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Relax and Pour a Glass: Forest of Dean Wineries

Posted on 05th June 2015


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The region is renowned for its natural beauty, and what better way to enjoy your holiday in the Forest of Dean than with a day trip to one of its award-winning wineries.

Historically speaking, the colder climate in England and Wales has been seen as a hindrance to the production of good wines. But warmer summers and improvements in agricultural techniques have bolstered local wine making and the quality of the wine itself. Recently, British sparkling wine has emerged as the wine style receiving the most attention and recognition.

Local winery visits can offer you a great way to enjoy time with friends and family whilst on holiday. Call ahead to confirm, but many locations allow patrons to bring picnic lunches to help them enjoy their local wine. Most of the wineries offer farm or gift shops to accommodate their visitors’ snacking as well.

There are a great number of wineries offering tastings, tours, restaurants and shops throughout the region. All within the doorsteps of your holiday cottage in the Forest of Dean, a visit to any of the wineries may be the highlight of your stay.


Ancre Hill


On the edge of Monmouth town, this vineyard includes three farms dedicated to growing grapes for unique varietals of wine. The vineyards at Ancre Hill pride themselves in the production of quality sparkling wines. They focus on true champenoise-style wines, with some of their varieties barrel fermented. All of their cuvees lees are aged for a minimum of 2 years. They offer a shop, tasting room and dining. Vineyard tours are also available at Ancre Hill.


Parva Farm

This vineyard is in the village of Tintern in Southern Wales. It offers a recently renovated farm shop featuring their wines, as well as ciders, meads, perry, honey and preserves. The vineyard is best known for producing award-winning wines, meads and sparkling wines for all occasions. In 2013, the Parva Farm was awarded a commendation for their vintage of Tintern Parva Bwthyn Rhosyn rosé at the International Wine Challenge.


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Three Choirs Vineyards

A true English gem, this vineyard takes advantage of its beautiful surroundings to offer some great local wines. The master vintners at the winery located in Newent, Gloucestershire have created some unique solutions to growing grapes in the British climate. They also run a brewery on site producing real ales and ciders. Three Choirs offers an award-winning restaurant that focuses on pairing its wines with the finest locally-sourced ingredients.