On a voyage of discovery in the area near my mother's place in Yorkshire, we visited Holmfirth Vineyard.
They make wine from their own grapes as well as producing from grapes from their other vineyards. After wandering into the winery where we weren't supposed to be, we chatted to the knowledgable and friendly winemaker about the vine varieties and sampled the four wines made from the local grapes. We purchased our favourite, the Seychal which is a medium white with plenty of ripe apple and pear notes.
Outside we sat drinking in the fabulous view of the Pennines and watched the group going off for a guided tour.
What an amazing place to start a vineyard tour, perched on a Yorkshire hillside overlooking the verdant fields and characteristic stone houses of the region. Instead of joining the tour we decided to sample the cuisine instead. Delicious sandwiches, Aberdeen Angus with gravy and onion marmalade and bacon, camembert and cranberry sauce - totally yum.
After drinking in the sun and the wine for a few hours we motored on to the centre of Holmfirth. Strolling around the boutiques and crossing the river we ended up at the pub to round off the afternoon with a latte.
A splendid way to spend a sunny day.