Grand Tours of Giffords Hall Vineyard
IP29 4EX, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
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- 29th June 11:00am - 18th April 12:00pm
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About this event
Giffords Hall is a family owned vineyard planted on the site of an ancient glacial riverbed near Long Melford in Suffolk. Our sandy/clay soil produces quality grapes, high in natural sugars and acids, that lend themselves particularly well to both sparkling and dry, aromatic still wines.
The vineyard was planted around 25 years ago and the vines are now in their prime. Madeleine Angevine, Bacchus, Reichensteiner, Rondo, Pinot Noir, (both Burgundian and Precoce), and of course our Pinot Blanc, all do well on this site.Our wines have received many awards and trophies over the years including the Waitrose trophy for most outstanding rose and National English Wine Trophy for our Bacchus.The Grand TourA Grand Tour includes a fully guided tour of the vineyard, with a talk on the grape varieties we grow and the wines they produce, followed by a tasting and presentation of three wines and three liqueurs. The cafe is open for cakes, coffee and ice creams and the shop is full of lovely things to buy!
Our Grand Tours start at 11am (fairly promptly) and last approximately an hour. To book select the date you would like and print off your email receipt as proof of purchase. We do not send out vouchers for this tour.
Dogs are welcome but must remain on a lead as we have lambs and chicks. Please bring comfortable footwear to walk in, and wellies & waterproofs if the weather is uncertain.
£25 per person - children under 18 free (the wine tasting is only available to visitors over 18 years of age - please do not be offended if we ask for proof of age).2022 DatesMonday 18 April
Monday 2 May
Thursday 2 June
Friday 3 June
Monday 29 August
Tours start fairly promptly at 11am, book your tickets (£25) online at the website above!
About the Venue
Giffords Hall is a family owned Vineyard near Long Melford in Suffolk where we grow Bacchus, Madeleine Angevine, Reichensteiner, Rondo and Pinot Noir varieties. Our sandy/clay soil produces quality grapes, high in natural sugars and acids, that lend themselves particularly well to both sparkling and dry aromatic still wines.
We make white, sparkling, rose and red wines and our wines have a delicate floral character very typical of the region. 90% of Giffords Wines are PDO or PGI classified and single estate only – we have three single Varietal wines.
East Anglia is fast becoming a recognisable wine growing region. In addition to areas of very favourable terroir, land prices and the driest climate in the UK, have resulted in Vines being grown commercially in the area from the first modern pioneers of the 40s. This statistic doesn’t apply just to the present: there is strong evidence to support that theory that East Anglia supplied a third of the tithe of grapes to Rome, and their legionaries enjoyed the East Anglian posting because of ‘the quality of the wine’.
UK vineyards in southern Britain import nearly half their grapes from East Anglia, particularly the Bacchus and Pinot Noir varieties which require drier weather to fruit and ripen. East Anglia has consistently won more gold medals for Bacchus than any other region.