A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to Wyken Vineyards.
There were lots of little lambs, blossom and wine. It was pretty idyllic!
Wyken Vineyards is a 1200 acre farm full of sheep, woodland, fields, gardens a couple of llama and even a maze. There’s a lot to explore, plus there’s a shop where you can pick up all kinds of homeware products, kids toys, books, stationary, food, toiletries and even clothing. They even have a restaurant and cafe, called The Leaping Hare, onsite for refreshments after you’ve taken a wander around the grounds. I highly recommend you try the chocolate mousse and sour cherry sorbet if you get the chance – it was delicious.
As the name suggests they’re also home to a 7 acre vineyard where they produce the grapes that make their wine – some of it is even award winning! Actually, I never knew that wine was made in the East of England, so taking a trip here was pretty interesting. I had the chance to taste a few of their offerings and I was taken by all of them. Their sparkling white (Moonshine) was a crowd favourite and their sparkling rosé had a few takers too – including me – but we also fell in love with their two white wines. Their Bacchus (award winning) is a dry white with a Sauvignon-esque style which I really enjoyed and their Madeleine Angevine is slightly sweeter and an absolute joy to drink (soooo smooth). We may have picked up a bottle or two to take home to drink….
Sadly we didn’t get to see the vineyard for ourselves as the route through was closed for lambing season, but it’s something I’d love to go back and see. We did, however, have a chilly walk through the beautiful grounds blooming with blossoms and daffodils. What could be more ‘spring’ than daffodils and lambs?!
It’s a gorgeous spot in the Suffolk countryside and I definitely want to visit again soon. And, no, not just so I can taste more wine – I actually want to check out the Saturday Farmers’ Market – but that would be an excellent bonus!
Wyken Vineyards, Wyken Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 2DW