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Mersea Island lies between the estuaries of the Blackwater and Colne rivers, about nine miles south of Colchester.
The present Mersea Island Vineyard was established in 1985. Today there are about ten acres, five grape varieties, producing some twenty thousand bottles each year of fine wines and real ale (cask and bottled conditioned).
Legend has it that the Romans grew grapes on the Island and with its gently sloping, south facing fields, the vineyard is still the perfect place for vines. Mersea Island vineyard offers a range of white wines from very dry to when conditions on the Vineyard have allowed it sweet desert wine. There is even a superb sparkling wine, produced using the authentic ‘Methode Champagnoise’ secondary fermentation process.
Scheduled tours include a conducted tour of the vineyard and winery, followed by wine tasting and vineyard platter of seafood (provided by The Company Shed) or ploughmans (ham or cheese). Call in advance for more information.
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- On-site catering
- Guided tours for groups
Map & Directions
From A12 at Colchester follow signs for Zoo. From Zoo follow signposts for Mersea Island B1025. Bear Left after crossing the Strood (road that connects island to mainland) Follow main road for approx 3 miles.Turn Right at First turning past parish sign. Follow lane through bends, the vineyard is on the right.Public Transport from either of Colchester's 2 train stations , or the Bus station , get a Taxi to Mersea Island Vineyard.