Three Choirs Vineyard, Newent, Gloucestershire
Named after the famous Three Choirs festival, this pretty vineyard on the edge of the Cotswolds, is a good place to take a peaceful stroll around the vines and learn about vineyard life.
Enjoy the beautiful views at Three Choirs Vineyard in Newent
Three Choirs is in a beautiful spot with views of the rolling Cotswold Hills. When the late afternoon sun bathes the rows of vines with golden light you could almost pretend that you’re in France or Italy. The vineyard has a restaurant which offers good food and there are some outdoor tables overlooking the vines that would make a perfect spot for a relaxing summer’s lunch.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Wander the vines
- Tour the winery and vineyard
- Buy English wine in the shop
- Eat in the restaurant
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Wander Around Three Choirs Vineyard and Discover its Origins
Back in the 1970s, the vineyard was a flourishing fruit farm growing apples and blackcurrants. The entrepreneurial farmer also owned a wine shop in nearby Ledbury so, out of curiosity, he decided to plant half an acre of vines. In 1976, the hottest summer on record in Britain, he was rewarded with a bumper crop of grapes and within 10 years, the vineyard had expanded to cover 20 acres. Today, you can walk among 75 acres of vines and at key points along the trail, listen to audio recordings telling you about working life on the vineyard throughout the seasons.
Row of vines
Row of Huxelrebe vines
Take the Guided Tour of the Vineyard and Winery
The daily guided tour of the vineyard and winery goes into more detail and gives you the opportunity to ask questions. It includes a tutored wine tasting session. Around 300,000 bottles are produced by the Three Choirs winery every year including both sparkling and still wines. The Bacchus is particularly quaffable. If it inspires you to create your own vineyard, there are vines available to buy in the shop.
View of Three Choirs Restaurant
Grapes ripening on the vine
Dine in the Three Choirs Restaurant
Take a seat among local regulars in the restaurant and enjoy dishes inspired by the region’s excellent local produce. Cotswold and South West wild boar charcuterie is on the menu as a starter and there’s Herefordshire 28 day aged rib-eye steak which comes with Three Choirs brandy and peppercorn sauce. Summer puddings are created using the area’s bounty of fruit (you’ll spot the polytunnels as you drive around). Order a glass of ‘Late Harvest 2014’, Three Choirs Dessert wine. Cheese-lovers can try Stinking Bishop – a full fat cow’s milk soft cheese from the nearby village of Dymock. Its rind is washed in perry to give it its characteristic flavour and pungent smell. Gift experiences including the tour, wine tasting and lunch are available.
Tutored wine tasting
Three Choirs Wine Shop
- If you’re eating at the restaurant, ask for a table with a view when booking
- Although spacious and with wonderful views, the rooms and timber lodges at Three Choirs are starting to look rather tired and dated
- Combine a visit to the vineyard with a tour of the nearby Chase Distillery, Westons Cider Mill or the historic town of Ledbury
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Where to Stay Nearby
Brooks Country House – ‘affordable luxury’ in this new 22-roomed hotel housed in a former Georgian Manor with stunning views of the Black Mountains and surrounding countryside
Verzon House – a stylish boutique hotel owned by the Chase family with its own restaurant, bar and decked terrace (the Chase Distillery is nearby)
The Bell at Skenfrith – a foodie pub in the Monmouthshire countryside close to Abergavenny that’s also a great base for walkers
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How to Find Three Choirs Vineyard
Three Choirs Vineyard, Newent, Gloucestershire GL18 1SL
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Sally is the founder and editor of The Foodie Travel Guide. She travels around the UK and beyond in search of the best foodie days out, tasting experiences and delicious places to stay. She loves a glass of English sparkling wine, afternoon tea with friends and escaping London for gastronomic adventures.