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Vineyards & Wineries in Channel Islands

Channel Islands Vineyards & Wineries

The vineyards on the English Channel Islands have many facilities to accommodate visitors. Visitors to some of the vineyards on the English Channel Islands will find tours, restaurants, and places to stay. Listed below are some of the wine-producing islands in the English Channel.

  1. Isle of Wight
  2. Jersey
  3. Guernsey

1. Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has over 9.000 hectares of vineyards. Visitors to the vineyards on the Isle of Wight may find restaurants and places to stay. The Isle of Wight produces sparkling blue wine, still white wine, still rosé wine and still red wine. The Isle of Wight is home to the oldest continuously operating vineyard in the UK. 

2. Jersey

Although Jersey is a small island with limited space for agriculture the island is home to over 5.000 hectares of vineyards. Visitors are welcome on tours at some of the vineyards and some have facilities to accommodate corporate events and weddings. Jersey produces sparkling white wine, sparkling rosé wine as well as still white wine, still rosé wine and still red wine. Jersey is very close to the French region of Normandy and therefore the culture from France is very strong in the region.

3. Guernsey

Guernsey has at least 0.8 hectares of vineyards. Visitors can look forward to enjoying wine along the beach or in the picturesque countryside on the island. Families can enjoy some wine tasting and learn much about the history of viticulture in Guernsey which has a French influence.

How big is the English Channel vineyard area?

The English Channel vineyard area is over 15 hectares. This size amounts to around 0.7% of the total English wine area.

Are the vineyards in the English Channel open to the public? 

Yes, some of the vineyards on the English Channel islands are open to the public. Some of the vineyards on the English Channel islands are listed below.

  1. Adgestone Vineyard: The vineyard is open for tours and there is also a farm shop and a place to stay overnight. Adgestone vineyard welcomes families and has disabled access.
  2. La Mare Vineyard: The vineyard is open for tours and there is also a restaurant, shop and function room.
  3. Henniere Vineyard: The vineyard is open by appointment and wine tasting is available.

What are some of the facilities that can be found in English Channel vineyards?

There are many facilities available at the vineyards in the English Channel Vineyards. Some of the facilities that can be found in English Channel vineyards are listed below.

  1. Café/Restaurant
  2. Shop
  3. Accomodation
  4. Venue Hire
  5. Disabled Access
  6. Winery
  7. Car Park

Are there any wineries in the English Channel?

Yes, there are some wineries on the English Channel Islands. Some of the wineries on the English Channel Islands are listed below.

  1. Adgestone Vineyard
  2. Rosemary Vineyard
  3. La Mare Wine Estate
  4. Henniere Vineyard

Do the vineyards in the English Channel have wineries?

Yes, some of the vineyards on the English Channel Islands have wineries. Some of the vineyards with wineries on the English Channel Islands are listed below.

  1. Adgestone Vineyard
  2. Rosemary Vineyard
  3. La Mare Wine Estate
  4. Henniere Vineyard

Which vineyards in the English Channel have shops?

Some of the vineyards on the English Channel Islands have shops. Some of the vineyards on the English Channel islands are listed below. 

  1. Adgestone Vineyard
  2. La Mare Wine Estate

Are there any wine tasting and vineyard tours in the English Channel?

Yes, there are some wine tasting experiences and vineyard tours on the English Channel Islands. Some of the most popular wine tasting experiences and vineyard tours on the channel islands are listed below.

  1. The Grape to Glass Experience at Adgestone Vineyard: The vineyard tour is led by an audio guide through the vineyard and the fermentation and bottling room. Visitors can choose to include a wine tasting session at the end where they will be taught tasting techniques. The vineyard tour costs at least £10 and the whole experience costs at least £18.
  2. Estate Tour at La Mare Wine Estate: The wine tasting and tour is a guided tour around the production areas and chocolate kitchen followed by tasting of a variety of estate made products including two wines, apple brandy cream liqueur, and a gin and tonic.

What are the things to do at the vineyards in the English Channel?

There are many activities that visitors can do at the vineyards on the English Channel Islands. Some of the things that visitors can do at the vineyards on the English Channel Islands are listed below.

  1. Venue hire for private parties and events
  2. Venue hire for corporate events
  3. Venue hire for weddings
  4. Live music
  5. Vineyard tours
  6. Wine tasting

What is the geography and climate of the English Channel wine region?

The geography of the wine region on the English Channel islands is similar to the rest of England. Some of the vineyards on the Channel Islands benefit from chalky soil. The climate is cool and moist as the islands are surrounded by the sea. 

The weather on the Channel Islands is slightly cooler than the south of England, therefore, the ripening of the grapes is slower in the English Channel islands and they don’t reach the same sweetness as the southern English grapes. The climate therefore affects the wine producing less flavour and alcohol content. The climate of the English Channel Islands also limits the varieties of grapes that can be successfully grown in the vineyards. 

The geological conditions on the English Channel Islands vary from one island to another. The Isle of Wight benefits from chalky soil similar to the Champagne regions. The fertile soil in Jersey, on the other hand, is on top of granite. The soil conditions on both the Isle of Wight and Jersey produce a good harvest of grapes for making wine.

What are the major grape varieties in the English Channel?

There are a few grape varieties grown on the English Channel Islands. Some of the major grape varieties grown on the English Channel Islands are listed below.

  1. Pinot Noir
  2. Seyval Blanc
  3. Phoenix
  4. Regent
  5. Rondo
  6. Phoenix

What wines are produced in the English Channel?

There are many wines produced on the English Channel Islands. Some of the wines produced on the English Channel Islands are listed below.

  1. Sparkling white wine
  2. Sparkling rosé wine
  3. Still white wine
  4. Still rosé wine
  5. Still red wine

Are there any vineyard stays in the English Channel?

Yes, there are some vineyard stays at the vineyards on the English Channel Islands. There are options for self catering glamping or cottage hire. The accommodation is ideal for couples who enjoy being in the countryside. A vineyard stay on the English Channel Islands can cost at least £130 per night.

Are there any restaurants at the vineyards in the English Channel?

Yes, there are some restaurants at the vineyards on the English Channel Islands. Some of the restaurants on the English Channel Islands are listed below.

  1. La Mare Wine Estate
  2. Adgestone Vineyard

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