A perfect day
On a glorious April day in Devon, I awoke in anticipation of spending it with the girls and ticking something else off the bucket list as we had spontaneously planned to visit Sharpham Vineyard. We arrived via the steep winding lanes of the South Hams to be greeted by stunning views over the River Dart. We kicked things off with a glass of award-winning fizz and could have easily sat drinking in the views of this magical place all day from the rustic hilltop café, but the tour of the vineyard awaited and was not to be missed.
Climbing uphill to start, (rather slowly, due to feeling a little light-headedness) we were soon among the vines, an impressive sight lining the side of the valley as far as the eye could see and down to the water’s edge. Next came the riverside section of the walk which was beautiful and ended too soon.
If you visit one day, cormorants and kingfishers may join you but unfortunately our laughter and chat meant they heard us before we saw them. Be sure to stop and take in the peace and tranquillity that spills across this idyllic location and if it’s not yet wine o’clock, extend your walk to explore the romantic 14th century Sharpham House.
For us it was time for the main event, the wine and cheese tasting. The selection on offer was impressive. There was a choice of a dozen or more wines to taste, we recommend the Sharpham Sparkling Reserve and Bacchus. It was the right decision to leave the car keys at home! The cheeses complimented the wines perfectly, they are produced at the vineyard using the milk from the beautiful doe-eyed Jersey cattle.
The shop was our last stop where, ever so slightly inebriated, we were keen to purchase our vineyard favourites to take home to enjoy with our loved ones, whilst regaling them with our story of a perfect day in the glorious Devon countryside.