New Lodge Vineyard – This small but perfectly formed award winning boutique vineyard is situated overlooking the stunning Nene Valley which makes a visit for any not just recommended but an absolute must! Vineyard tours and wine tastings are available (visit their website for details) with free parking. The fantastic location and helpful staff means you can make a day of it, take a picnic to enjoy the nearby countryside then sample still and sparkling wines and a wonderfully refreshing apple cider.
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Renishaw Hall Vineyard – Open for visitors on selected days throughout the year (visit their website for details) Renishaw Hall’s Vineyard has been a work of love since it was first planted in 1972 (at that time the world’s most northerly vineyard). Now under the watchful eye of award winning winemaker Kieron Atkinson you can sample his fine work in the vineyard’s shop where friendly staff can guide you through the perfect wine for your big occasion. Renishaw also hosts special occasions which makes it doubly worth a visit for couple’s seeking a stately wedding day.
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Elgar Wines – Elgar Wines make stunning wines which are wonderfully drinkable but minus the pomp and circumstance. You don’t need to feel out of your depth when buying wines from Elgar as their friendly and helpful team will make you feel right at home, you can email or call them to arrange a visit. Once you can have selected a wonderful local still or sparkling vintage for your wedding, you can buy direct from the cellar door (which isn’t as surreptitious as it sounds).
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Broadfield Court – If you need a break from your wedding planning there is no finer place than Broadfield Court. Not only are the location and vineyard stunning but you can dress the day up as “wedding research” by testing some of their fine wines. The staff are really helpful and friendly and happy to answer questions, it’s also a wonderful wedding venue itself and worth a look for that alone. However keeping the focus on the wines you’ll find everything you need for your special day (which you can purchase at the vineyard or on their website) and by buying local you’ll add a real talking point to your table.
Wroxeter Roman Vineyard – Wroxeter Vineyard makes for a fantastic day out all in the line of wedding duty, they have a wonderful array of wines for you to sample and are happy to answer question from even the silliest wine questions (thanks for not laughing at us Wroxeter). They really are incredibly friendly and helpful however it’s their wines that really steal the show, whites, reds, rose, sparkling wines and even some cheeky cider. You can create the perfect accompaniment to your wedding reception and its easy to order through their online shop.
Holmfirth Vineyard – Thank you Holmfirth, this really is how wine tasting should be done, helpful friendly staff, beautiful setting, fine dining (its worth hanging around and making the most of) and excellent wines fit for any wedding. You can buy their wines online or in their gift shop which is also rather handy if you’re still looking for gifts to thank your wedding party. It really does make for a great day with the hubby-to-be and a perfect respite from wedding planning.
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