Rumour has it that the Romans produced wine near to Adgestone Vineyard and the south facing chalk downland here certainly produces a good vintage. You can sample them all in the café or on the outdoor terrace, after your tour around the vineyard, accompanied by a tasty snack or sharing platter.
Tours are by audio headset and lead you to points around the vineyard and into the winery beneath the shop and café area, finishing with a full wine tasting of all the wines produced at Adgestone. Along with the dry and medium white wines, blush and red are sweeter wines such as sweet elderflower, apricot, blackcurrant and elderflower and ginger.
Liqueurs made here include almond, lemon, cherry, coffee and chocolate, plus a chilli chocolate liqueur branded ‘Arson Fire’ that flies out of the door. This in-house brand also has chilli-infused chutneys and sauces and amusing labelling you’ll love.
Loads of Isle of Wight goodies are in stock, including Garlic Farm pickles and condiments, Goddard’s Ales and Godshill Ciders and Perrys, along with Quarr Abbey Ales and Queen’s Bower Isle of Wight Cheeses. Some of these feature on the café menu too, which along with savoury snacks offers cream teas with locally made scones and cakes.
On Saturday and Sunday between 1-3pm in the summer there is live music on the terrace where you have a great view of the vineyard and if you don’t want to leave you can stay! There is a bed and breakfast room at Adgestone with great views.