Why go there
Beautiful Three Choirs is very much a visitor attraction as much as it is an award-winning vineyard. Set in rolling Gloucestershire countryside, there is so much on offer here, including beer and cider tasting, while you’re just a short drive to many other smaller boutique vineyards in the area.
What to do
Whatever the weather, tours with tastings take place every day at 2.30pm (£12.50). The up-market Vineyard Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and tables look out over the undulating vines. Three Choirs was founded in the 1970s, and in 2008 was named the English wine industry’s Winemaker of the Year. You can buy 11 different wines, including the vineyard’s celebrated Classic Cuvée sparkling wine, plus Three Choirs cider, and beer from the on-site Whittingtons Brewery.
Where to stay and eat
There’s an 11-room B&B overlooking the valley (from £135 per night), plus outlying lodges (from £160). If there are two of you, as a treat, go for the two-night stay that includes winery tour, plus a three-course dinner on both nights (£245 per person).
How to get there
Three Choirs is on the B4215, two miles north of Newent and 10 miles north of Gloucester. It’s 15 minutes from Junction 11a on the M5, and 10 minutes from Junction 3 on the M50.