A Taste of Something Special
With a new found appreciation for the quality English wine, a number of wonderful vineyards have appeared over recent years, not least in the South West. The West Country climate is more forgiving than other regions and we are spoilt at The White Hart in Moretonhampstead to have vineyards not far from us.
One of our favourites is Swanaford Estate. The vineyard is a small, family run business hand- crafting sparkling and still wines on the south east facing slopes of the Teign Valley, six miles to the outside of Exeter. The 10-acre vineyard is planted with Champagne clones of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to create traditional method sparkling wines.
Swanaford Estate offer a vineyard tour and wine tasting for guests of The White Hart Hotel. The tour starts with an introduction in the tasting barn, then a walk in the vineyard with some information about growing grapes in England, followed by a tasting of the wine alongside an explanation of the wine making process. Afterwards, visitors are welcome to enjoy the unique setting by exploring the wider vineyard or walk down by the River Teign in their own time.
Tours run every Wednesday until 24th October and start at 2.30pm. Please note there will be no tours on Wednesday 7th August or Wednesday 28th August.
Tour & 3 Wine Tastings: £12.50 per person
We heartily recommend the tour and tasting as a great way to experience English wine being made with passion and care.
If you want to know more about Swanaford Estate, or if you want us to book a tour for you please ask our staff at reception for more information.