Shropshire Vineyards and Wineries to Discover in 2024

If you enjoy a glass of wine, take a look at these 9 fantastic vineyards located in and around Shropshire.

A person in a plaid shirt is using pruning shears to harvest green grapes from a vine at Rowton Vineyard, Shropshire .
© Rowton Vineyard

Although wine has been produced in Britain since Roman times, English wine didn’t really take off until the late 20th century. Initially, wine production was mainly in southern England, but now you’ll find vineyards and wineries further north, including my home county of Shropshire.

OK, it’s not quite the Loire Valley, where 7,000 vineyards are dotted along a 1000-km route. But Shropshire boasts several fine vineyards that create high-quality, award-winning wines.

So here’s a selection of the wineries and vineyards of Shropshire. Many offer wine tours and tasting sessions, and some have additional facilities like beautiful restaurants, luxury glamping lodges and cellar door shops. 

If you’re planning a break in Shropshire, visiting one of these fantastic vineyards would be a wonderful way to spend the day learning about viniculture and sampling their delicious wines.

I’ve also included a couple of vineyards just over the border into Staffordshire. These would also be easy to fit into your Shropshire holiday.

All images are used with kind permission of the vineyards.

Key Takeaways

  • Shropshire has several excellent vineyards, most of which were planted since the start of the 21st century.
  • The most popular grapes include Solaris, Rondo and Pinot Noir Précoce, which suit Shropshire’s cooler climate.
  • Volunteering at a Shropshire vineyard is another great way to learn about winemaking.
  • Kerry Vale Vineyard, Rowton Vineyard and Hencote Vineyard also offer luxury accommodation.
A sign for Kerry Vale Vineyard, Shropshire, stands beside a road with rows of grapevines in the background on a sunny day.
© Kerry Vale Vineyard

Kerry Vale Vineyard

Russell and Jan Cooke bought Kerry Vale Vineyard in 2020, 10 years after the first vines were planted. This family-run business is situated close to the site of the Roman fort of Pentreheyling on the English border of rural Shropshire. 

Kerry Vale Vineyard offers a range of red, white and rose wines created using grape varieties including Rondo, Phoenix and Solaris, which is similar to a Sauvignon Blanc. The range also includes their intriguing Illusion white wine, an off-dry white wine made using the Rondo grape. This grape is usually reserved for red wines and gives the wine its distinctive gold colour.

Also in the range is the Kerry Vale Sparkling White. This crisp sparkling wine is made using the Champagne method, and won a Bronze Medal at the WineGB Awards 2023

A selection of wine bottles from Kerry Vale Vineyard, Shropshire, is displayed in a row against a rustic corrugated metal backdrop with a wooden barrel sign above.
© Kerry Vale Vineyard

Kerry Vale Vineyard wines can be purchased online or in the Kerry Vale online wine shop. You can also enjoy a glass of wine with lunch in the cafe, which serves locally sourced produce. 

Kerry Vale Vineyard offers guided vineyard tours, which start in the visitor centre and finish with a wine tasting session. You can accompany your wine with a delicious local cheese platter or afternoon tea. 

Volunteers are welcomed to help with the autumn grape harvest and tasks like pruning and general maintenance throughout the year. This is a great way for wine lovers to learn about viniculture and the world of wine.

And a stay in the luxurious Vineyard House is perfect for exploring the local area. 

Kerry Vale Vineyard
Pentreheyling, Shropshire, SY15 6HU
https://www.kerryvalevineyard.co.uk

Twin sisters and owners of Rowton Vineyard, Shropshire, Zoe and Melissa Evans are engaged in a conversation at an outdoor table with glasses of wine, overlooking the scenic Shropshire landscape.
© Rowton Vineyard

Rowton Vineyard

Twin sisters Zoe and Melissa Evans established Rowton Vineyard in 2020, on land that’s been in their family since the 1960s. This five-acre English vineyard lies around eight miles east of the market town of Shrewsbury, overlooking the Shropshire hills. It’s part of a working farm that has acres of farmland growing crops and a herd of Limousin cattle. 

The vineyard faces southeast, which gives maximum sun exposure, and a line of trees acts as a natural windbreak. Melissa and Zoe opted to plant the vineyard with hybrid grape varieties that can be grown without many chemicals. This is better both for the land and for the wine. 

These varieties include Solaris, which is similar to a Sauvignon Blanc, the Chablis-style Seyval Blanc and Pinot Noir Précoce. This is an early-ripening variety of Pinot Noir grapes that is ideal for the English Midlands climate.

A bottle of Rowton Vineyard's Solaris white wine placed next to a filled wine glass, set against a blurred natural background.
© Rowton Vineyard

The vineyard runs events throughout the year, and private tours and tasting sessions can be arranged by email. Two stone barns on the farm have been converted into a cosy farmhouse B&B, where you’ll also find a cellar door shop selling the vineyard’s own wine. 

Volunteers are also welcome to help with the harvest, which falls between September and November. It’s a tiring task, but a homemade harvest lunch and plenty of cake are all part of the experience!

Rowton Vineyard
Ford, Shrewsbury, SY5 9NG
https://www.rowtonvineyard.co.uk

Wroxeter Roman Vineyard

Located in a bend of the River Severn near Shrewsbury, Wroxeter Roman Vineyard is the oldest Shropshire vineyard,. The first vines were planted there by David Millington in 1991. 

Wroxeter Roman Vineyard sits near the site of the Roman city of Viroconium Cornoviorum (Wroxeter), where the Romans would have grown vines around 2000 years ago. The vineyard now produces a range of wines, including the medium-sweet Shropshire Gold, dark cherry Shropshire Red and Emily Rose wine, among others. 

Wroxeter Vineyard offers a Special Vineyard Tour experience. This includes a tour of the Shropshire vineyard, tutored wine tasting and lunch. You can buy Wroxeter wines and book your tour in their online shop. 

Wroxeter Roman Vineyard
Wroxeter, Shrewsbury SY5 6PQ
https://wroxetervineyard.co.uk

A lush green vineyard of vines at Hencote Vineyard, Shropshire, under a partly cloudy sky with patches of shadows cast by the clouds.
© Hencote Vineyard

Hencote Vineyard

Andy and Dora Stevens settled at Hencote, just north of Shrewsbury, in 1997. Since then, they have turned the land into a beautiful estate that also grows a range of crops.

Initially a hobby vineyard, the first 160 vines were planted in 2009. By 2015, this number had risen to 24,000 vines planted in Hencote’s new vineyard. The Stevens family take a hands-on approach to viniculture, which makes the most of their Shropshire terroir. Along with minimal use of pesticides, this allows the vines to flourish and results in a range of high-quality English wine. 

Hencote wines range from the familiar Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to the modern rose Suzanne, with notes of rose hip and strawberry. The Evolution sparkling wine, with its bouquet of crab apple and hedgerow herbs, is another popular option.

The elegant restaurant at Hencote Vineyard with arranged table settings, colourful chairs, and large windows offering a scenic view of the surrounding Shropshire countryside.
© Hencote Vineyard

The View restaurant at Hencote is the ideal place to drink in panoramic views of the vineyard and the beautiful Shropshire countryside. It has an imaginative menu that showcases the best of local Shropshire produce. 

Hencote offers vineyard and winery tours, which allow visitors to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and learn about the Hencote approach to winemaking. Each tour includes a chance to sample a selection of Hencote wine. 

You can extend your visit with a stay in one of the luxury lodges at the Hencote Vineyard Glamping Village. The glamping lodges here have features like private hot tubs, roll top baths and log burners. They’re the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a family holiday. 

A range of packages are available for an unforgettable glamping experience. All children staying at the glamping village enjoy free breakfasts. 

Hencote Vineyard
Hencote, Shrewsbury SY4 3AB
https://www.hencote.com

Clusters of ripening grapes on the vine at Hencote Vineyard, Shropshire, transitioning in colour from green to purple.
© Hencote Vineyard

Colemere Vineyard

Colemere is a small family vineyard about 3 miles east of Ellesmere in North Shropshire. It’s run by Simon Day, a second-generation English winemaker with over 30 years of experience in vineyards and winemaking. 

The first vines at Colemere were planted in 2014, and the vineyard now produces a range of high-quality wines. These include a deep pink rose wine and a sparkling red wine with opulent notes of dark fruits and pepper.

You can explore the wines of Colemere Vineyard on one of their winery tours and tasting events. The Colemere Wine Club gives members special discounts on their wines, an invitation to join the grape harvest and advance notification of vineyard events. A subscription would make a perfect present for any wine lover!

Visit the online Cellar Door shop to buy Colemere Vineyard wines, subscriptions and wine experiences.

Colemere Vineyard
Colemere Vineyard, The Old Vicarage, Colemere, Shropshire, SY12 0QL
https://www.colemere.co.uk

Rodington Vineyard

In 2009, the Chahal family planted the first vines at Rodington Vineyard near Telford, Shropshire. It was the culmination of a long-held family dream of owning a vineyard. The first harvest followed in 2013, and they now grow a variety of grapes, including Solaris, Ortega and Rondo. 

Rodington Vineyard produces a range of red, white, and rose wines, including a sparkling rose and a sparkling white made from top-quality Seyval Blanc grapes. Their Blue Tractor Wines have won awards, including the prestigious International Silver Medal from the International Wine Challenge and the Welland Valley Trophy for Best Rosé Wine.

You can buy Blue Tractor Wines from the Rodington Vineyard website or their shop at the vineyard, and they also offer winery tours and wine tasting sessions. Email bluetractorwines@hotmail.com for more info.

Rodington Vineyard
Rodington Road, Sugden Lane, Telford, Shropshire, Telford TF6 6ND
https://rodingtonvineyard.co.uk/

Colehurst Vineyard

The Jones family planted their first vines at Coleyard vineyard in 2007. It now grows Madeleine Angevine, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Phoenix grapes on 1.5 hectares of land near Market Drayton in Shropshire.

The grapes are blended to create a range of still and sparkling wines in red, white, and rosé varieties. These are available from the Jones family’s coffee houses in Market Drayton and Whitchurch and the Battlefield 1403 farm shop in Shrewsbury. 

Colehurst Vineyard is a private vineyard and doesn’t currently offer any wine tours or tasting sessions.

Colehurst Vineyard
https://jonescoffeehouse.com/vineyard

Rows of lush vine plants at Pattingham Vineyard, Staffordshire, with a blurry background suggesting a rural landscape.
© Pattingham Vineyard

Just over the Shropshire border

Although Shropshire wines are growing in stature, there still aren’t many Shropshire vineyards where you can enjoy a wine tour or tasting session. 

So here are some additional wineries just over the border from Shropshire, which you can easily fit into your Shropshire holiday itinerary.

Aerial view of a tractor working in vibrant green Pattingham Vineyard with distinct rows of vines.
© Pattingham Vineyard

Pattingham Vineyard

Pattingham Vineyard is located just over the border between Shropshire and Staffordshire, around 15 miles southeast of Telford. The vineyard was created in 2018 and now covers 12 acres of south-facing slopes that have never been exposed to chemicals. Combined with natural spring water, this lets the Wilcox family take a low-impact, sustainable approach to winemaking.

The first major harvest followed in 2021, and Pattingham Vineyard now grows six grape varieties that are used in a variety of award-winning still and sparkling wines. These include a crisp, refreshing Solaris white wine, a blush rose wine that’s perfect for summer evenings and a fruity red wine made with Pinot Noir Précoce grapes. 

Pattingham Vineyard offers wine tours between May and October, which include an introduction to the winemaking process and the grapes grown in the vineyard. You can then take a leisurely stroll through the vineyard before enjoying a tasting session featuring five wine samples accompanied by a range of English tapas.

The new tasting room will open at Pattingham Vineyard this summer, where visitors can sample the wine while enjoying views over the vineyard.

Wine sales and tour bookings are available through the Pattingham Vineyard online shop

Pattingham Vineyard
Great Moor Road, Pattingham, Wolverhampton WV6 7AT
https://www.pattinghamvineyard.co.uk

A collection of seven bottles of Pattingham Vineyard wine with various labels displayed in a row against a marble background.
© Pattingham Vineyard

Halfpenny Green Vineyard

40 years ago, farmer Martin Vickers planted the vineyard at Halfpenny Green, near Bobbington in Staffordshire, just over the border from Shropshire. Today, Halfpenny Green Vineyard (pronounced Hay-penny Green) covers 30 acres, making it one of the largest UK vineyards. 

Halfpenny Green Vineyard produces award-winning wines that are a match for those made on the continent. 16 different varieties of grapes are grown, including familiar varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir alongside weather-hardy grapes such as Bacchus, Huxelrebe and Rondo.

Wine tastings and guided tours are available, as well as a self-guided trail through the vines. The site also includes a popular shop, restaurant and tea rooms serving afternoon tea, making Halfpenny Green an ideal destination for a day out.

Halfpenny Green Vineyard
Upper Whittimere Farm, Tom Lane, Halfpenny Green, Bobbington DY7 5EP
https://www.halfpennygreen.co.uk

Have you visited a Shropshire vineyard or tried any Shropshire wines? Which vineyard would you like to visit this summer?

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