HENCOTE VINEYARD: Having delivered English wine tastings for many years, I have often noted that sadly not many people know an awful lot about English wine. We are fortunate in this country to have a burgeoning wine scene. Our home producers are getting better and better as the years go on. That means that a tour of a vineyard doesn’t have to be reserved for your next trip abroad. It can be a happy part of your next staycation.
Residents of Shropshire who enjoy the odd glass of red wine are particularly fortunate because they have the absolute masters right on their doorstep. Commanding panoramic views of the Shropshire countryside, Hencote is in an idyllic setting. They just so happen to make some of the best red wine (and more besides) in the world. Yes, you heard me right. They won gold for their red wines at the IWC (International Wine Challenge) in both 2020 and 2021. This is easily one of the most prestigious wine competitions in the world.
And making fantastic red wine in the UK is no easy undertaking, because of our cold climate. The achievement is all the more impressive.
More than a vineyard
Hencote has much to offer beyond award-winning wines (although that’s enough to get my mouth watering). You can stay in the heart of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in one of the luxury safari lodges with private hot tubs, or in the newly converted Georgian farmhouse. If you just want to drop in, head to the onsite restaurant and bar for a high-end, seasonal menu. Naturally, there is a stunning wine list available. Or you can head over for one of the daily vineyard tours and wine tastings. Perfect for getting a feel for what they are making, right here in Shropshire.
2021 Suzanne Rosé: Vibes on the Vine
The latest Hencote wine is being launched this Friday, 26th August. The Suzanne Rosé 2021 will be celebrated with a drinks reception on the balcony from 6pm. Next you have the option to stay on for a three-course sit-down meal afterwards. The kitchen team have crafted a menu that uses local produce and will carefully match the tones of the rosé.
The event has a floral dress code. Set your outfits to stun with a full flowery arrangement or just accessorize with a choice floral accessory like a bag or tie. Pretty fun! This would be totally unmissable for me if Freedom Brewery hadn’t already booked me up to visit their bar stage at the Big Feastival on Friday! Ah, the foodie’s life, and what first-world problems!
🐐 Crosshill, Shrewsbury, SY4