Why go there
You don’t just get viticulture at Renishaw Hall, you get history: the vineyard is set against the backdrop of a lovely old country house and gardens that would be well worth travelling to see in their own right. The vineyard was established in 1972, and was once the most northerly vineyard in the world.
What to do
This vineyard comes with stately home attached (for 400 years it’s been the home of the Sitwell family, with Alexandra Sitwell the current owner). Admission to the gardens is £6.50, and you can book a tour of the hall itself (Fridays 1pm and 2.30pm) for £12.75. Tours and tastings take place on summer Sundays (book in advance, try the award-winning sparkling wine); they last 90 minutes and cost £10. There’s a cafe and plant centre, and a shop selling jams, chutneys and wines, plus a museum telling the story of the eccentric poet Edith Sitwell, who died 50 years ago.
Where to stay and eat
Where better than The Sitwell Arms Hotel (double rooms for two from £77.50), an 18th century coaching inn just half a mile from Renishaw Hall, and set in six acres of grounds?
How to get there
Turn off the M1 at Junction 30, and drive for three miles along the A6135, towards Sheffield. Renishaw Hall is well signposted.