Hencote Vineyard Estate, near Shrewsbury in Shropshire, is expanding its offering with wine tours and experiences, a new restaurant and wine bar, and cellar door wine shop.
The 60-acre working vineyard offers guests panoramic views across the historic town of Shrewsbury, plus the chance to learn about the process of wine making.
Wining and dining
Opening in early September will be a new restaurant, featuring open fire cooking, and a large terrace that overlooks the 17-acre vineyard. A specially appointed wine bar, with furnishings crafted by artisans from white Sycamore, will serve wine and other drinks.
The whole facility will be used for wine tasting experiences, and as an event space for private hire.
As a working vineyard, visitors can enjoy private and group wine tours. General manager, Mark Stevens, guides visitors through the process from vine to bottle, walking through the vineyard and finishing in the new winery to learn more about the production process and to sample some of the wines.
Groups of eight or more will be able to enjoy a tailored tour around a range of packages including extended wine tastings, three course meals and private lunches.
During harvest season, guests are welcome to join in with the picking of grapes for production and immerse themselves in the early stage of the winemaking process to learn more. The estate currently nurtures Seyval Blanc, Pinot Noir Precoce, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, and Solaris vines.
Owner Andy Stevens says: “We look forward to welcoming visitors to our wonderful new facilities and sharing our passion for British wine making.”
More in the area
Though tucked away in the rural Shropshire hills, Hencote is less than a ten-minute drive from Shrewsbury town centre, a town featuring Medieval architecture and famed as the birth place of Charles Darwin.
Additional destination highlights include Attingham Park, a National Trust landmark property; numerous heritage buildings; and the vast countryside that surrounds the town, ideal for walking and cycling.
To learn more about Hencote and the plans in place, please visit www.hencote.com