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Sample fruity wines and learn all about the wine making process at a selection of vineyards in the Cotswolds.

Seen as a ‘quintessentially English’ region, the Cotswolds is the pinnacle of countryside living, with its sleepy villages, thatched cottages and idyllic views across this vast landscape.

Hugely popular for wine tasting and vineyard tours in recent years, the Cotswolds has become home to many of the finest wine making establishments, with the mid-20th century seeing a huge rise in vineyards popping up across the country.

Discover some of the best wine tastings and vineyards in the Cotswolds below…

Three Choirs Vineyard

Three Choirs Vineyard, Cotswolds

Are you looking for an opportunity for wine tasting in Gloucestershire? Make sure you visit Three Choirs Vineyard to experience the very best of local wine making.

Starting in 1973, this vineyard developed from a small fruit farm on half an acre of land to the 75-acre success it is today.

A Three Choirs Vineyard tour consists of a 45-minute guided tour, explaining the history and future of this Cotswolds vineyard, with a selection of 4 wines to taste and an unguided leisurely walk across the vineyard, with opportunities to snap a picture of the remarkable accompanying views.

Continuing to impress, your package tour also includes lunch for two from their full brasserie menu, your very own bottle of their finest wine to take home and you even could even get a voucher towards the cost of dinner, if you decide to stay.

If a vineyard in Gloucestershire is what you’re searching for, then Three Choirs Vineyard is the ultimate choice for an afternoon of wine tasting. It is also perfectly situated for exploring the Cotswolds AONB and the beautiful Forest of Dean.

If you’re struggling to find other attractions to explore during your trip, then read through our Cotswolds’ Hidden Gems guide for inspiration.

Address: Baldwins Farm, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1LS

Contact: 01531 890223;

Woodchester Valley Vineyard

Wine tasting at a vineyard

Perhaps considered the most popular wine tasting venue in the Cotswolds, Woodchester Valley Vineyard is a family-run business resting in the Stroud Valleys, which began in 2007 for the sole purpose of growing vines.

This began from a single acre of land, developing to over 40 acres across three separate sites, with their high-class winery established in 2016.

Growing a selection of grape varieties, this Stroud winery ensures their wine flavours and aromas won’t deteriorate over time. Choose from the classic vineyard & winery tour or their sparkling wine tours and make sure to book ahead of time or you won’t be allowed access!

Join the team of Woodchester Valley Vineyard at the Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival, based in Cheltenham, for the chance to sample some of their finest and award-winning Cotswolds wines, discover the best methods of wine making, and even try it yourself, with their experts on-hand to guide you.

Address: Convent Lane, South Woodchester, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 5HR

Opening Times: Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm. Sunday: Closed

Contact: 0333 252 3739;

Poulton Hill Estate

Vineyard grapes

Founded in 2010, this Gloucestershire winery is a family-run business nestled in the iconic Cotswolds landscape and close to the Roman town of Cirencester. Run by two passionate and hard working women, you will find the growth of their vines resting on the south-facing slopes of Poulton Hill Estate.

Enjoy a relaxing tour of the history of their vineyard and the growing of their grapes, which they harvest by hand to ensure the very best ingredients are used and this is just one of the reasons their wines have won many awards.

This Cotswolds vineyard produces a range of white, rose and sparkling wines, whilst their vines are now able to produce up to 20,000 bottles of wine every year.

Once you’ve toured this Gloucester winery, why not stop off for a bite to eat or a refreshing beverage? Take a look at our list of pub walks in the Cotswolds and choose your ideal spot for an afternoon lunch or simply indulge in its selection of whisky, gin, cocktails and if you can stomach it, more wine!

Address: Poulton Hill Estate, Poulton, Cirencester, GL7 5JA

Contact: 01285 850257

The Foodworks Cookery School

Red wine celebration

Looking for a wine tasting near Cheltenham? Then look no further than The Foodworks Cookery School, where events can be organised for private groups to enjoy an afternoon sampling the fruitful flavours.

Learn about the wines and champagnes on offer with a tutored workshop or you can personalise the evening with a team building competition, whatever you fancy, this is a great way to enjoy a fun-filled evening with your loved ones.

Why not line your stomach beforehand by visiting one of Cheltenham’s best cafés?

Address: The Foodworks Cookery School, Colesbourne Park, Nr. Cheltenham, GL53 9NP

Contact: 01242 870 538;

Little Oak Vineyard

Vineyard wine bottles

Priding themselves on producing the best possible ingredients for quality wines that taste delicious, regardless of how much work it requires, Little Oak Vineyard is one of those special vineyards that’s hugely passionate and dedicated to the art of wine making.

What makes this tour especially great is the friendly staff who give the informative tours and the chance to sample some of their finest wines. Also look forward to a wonderful locally sourced lunch served with fresh meats, cheeses and salads, while also choosing your favourite wine to go alongside.

If it’s a wine tasting in Gloucestershire you’re aiming for, then Little Oak Vineyard is the place to be for sampling some of their most exceptional tasting wines. Discover the opportunity to get involved yourself with their “lease a vine” scheme for discounts and ownership of your very own wine bottles.

Address: Little Oak Vineyard, Paxford Road, Chipping Campden GL55 6LA

Contact: 07812339556; 0773 298 3451;

For something a bit different….

Stay at – The Folly, Herefordshire (Ref.1017938)

The Folly (Ref.1017938)

Surrounded by edible plants, The Folly was once a decorative feature to the ornate garden, now a delightful romantic retreat with the benefit of the nearby vineyard field to explore.

While no tours are on offer, you will have to cross the vineyard to access the property, making it an excellent base for those who are looking to explore the fields unguided.

With 120 vines on site, most of which are different varieties of grape, with each guest at The Folly, you will be welcomed with your own bottle of Arrow Cottage wine supplied by the owner from the vineyard.

If you’re looking for more travel inspiration, browse our Cotswolds travel guide. Explore our list of Cotswolds cottages and book your next country escape today.

Image credits: Andy DolmanCC BY-SA 2.0

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