Bordeaux, Tuscany and Essex? The former are well recognised regions for their wine production, but could Essex be joining that illustrious list?
Essex has actually produced fantastic wines since the times of the Romans, who are often noted as bringing wine to Britain. Essex was a site for many vineyards due to having the perfect grape growing conditions, which has led to over 20 vineyards across the county producing wines perfect for the dinner table.
Producing reds, whites, rose and sparkling wines, Essex really does have it all. For example, New Hall Vineyards in Purleigh is one of the oldest and largest in Britain. Set in 92 acres, the vineyard opens daily for walks around the vineyards, and tastings taking place in the cellar.
On the opposite end of the scale is the West Street Vineyard in Coggeshall, which has 900 30 year old vines, who required a lot of TLC when it was taken over in 2009. Since then, the vineyard has gone on to produce award-winning wines, which they also serve in their popular onsite restaurant.
Essex is also home to a rather special winery, in the shape of Dedham Vale Vineyard, nestled in 40 acres of countryside. With seven acres of vines, you can follow trails around lakes, through woodland and even wildflower meadows, but it is how they produce their wine which is rather special.
The winery is run using only renewable energy, with wind and solar energy being the providers, which has led to the vineyard being gifted with an Essex Environmental Awareness Award.
With so many great wineries in one place, Essex is really putting English winemaking on the map. Now could be the perfect time to buy a static caravan in the county, giving you the chance to have some many wonderful tipples on your doorstep, whilst offering a beautiful holiday home in a stunning location. Contact us today for more information.