available to order online, or enjoy at the vineyard – which is a particularly special experience in the summer months.
When it’s a bit warmer, the vineyard hosts a number of fantastic events, including picnics among the idyllic vines. Laurel Vines, Aike Ln, Driffield, YO25 9BG.
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