Old Walls Vineyard
Muddy says: In vino veritas! The Romans quaffed wine on this very spot, 2000 years ago – now you can take a tour, tuck into tapas on the terrace and go home with a top-notch wine raised on the steepest vineyard in the UK.
Perched on a south-facing slope that makes the sci-fi curves of Inception look tame, Old Walls Vineyard is the steepest in the UK, and produces 8 wines, including a sassy sparkling and a rich ruby-red named for the nearby ruinous 13th century summer palace of the Bishop of Exeter. They do tours year-round: in summer you can take a 2-3 hour tour and quaff the tasty vino among the leafy rows, or in winter sit amongst the bottles and the press in the winery with the original founder, Ken Daw.
You can just come for a bite in an airy clubhouse style restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking Bishops’ rolling hills and rooftops – the Regent’s Bistro – where you can tuck into a cooked brekkie, light lunches and pub classics like fish and chips, as well as Friday night tapas and Sunday roast with all the trimmings.
Fancy a night among the vines? Stay in one of six tastefully kitted-out lodges (two dog-friendly) with room for 4, a wine chiller (obvs), an outdoor BBQ in a bijou back-yard and a verandah with views of 10,000 vines on your doorstep. Or if you’re looking for a quirky venue for a BIG Day, Old Walls have just launched an upstairs party space complete with bar, beers on tap, their Devon red, white rose and sparkling (made in time-honoured champagne fashion) and balcony views over the Teign estuary and coast. Bottoms up!