Where to find South Devon wine tours
If you are a connoisseur of English wines, you’ll know that Devon has a growing reputation for award-winning vineyards. If not, then learn more during your holiday. Below we are sharing where to find South Devon wine tours.
Devon’s climate is perfect for cultivating vines, and with a booming interest in buying local, the wineries here are reaping the rewards. Here’s where to find South Devon wine tours, so you can experience some of the South West’s most-delicious homegrown drinks.
Sharpham in Totnes
Sharpham Trust owns 500 acres of land that has been dedicated to producing world-class wine and cheese in harmony with the environment and the natural beauty of the estate.
It’s a well-proven formula that has won Sharpham multiple awards for all of its produce.
You can book a range of wine tours at Sharpham, from guided tours of the vineyard followed by tastings of wine and cheese to self-guided walks with tasting notes so you can experience everything at your own pace.
Tours run daily until mid-September.
Calancombe Estate in Modbury
Another of South Devon’s award-winning vineyards is Calancombe Estate. Its south-facing vines produce sparkling and still white, red and rosé wines.
Every aspect of wine production, from the grapes that make each bottle to their labelling, happens here on the estate.
Calancombe has offered guided and self-guided tours from Thursday to Sunday throughout the year. Options are available with lunch or a Devon cream tea.
The team at Calancombe also make Dartmouth Gin in their on-site distillery.
Find out where to buy more Devon gins.
Old Walls in Teignmouth
It’s thought that vines have been grown here in Teignmouth for more than 2,000 years, with the Romans being the first to take advantage of the south-facing slopes and well-drained soil.
You can book wine tours at Old Walls all year round. As well as finding out about production and having a guided tasting, lunch is provided in the vineyard’s Regent’s Bistro.
Tours can be booked for every Friday and Saturday and every first and third Sunday of the month between April and the end of September. Between October and March, tours run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Huxbear in Newton Abbot
This vineyard in the Teign Valley was first planted in 2007 and now covers 15 acres with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Bacchus, Schönberger, and Siegerrebe vines.
One of the unique things about this Devon vineyard is that it is fully off-grid, and all power is produced on-site, mostly from renewables – and all of its wines are vegan.
The 90-minute tour and tasting sessions are offered on selected dates until the end of August.
You can read more about life on this Devon vineyard in the owner’s regular Devon Life column.
More places to enjoy South Devon wines
Of course, you don’t need to go on a wine tour to enjoy a glass of Devon wine. Many local restaurants and bars are proud to serve locally-produced drinks.
Here are some of our favourite places to eat in and around Dartmouth, and don’t miss out on an al fresco drink at these pubs and cafes with outdoor seating.
And if you’d like to buy a bottle of locally-made wine or spirits to take home, why not visit one of these farmers markets in South Devon.