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BEAUTIFUL BRITISH VINEYARDS TO VISIT THIS WINTER TH E GRAPE HARVES T S M AY BE I N, AND VI NE LEAV ES FA L L I N G B U T T H ER E’ S SO MET H I N G SO V ERY MA GIC AL A B O UT VISITING EN GLAND’ S PI CT URE S QUE VI N EYA R D S T H I S TI ME O F YEA R . L I SA C U RTI SS WR A P P ED U P WA R M AND HEADED OF F ON A M I NI M ULT I - COU N TY TA ST I N G A N D C U L I N A RY T O U R .

CH A PEL DOWN, KENT Chapel Down’s picturesque 22 acres of vineyards are located within an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ near the pretty market town of Tenterden. It’s a wine lover’s delight to visit, with guided tours, tutored tastings, vineyard walks, beautiful herb gardens, and highly rated restaurant The Swan. There’s also a shop stocking not only their wonderful wines – including some ‘cellar door’ exclusives – but a host of local produce too. There’s even a wine school there where you can study WSET wine courses. Known as one of the very best winemakers in the UK (who supply Michelin-star-holding restaurants), Chapel Down produces a wide range of world-class still and sparkling wines – the latter created using the same Traditional Method as Champagne. Do treat yourself to a case of Kit’s Coty Blanc de Blancs – a Decanter Gold Medal Award winner – the perfect luxury fizz for the festive season. www.chapeldown.com

GR E YFRIARS, SURR E Y Located on the sunny south-facing chalk slopes of the Hog’s Back at Puttenham, just outside Guildford in Surrey, Greyfriars has been producing wonderful sparkling wines for years, some of which have notched up a number of prestigious awards. The vineyards are predominantly planted with the three classic Champagne varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, plus small plots of Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Tours and tasting events are available and visitors can often be the first to enjoy some limited-release wines, only available at the vineyard. There’s also a shop where you can buy their excellent wines, including their totally delicious 2015 Cuvée Royal Limited Edition. www.greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk

J E N KYN PLACE, HA M PS HI RE Once this marlstone and greensand land near the village of Bentley was planted with hops, but the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines which thrive here now produce some of the mostawarded sparkling wines in the whole country. This pretty vineyard isn’t open daily to the general public, but does run excellent tours you can book throughout the year. All Jenkyn Place sparkling wines are made using the same Traditional Method as in France’s Champagne region. For this season’s festivities, ordering at least a case each of their recently released and already highly acclaimed first ever Blanc de Blancs (2015), Brut Classic Cuvée 2014 and Rosé 2014 are must-tries. Plus, as an extra special gift, we recommend a magnum of their simply delicious 2009 Rosé or Brut Cuvée of the same year. www.jenkynplace.com

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