Sample wine in the West Country

Sample wine in the West Country

Wine lovers who have long crossed the channel to sample the best of independent vineyards will now find it easier than ever to enjoy wineries closer to home, thanks to the West Country Wine Trails brochure from Helpful Holidays.

The brochure maps out the region’s best vineyards and pairs them with nearby holiday homes. Wine aficionados can take tours, meet the producers, sit down for meals and taste some of the wines produced before retiring to the gorgeous local properties. For example, close to award-winning Polgoon Vineyard in Penzance, Helpful Holidays suggest four new townhouses (sleeping four, ?240 per week) and The Old Vicarage (sleeps 10, ?379 per week).

A recent boom in popularity has led to vineyards in the UK expanding and producing cheeses (Sharpham Vineyard near the river Dart has an excellent selection) and soft fruits alongside bottles. And amateurs and connoisseurs alike will appreciate the expertise of both the vineyards and Helpful Holidays – call ahead with your preferences for the ideal match. Or take our advice and visit Camel Valley; we can vouch for its sparkling wine.

All self-catering holiday homes are individual and traditional in style, many converted from farm houses, barns and cottages, and sleep from two to 48.

To request a copy of the brochure call 01647 434063 or view all 600 properties online at, and book now to receive a ?40 discount voucher off a case from online retailer Naked Wines (minimum spend ?79.99).

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