Tours & Tastings
We are now open for Summer 2020 - whilst things will be a little different this year, we are confident that our comprehensive measures will ensure the safety of visitors and islanders alike. Please read this page carefully and bookings are appreciated as our capacity is limited - however we can almost always accommodate those who walk past and want to call in!
Self-guided Tours and Tastings
On our self-guided tours you can follow the vine-trail around the vineyard to learn about the viticulture & wine-making that happens here on the vineyard.
Self-guided tours cost £7 .50 per person and £1 per child under 16. At the end of your walk there will be a complimentary tasting of four different wines produced right here on St Martin's Vineyard.
Opening Times for the week commencing 3rd August 2020
The Opening Hours table above is updated each Saturday with the formal vineyard timetable. We are usually open most days but if the logistics of your stay mean that you cannot visit on a formal 'open' day, please get in touch with us and we will do our best to accommodate your visit wherever possible.
Bookings and Capacity
Booking, whilst not essential, would be greatly appreciated - you can do so online here. We do have a maximum capacity for tasting at any one time, in common with most establishments serving food and drink. If you book with us in advance, we can secure you a slot - otherwise there may be a short delay at busy times whilst we undertake cleaning between visitors.
COVID Record Keeping
In line with government guidance, we will be recording the names and contact details of every visitor to the vineyard in 2020 - this will be kept for 21 days and will be destroyed after that time if no outbreak is reported. If you book online it will reduce contact time and admin upon arrival allowing you to get on with enjoying your visit! We don't ask for payment in advance and if you run late or early, we are happy to be flexible as long as our capacity allows - this is simply to make things run as smoothly as possible.
The Vineyard Tour
Due to COVID restrictions we will not be offering guided tours this season and all tours will be self-guided . We will have guidebooks which take you around a signposted Vine Trail from the first fields planted back in 1996 through to the top of the vineyard with beautiful views out over the Eastern Isles. The guide will introduce the history of the site, the varieties planted, the viticulture and wine making we undertake here as well as information on the wildlife and our sustainable approach.
Either at the end of a tour, or as an activity in itself, we offer wine tasting - this will be outdoors on picnic tables spaced over 2m apart to allow appropriate social distancing. Your flight of St Martin's Vineyard wines will be brought to your table along with tasting notes which tell you about the wine itself and the varieties from which the wine is made. At the end of the tasting you can leave the glasses on your table - we will collect glasses, sterilise them and clean the tables between visitors.
We regret that due to the requirements for cleaning and disinfection necessary to ensure safety, we will not be opening any indoor spaces in 2020 - this includes the shop and the winery. We will still be selling vineyard produce and would be delighted if you chose to take a bottle (or a few) home with you! Prices and availability of wines and apple juice will be posted on a board at the end of the tour/tasting. We also have an Honesty Stall for apple juice at the front of the vineyard gate for those in a hurry!
There are no toilet facilities available for public use on the vineyard - however the nearest public toilets are located just a five minute walk along the track at Higher Town quay.
All seating is outdoors and in the open - we are happy to provide tours and tastings whatever the weather but the experience will be much more pleasant when the weather is dry. When the weather forecast is poor - either with rain or strong winds - we will offer alternative opening days for that particular week to coincide with better conditions.
What to do when you arrive
When you arrive, head in through the gate and you'll see the sign where we'll ask you to stop and ring the bell - we will come out to you!
We will confirm contact details and payment (contactless preferred), answer any questions you may have, and then direct you to the beginning of the Vine Trail.
COVID safety measures during your visit
The Vine Trail is one-way but there is always opportunity to linger and explore - there is plenty of space on the site and the tracks are wide so we ask that you exercise common sense and maintain social distancing when encountering other visitors within the vineyard.
Hand-sanitisers will be provided at the entrance, exit and at the wine tasting tables. We encourage the use of masks in areas where the risk of close proximity is greatest - this is especially around the entrance/exit and wine tasting area.
If you are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms of COVID prior to your visit, please do not attend. If you feel unwell during your visit, or after, please let us know straight away. St Martin's and the Isles of Scilly have a comprehensive plan in place should a visitor have COVID symptoms during their stay here - please ensure you are familiar with this guidance before attending.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the vineyard but must be kept on a lead at all times (we have two vineyard cats!). We also ask that you clear up after them please.
Directions from Lower Town Quay
Make your way along the main road which runs east from Lower Town, passing through Middle Town and on into Higher Town. Follow directions towards Higher Town Quay, passing downhill through a beautiful elm-arched track to bring you out by the beach. Turn left and follow the sandy track around Pool Green cricket pitch, with Par Beach on your right hand side. From this point, you can follow the directions below...
Directions from Higher Town Quay
Turn right when you leave the quay and head along the sandy track which skirts the cricket pitch known as Pool Green with Par Beach on your right hand side. Continue past Adam's Fish and Chip Shop and Little Arthur Bistro - the vineyard is the next turn-off to the left.