Enjoy a guided tour of this lovely Shropshire vineyard, topped off with a fantastic wine and cheese tasting experience!
- Shropshire (West Midlands)
- Price for 2 Participants
Take a tour of this delightful Shropshire vineyard, and learn a
little bit more about the work - and love - that goes into every
bottle of wine! This is a great gift for wine lovers, and a truly
lovely way to spend an afternoon in the gorgeous Shropshire
The experience begins with tea/coffee, biscuits, and a very warm welcome at the vineyard. While you enjoy your refreshments, your guide will tell you all about the rich and fascinating history of the site and surrounding area from the Bronze Age through to Medieval and Roman times, and up until today. After this you will head off on your tour of the vineyard to see how the estate is grown and harvested. Your guide will answer any questions you have, and you will get a great insight into the work that goes on at the vineyard. Once the vineyard tour has finished, you'll head back inside to relax and enjoy a wine tasting experience, learning how to taste wine, accompanied
by a delicious sharing platter of complementary local cheeses with bread and crackers.
At the end of the experience, you'll get to relax with a lovely glass of wine created by the vineyard's award-winning contracted winery to enjoy before you head home!
The Shropshire vineyard tour with cheese and wine tasting is available from around April until the end of October. The tours run on Wednesdays at 12 noon, Saturdays at 12 noon and Sundays at 2pm. It can also be booked on Bank Holidays.
You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the vineyard tour and wine tasting.
Experience Duration: 03:00
Time at Venue: 03:00
Please allow 2-3 hours for the whole experience.
Participants: The Shropshire Cheese And Wine Tour For Two is for 2 participants.
Max Group Size: 11
Spectators Allowed on Site: No
This vineyard tour and wine tasting experience is not suitable for non-paying guests.
You can wear whatever you choose for the vineyard tour and wine tasting.
In severe weather conditions the vineyard tour may be affected. If this is the case on the day of your tour, you will be able to reschedule.
I bought this present for my Dad's 70th birthday and it did not disappoint. The tour was very interesting!
Kerry Vale offers vineyard tours with a difference. Choose from a fascinating wine tasting tour, a cheese and wine tasting experience, or a delightful afternoon tea, all including an informative and entertaining tour of the Shropshire vineyard. We’ve been talking to Nadine at Kerry Vale about their journey as a vineyard and the exciting experiences they offer.
1) Please explain your journey as ‘Kerry Vale Vineyard’ so far.
It all started back in 2009 after mum and dad purchased an old blacksmiths house, 16 extremely dilapidated buildings and 6 acres land.
The idea was to take the buildings down, renovate and perhaps extend the house. However before they could make a start they had to dispose of 50 years worth of contents! Due to the poor state of the house the property was demolished and they were given permission to rebuild back off the road, using the stone from the old house. Due to its ‘ancient monument’ status a watching brief was required to oversee the digging of the foundations.
Soon after buying the property, they decided to look into planting a vineyard! Consultants checked the site for suitability and suggested varieties to plant. 6000 vines later (planted by a German team of contractors)–Kerry Vale Vineyard was born in May 2010!
This summer (July 2013) saw the opening of our shop and visitor centre. We were fortunate to receive some grant towards the costs from the Rural Economy Grant which is administered by Defra. This enabled the erection and fitting out of a specially designed building on the site to offer vineyard tours and tastings as well as wine sales.
On a lovely day, (we’ve had plenty of those this year!) there’s nothing nicer than pottering around in the vines, whether its pruning or tucking in – it really doesn’t matter, it’s quite therapeutic, a lovely way to while away a few hours.
Our day to day challenge is finding ways to make this into a successful business, we’re so lucky to live in a sparsely populated part of the country, which is lovely, but it throws up its own challenges for all small businesses in the area.
2) What has been the biggest or most memorable event you’ve provided?
Appearing on Midlands Today earlier this year was rather exciting although the day the film crew arrived it was pouring down with rain! We’ve also discovered some rare Roman artefacts, such as a scribe, a broach and a small pottery ball which were told was part of a Roman game. We continue to find bits of pottery on the vineyard as we walk around which we always find fascinating.
We’ve also had a visit from Robert Plant lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin who popped in asking for advice on planting some vines after his son had been on one of our tours!
3) Is there any inside information you can give us?
One of the ways to get the most from your experience with us, is to relax and take your time, you could even stay in the area for a few days (or even a week) The Welsh Border’s where we are situated are fantastic walking country. The gardens at Powys Castle are wonderful – there’s so many ways to spend a few relaxing days – if you are staying close you can always carry on tasting for a little longer or have a glass of your favourite wine from the ‘tasting’ on our patio, or in front of our log burning fire. Mellington Hall is a fab place to stay – best of all it’s within walking distance. Montgomery is just three miles away – if you like walking you can get to us by walking Offa’s Dyke (a national Walking Trail) without hardly touching the road.
4) Do you have any exciting plans for the future that you’d like to tell us about?
We currently have our wine made by award winning wine makers at Halfpenny Green Vineyard. In the future we hope to develop our own winery on site so we can produce our own wines and offer an enhanced experience with a more indepth insight into the wine making process to our visitors.
5) What would you say is your most frequently asked question?
People often ask us ‘What made us decide to plant a vineyard? ’ Our answer is always the same… “Too many glasses of wine one evening, and the idealistic notion of a tending a sunny vineyard and enjoying the delicious fruits of our labour!” In reality that may have been a bit of a romanticised ideal!
However, English wine is growing in popularity and the industry is flourishing as consumers realise its extremely high quality. We are confident that with our lovely custom built shop and historic location we can offer visitors a unique and interesting experience that will enable us to grow and prosper.
Kerry Vale also offer the following experiences:
The Shropshire Cheese And Wine Tour For Two takes place from April to October.
The Shropshire Cheese and Wine Tour runs on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.