The 10 best wine tasting experiences 2021: from cheese pairings to hosting classes

WINE tasting experiences are the perfect excuse for wine-lovers to make a day out of drinking the good stuff.

They’re not as expensive as you might think, either – and can be a perfect way to broaden your wine horizons and venture into new, exciting tastes.

The best wine tasting experiences can also be a great gift for a friend, or partner, and it means you get to go along and sample your favourite poison with them, too.

So, brush up on your wine knowledge to show off at your next dinner party and sample our list of the best wine tasting experiences on the market right now in 2021.

As they say, it’s always five o’clock somewhere…

1. Virgin Experience Days

Chapel Down Winery and Vineyard

Fancy a day to enjoy the finer things in life? Virgin Experience Days are offering Luxury Wine, Champagne and Port Tasting paired with Cheese and Truffles.

For an affordable £79 (50% off), you and another wine-lover can head to the capital to learn all things wine, champers, port, cheese and sweet stuff to boast about at your next dinner party.

Based in a five-star location, two people will get generous tasting measures of a range of booze with perfect food pairings, and get advice from a qualified wine instructor. 

Make sure to go on an empty stomach, as the food pairings – like fine vintage cheese and a French lemon and lavender tartlet – will not disappoint.

  1. Luxury Wine, Champagne and Port Tasting paired with Cheese and Truffles, £79 – buy here

Why not make a holiday out of it, and spend a night away with one other person at a countryside winery retreat?

Settle into the rural beauty of the Kentish countryside on this exquisite wine tasting experience minibreak for two.

Wander up vineyards on a guided tour, sampling fine wines and picturesque views, while you learn about Chapel Down’s finest bottles of the good stuff.

It’s a break like no other, with great wine and an even better English breakfast after your heavy night of sampling Kent’s finest.

  1. One Night Countryside Break with Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting at Chapel Down Winery for Two, £135 – buy here

For under £50 you can purchase Virgin’s Tour and Tasting with Afternoon Tea for Two at Chilford Hall Vineyard, Cambridgeshire. 

Saunter through England’s oldest, and East Anglia’s largest, vineyard sampling scones and Sauvignon in a tutored tasting session.

Sample five fine wines, and see how they have transformed from grape to glass – and get a gorgeous afternoon tea to round off your day.

  1. Tour and Tasting with Afternoon Tea for Two at Chilford Hall Vineyard, £49 – buy here

2. Buyagift

Don’t miss out on a visit to one of the UK’s exquisite vineyards

For a mere £15, at across 16 locations in the UK you can get a wine tasting tour.

At a location that suits you, choose to sample a refreshing vino of your choice with an educational, guided tour at various sites across the country.

Learn the stages of how your favourite tipple makes it from grape to glass at numerous vineyards, wineries and bars nationwide, while you sip and take note to boast to your friends later.

If wine is not your thing (why are you here?!) then you can opt for a beer and brewery tour, instead.

  1. Wine or Beer Tasting for Two with Vineyard and Brewery Tours, £15 – buy here

Now, how could any wine lover miss a tour of a vineyard called Prettyfields?

It’s all in the name really – for under £50, get a Tour and Tasting with Lunch for Two from Buyagift online.

Head down to Essex with your partner in wine and get a fun but educational guided tour of gorgeous vineyards.

Sample delectable wine as a palate cleanser to a well-paired lunch in tranquil surroundings.

  1. Vineyard Tour and Tasting with Lunch for Two at Prettyfields Vineyard, £49 – buy here

Don’t worry cheese-lovers up north, we have found the perfect experience for you.

Head to Manchester’s Northern Wine School to sample the best pair since eggs and bacon: cheese and wine.

For under £80 learn how to pair a selection of cheeses with six exquisite red and white wines to be the hosts with the most at your next dinner party.

  1. Cheese and Wine Tasting Masterclass for Two at Northern Wine School, £79 – buy here

3. Red Letter Days

Spend an evening learning the ins-and-outs of all things wine

Flying solo doesn’t mean you have to miss on the best wine tasting experiences.

For £45, one person can purchase an Introduction to Wine Tasting for an evening at six locations across the UK – including Bristol, Leeds and South London.

Join a group of up to 25 other wine-lovers, and sample up to seven wines – learning how to perfectly pair food to each flavour, too.

You can even expect some advice on improving your hosting skills for your next dinner party and get some solid tips from an expert sommelier. Chin chin!

  1. Introduction to Wine Tasting Evening for One, £45 – buy herea

If you’re one of the more eco-conscious among us, head to an eco-friendly vineyard on an Organic Deluxe Vineyard Tour and Tasting for Two at Sedlescombe in East Sussex.

For £80, two people can expect a fascinating guided tour of both vineyard and woodland, followed by an afternoon tea or ploughman’s lunch.

Wash that all down with four biodynamic wines, and leave with a bottle of your favourite to carry on the party back home.

  1. Organic Deluxe Vineyard Tour and Tasting for Two at Sedlescombe in East Sussex, £80 – buy here

4. English Wine Tasting Tours

Have a wine tasting experience like no other… aboard a steam train

If you and a big party are looking for something a little more bespoke, look no further than English Wine Tasting Tours.

All aboard a steam train from a bygone era for a day of total luxury, with wine, cheese and three-course meal pairings as the train chugs on to a beautiful vineyard.

Expect first-class wining and dining for groups of up to 60 people.

  1. English Wine Tour With Steam Train, from £220pp (based on 19 people) – buy here

Escape from London to wine country for eight hours from £125.

Head on a day trip from central London to three amazing vineyards, including Sedlescombe Organic, Woodchurch and Chapel Down in Kent and Sussex.

Picnic amongst the vineyards and marvel at the history of English wines as you sample some of the finest in the nation.

  1. Cellar Door Wine Tour, from £125pp – buy here

Enjoyed our round-up of the best wine experience days? We’ve also rounded up the best wine glasses to boost your dinner parties.

Not sure where to buy wine from online? No problem, we’ve got you covered with the best places to buy wine online.

Can’t get enough of our food and drink recommendations? We’ve got a whole Food and Drink section on Sun Selects just for you.

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