When you think of winemaking, Yorkshire isn't the first place which springs to mind. Winemaking in England in general is not something you think about but there are over 500 wine producers across the UK including the Holmfirth Vineyard.
The vineyard itself is situated just out of the village of Holmfirth, high up in the hills, not the typical place you would expect to find grapes growing. We arrived at lunchtime and before we went on our wine tour we enjoyed a 2-course lunch with a view.
The restaurant is glass-fronted and the view of the rolling hills is worth a visit alone. The food was delicious, I would return just for the garlic mushroom starter, it was so tasty! We had pre-booked our table for a couple of hours before the wine tour.
We were fairly fortunate with the weather, it wasn't raining but it was a bit breezy. As long as it's dry the tour starts outside and we walked through the vines to an area where we could learn about the background of the vineyard. It's a good idea to wear some sensible shoes as the paths are a little bit uneven.
Once it was time for the second part of the tour we went into the winemaking area to learn the process of the 3 wines they make. Currently, in Holmfirth, they produce a white, rose and red. As part of the tour we were able to try them all.
In all honesty, I was a little apprehensive about English wines but they were all really nice, so good we struggled to decide which wine to buy and bring home.
If you're looking to do something different for an afternoon and you like wine then the Holmfirth Vineyard wine tour is worth consideration. As well as lunch and dinner they have a popular afternoon tea and accommodation on the grounds.
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Caroline Towers is the founder of Dreamers who Travel. When not travelling, she is researching & dreaming of the next trip!