Tours & Tastings
We are now closed for the 2023 season - the opening schedule and hours for the 2024 season will be posted here in the new year!
There is no need to book to visit us - simply come along whenever the vineyard is open!
A note on our opening hours - the vineyard business is run by just two people which means we balance our opening hours with all of the other vineyard work. This includes tending the 2,000 vines throughout the season from winter pruning through to harvest; managing the grassland and hedges; picking, pressing and bottling the apple juices and ciders; harvesting grapes and producing the wines; brewing our micro-batch beers; maintenance and repairs; as well as weekly changeovers in our two shepherds huts. As you might imagine, this keeps us on our toes! We try to open the vineyard for visits as much as we can, but please accept our apologies if we are closed on a day you had hoped to visit.
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.
Wine tasting includes a flight of St Martin's Vineyard wines - all produced right here on the vineyard.
The self-guided tour and tasting combined costs £10 per person and under 16's are free. If you just want to explore the vineyard, or only have time for a tasting flight, these cost just £6 per person.
Prices are per person - voucher includes a free personalised message.
Take a walk around our self-guided Vine Trail. There are nine stops which take you from the lower slopes up to the top of the vineyard and introduce a range of topics from the viticulture to the wine making and the history of agriculture here on St Martin's.
Our self-guided tour booklet has a page dedicated to each stop and there are further interpretation boards to give a little more insight on some of the most interesting aspects of the site such as the wildflowers, birdlife and insects as well as regenerative agriculture and the wine-making process.
We began the self-guided tours in response to COVID in 2020, but we have kept the approach as it has proved very popular with our visitors. Some will spend an hour or more exploring the site whilst others will zip round in 20 minutes and settle in to enjoy the wine tasting - you can enjoy the vineyard at your own pace and on your own terms!
It's not all about the wine here - we're just as passionate about the wildlife and biodiversity which the vineyard supports and our Woodland Walk is the best place to experience this.
The walk takes you out of the vine rows and up through an elm copse which is dotted with bluebells, red campion and daffodils in the springtime. The path emerges into a wild area of bracken and bramble with stunning views of the Daymark and Eastern Isles before looping back through our newly planted orchard to rejoin the main vineyard trail.
We offer tasting flights of our wines which can be enjoyed either as part of the vineyard tour, or on their own.
In 2023, we are serving a combination of the 2020 and 2021 vintage wines including our white Orion/Seyval blend, an off-dry white Reserve, a rosé an a full-bodied red produced from the Rondo and Regent varieties.
All wines served are produce here in our onsite winery from fruit grown here on the vineyard. From grape to glass, everything happens right here within our 5 acre site.
The Vineyard Tour
The vineyard tours are self-guided - we will welcome you to the vineyard and introduce the site, then set you off with a guidebook which takes 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. As we are a small site, the seating is all al fresco though we do have covered seating areas for inclement weather.
We also offer wine by the glass, our own vineyard ciders, as well as our range of beers produced here on the vineyard in 50l batches meaning there are only 100 bottles of any given brew - a truly unique experience!
Shop and Visitor Centre
Our shop and visitor cente provides more information on the vineyard and offers a chance to buy a bottle or two of our wines; liqueurs; and hand-pressed island apple juice. The opening hours for the shop will coincide with our general opening hours for tours and tastings each week.
We do have a toilet onsite for patrons of the vineyard - the nearest public toilets are located just a five minute walk along the track at Higher Town quay.
All seating is outdoors with under-cover seating options. We will open provided the weather is safe, but in inclement weather, waterproofs are advisable!
Children under 16 are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Whilst we have taken every precaution to ensure that the vineyard is as safe as possible, this is a working site and we do ask that children keep to the designated visitor areas for their own safety.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the vineyard but must be kept on a lead at all times (we have three vineyard cats!). We also ask that you clear up after them please.