Why go there
Set on south-facing slopes at the foot of the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds, Ryedale Vineyards is now the most northerly commercial vineyard in England. Unpretentious and unassuming, it represents an unlikely marriage between the Mediterranean and Yorkshire.
What to do
Vineyard tours and tastings cost £8 (£11 if you opt for local cheeses) – tastings take place in the farmhouse kitchen if the weather’s bad. The vines (10,000 in all) have been in operation since 2006, and come in two grape types: Ortega for white wine, and Rondo for red. The liquid results bear distinctive names: Yorkshire’s Lass (white), Yorkshire’s Sunset (rosé) and Taste of Paradise (sparkling rosé). A cider (Tyson’s Tipple) is also made here.
Where to stay and eat
At the heart of the vineyards, Farfield Farmhouse (Grade II listed, built 1630) has two rooms in which visitors can stay for £90 per night.
How to get there
Head north-east out of York on the A64, and after 12 miles, take a right turn and drive for two miles to Westow.