English wine success at the Three Choirs Vineyard

When you stand and look out over Gloucestershire’s Three Choir Vineyard, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in the South of France, California or Western Australia. The Three Choirs estate has picked up more awards than any other in the UK, and has the enviable reputation of being the best wine producer in the country.

It was back in 1972 that Alan McKechnie turned his dream of turning a fruit farm into a vineyard into reality, the result being the magnificent vineyard we see today. Thomas Shaw is the man at the helm today, and the success of the vineyard goes hand in hand with the reputation the UK now has for producing excellent wines.

Three Choirs offers wine and food lovers a choice of overnight accommodation. Choose from the boutique ‘Vineyard’ hotel rooms adjacent to the restaurant and 3 stunning lodges that nestle amongst the vines. You can even enjoy a breakfast hamper on your doorstep each morning or a locally sourced barbeque pack from the restaurant in the summer months. The lodges boast under floor heating, roll top baths, and freshly ground coffee and homemade chocolates.

The restaurant run by General Manager Darren Leonard serves locally sourced, seasonal British dishes all year round; perfectly complemented by the range of Three Choirs wines. To the side of the restaurant is a newly installed log burner surrounded with inviting, luxurious armchairs.

The daily wine tours begin at the courtyard and saunter down to the vines, where you’ll learn about the rich history and different varieties of grape and growing method. Proceed to the winery where the different production methods for sparkling, white and red wine are explained with fascinating detail. The journey from grape to glass ends at the gift shop with an opportunity to sample three of Three Choirs’ finest.

There is also a vineyard audio and numerous nature trails on offer. Three Choirs Vineyard is the perfect base for a tranquil break to explore the nearby Cotswolds and step over the border in to Herefordshire to discover cider country. www.threechoirs.com