Shropshire Vineyard

The vineyard is the heart of the Hencote estate. It is the realisation of a tireless effort to create quality English wine. Combining modern thinking with traditional, environmentally-conscious methods has transformed acres of land into a flourishing vineyard. Now, we want to share the fruits of our labour with visitors. To get involved: book a vineyard tour, adopt a vine or order some of our wine online.

Our Story

Moulded by the glaciers of the Triassic Age, the land upon which the Hencote vineyard sits is rich with history. The discovery of Roman remains nearby suggests it was settled as long ago as the 2nd century. In the time since, the land has performed a number of functions: it has supported orchards, pasture and arable land, as well as a farmhouse. In 2015, when we planted 18,000 vines, it began life as a vineyard. Whilst its function has evolved over the years, the landscape has remained essentially unchanged.

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OUR WINES

The land gives Hencote wine its unique character and our team does their utmost to preserve the land’s distinctive microclimate: no herbicides, minimal pesticide use and traditional, hand-picked harvesting. We prefer to let the conditions of the land take a leading role in dictating the kind of wine we create and we believe that this pragmatic approach means the very best outcome for every vine.

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Vineyard Tours

On our vineyard tours, guests have the opportunity to not only marvel in the majesty of their surroundings, but soak up our own passion for wine. Educational, as well as exciting, you’ll learn about the benefits of our precision management approach to viticulture and depending on the time of year, have the chance to try some of the growing grapes. Surveying the equipment in the winery, you’ll gain an understanding of the philosophies that govern our approach to winemaking. And, of course, no vineyard tour would be complete without a wine tasting component: you’ll sample a range of quality English wines.

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Adopt a Vine

For many, one visit to the Hencote vineyard isn’t enough. As the seasons change, the vineyard changes too – giving rise to very different experiences at different times of the year. In spring, you might see the start of inflorescence. In summer, you’ll see the flowering process before a vineyard awash with the vibrant colours of veraison. Our ‘adopt a vine’ package bestows visitors with the privilege of claiming their very own part of the Hencote vineyard. Not only are they invited to tour the vineyard between May and September, they’ll also get the chance to participate in the harvest of their vine come autumn.

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stars “We had a great day. Could not fault anything.”

We had a great day. Could not fault anything. Lovely wines, delicious food and brilliant hosts. We are lucky to have this facility on our doorstep and can't wait until the restaurant opens. Highly recommended.

Teresa Walker
stars “I have just returned home after a wonderful stay at Hencote.”

From the moment I reached Hencote with its beautiful surroundings I began to relax. Hencote itself is pure luxury. The sumptuous bed, free standing bath and gorgeous fluffy towels were my personal favourites!

Charlie Brown
stars “Thank you so much for the amazing hospitality.”

The care and attention showed by the fabulous team. Luxurious yet homely feel to the accommodation. Thank you so much for the amazing hospitality. I could stay here for a month/year! I don’t think that I have ever felt so relaxed!

Eluned Watson