The Rutland Vineyard
Despite its size, England’s smallest county is home to a great many food and drink businesses and The Rutland Vineyard is one of its most exciting offerings. The vineyard sits between two rivers – the Welland and the Chater and is 70m above sea level with Jurassic limestone soil.
It was first planted in 2021 with grape varieties including Pinot Noir Précoce and Cabaret Noir (red) plus Bacchus and Ortega white grapes. The first harvest is due in the autumn of 2023 to be ready to drink in spring 2024. Until then, however, you can book on a tour (ending fittingly with some English wine in the tasting barn), pop in for a glass of wine, and a cheese sharing platter, perhaps? Or just enjoy coffee and cake with a beautiful view.
If you fancy taking the dog and the kids along, there’s a nature walk – you might see hares, hedgehogs and even, find a fossil – a relic from when dinosaurs roamed Rutland.
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