Devon Wine & Vineyards
As explained in my earlier blog post, we are on a mini-mission to highlight the fabulous Devon Vineyards and Devon Wine they produce. The hashtag #EnglishWine has a good use overall on social media but we are also trying to increase the use of #DevonWine so do get involved in sharing your purchases using the hashtag.
Why is Devon great for growing wine?
We asked Devon-based CMS Certified Sommelier and WSET Wine & Spirits Educator, Rebecca Mitchell, to answer this for us and our readers. She is also delivering online wine-tasting certification if you are interested in learning more about wine.
The South West of England has a growing reputation for producing many award-winning quality still and sparkling wines. Devon benefits from a mild temperate climate which is perfect for grape-growing. Wine GB – West (formerly known as the South West Vineyard Association) has over 80 members with many premium quality wineries here on our doorstep in Devon.
Vineyards which lie closer to the coast can sometimes experience a little more vintage variation than in other parts of England due to slightly cooler maritime conditions and prevailing south west winds. ‘English Fizz’ has won great acclaim on the international stage with many Devon wine-makers winning international awards for their sparkling wines. Other wines to look out for are the aromatic white wines made from Bacchus, Madeleine Angevine or Seyval Blanc. Rosés can be delicious too but Red wines tend to be lighter bodied in style.
Devon Vineyard Map
Devon Vineyard Map Key
Vineyard names are numbered to correspond with the above map, click on their name below to jump down to their information.
The directory and information within: The above alphabetical list is not exhaustive, if we have missed a vineyard, please do let us know. We will be doing a series of Devon Wine & Vineyard blog posts and as we release these, the below list will be updated with the relevant links. If you click on the vineyard name below, it will open their website in a new window. Almost all of these vineyard are family-owned which is fantastic – so please support them as you would with artisan food producers.
Visiting a vineyard or buying Devon wine: Covid-19 has obviously affected all vineyards opening times – if you wish to visit a vineyard to buy wine or for a tour, please check their website for more detail. If you are unable to visit a vineyard, many have wines available in their own online shops, plus local wine or farm shops – don’t be afraid to check with them. Some vineyards also love help with their harvest in exchange for a bit of food and drink – but check with individual vineyards.
Location: Mamhead, Exeter
Visit for: Getting married roundhouse amidst the vines, venue hire, wine tastings and vineyard tour plus fantastic wine & cheese pairing events
Wines: White & Rosé – served exclusively at their events
Location: Nr Modbury, South Devon
Visit for: Tours and tastings will be available for the summer, with a small cafe and visitor centre. Calancombe also own and produce Dartmouth Gin in their distillery on site!
Wines: White only at the moment; more varieties and colours to be released late 2020
Location: Ashwater, West Devon
Visit for: Vineyard tours including tastings of two wines
Wines: Red, white, rosé and sparkling rosé
Location: Musbury, Axminster
Visit for: Private tours for groups of 6 or more with wine tasting plus bread and cheese, accommodation on the vineyard consisting of two grade II listed cottages, their annual Castlewood Wine Festival (wine, music, feasting) & a handful of weddings per year
Wines: White and sparkling
Location: Dalwood, Nr Axminster
Visit for: Wine tours including a tasting of 3 wines, they can include lunch at the local pub. Also available for private parties or a BBQ in the vineyard.
Wines: White and sparkling brut
Location: Sidmouth Road, Exeter
Visit for: Weddings in the cider barn or amongst the vines, corporate events or private hire
Wines: White – served exclusively at their events
Location: Honiton, Devon
Visit for: Currently not open for visitors but wines can be purchased online. Very exciting plans for the vineyard this year, to make it a destination including vineyard kitchen and farm shop, vineyard tours and tasting, plus a play park – keep an eye on their socials!
Wines: Sparkling white, still rosé and a sparkling cider
Location: Chudleigh, Newton Abbot
Visit for: Wines sales (by appointment), walking tour of vineyard and winery includes tasting and discounts on any purchases. Dogs welcome.
Wines: Sparkling (Champagne method), red, white – with a rosé & amber wine coming soon
Location: Kenton, Exeter
Visit for: the ultimate destination – with a cocktail bar, large tasting room, Motley Cru Cafe Bar and Vineyard Kitchen, The Wine Lodge accommodation, wine ‘safari’ tours and much more – they also produce their own Devon beer, cider and gin, plus a Scottish whiskey
Wines: Sparkling wine plus world still wines (their first still wine harvest will be this Sept/Oct)
Location: Budleigh Salterton, East Devon
Visit for: Vineyard tours which include a tasting of 3 still wines, & you can pop in to buy wine
Wines: Sparkling, red, white and rosé
Location: Axminster, East Devon
Visit for: A variety of drinks available to taste in their Cellar Door – they make wine, mead, rum, gin, liqueurs and cider to name a few! They do not have their own vineyards anymore but hand pick the best growers and grapes from Devon to Essex
Wines: Sparkling, rosé and white
Location: Lympstone, Nr Exeter, East Devon
Visit for: Home of Chef Patron Michael Caines, MBE DL and his Michelin star dining, luxury accommodation, plus incredible views of vines down to the Exe estuary.
Wines: Vines planted 2019 with wines expected 2023.
Location: Teignmouth, South Devon
Visit for: Tour and tasting which includes lunch, Regent’s Bistro with terrace overlooking the vineyard, holiday lodges (2 are dog friendly) for a relaxed staycation, ‘rent-a-vine’ which results in your own wine yield, and function room for hire
Wines: White, Rosé, Red and Sparkling
Location: Clyst St George, Exeter
Visit for: Vineyard and winery tours, which can include a meal at their separate Topsham-based Pebblebed Cellars
Wines: Sparkling, red, rosé and white
Location: Totnes, South Devon
Visit for: Self guided vineyard walk, vine to wine tour, mini cheese tasting, full guided tour including wine and cheese tasting, plus delicious food offering from The Cellar Door Kitchen
Wines: Sparkling, white, rosé and red plus a skin contact natural pinot gris
Location: Bere Alston, Nr Plymouth
Visit for: Whilst this vineyard is not ready for the visiting public, it plans to be open Spring 2021 for vineyard tours, and is currently awaiting planning permission for their winery. Their first sparkling white should be ready May 2020, along with a still white from this years harvest.
Wines: 2019 sparkling & 2020 white due to be ready May 2021
Location: Winkleigh, West Devon
Visit for: Vineyard & winery tours, the Devon Wine Shack shop, plus glamping in their bell tents or you can camp in your tent or VW camper on site.
Wines: White, rosé, red and sparkling