Literally off the beaten track, up an unmade but smooth road that winds its way through the vines on this 30 acre site, sits the winery of Rosemary Vineyard. With far reaching views across the surrounding rolling countryside, the vineyard is a real suntrap and has a south facing café with terrace.
Guided tours can be taken at 11am, 12pm and 1pm daily with self-guided tours on offer throughout the day. If you’re lucky you may see the wine or cider being made or bottled and hear the fermenting ‘must’ bubbling in the enormous vats.
Rosemary vineyard was planted in 1986 and with its mostly south facing aspect the vineyard is ideally placed to benefit from the mild island climate. The valley situation helps to retain summer warmth whilst giving shelter from the south-westerly winds.
An informative film about the wine making process is shown on a loop in the winery shop where their wide range of wines can be tasted and purchased. Four whites, two reds and a rose are made here along with five country wines, seven liqueurs and a tasty apple juice.
Recent new addition to the Vineyard is the Isle of Wight Distillery and their gleaming new stills proudly sit just inside the entrance to the winery. Wight Mermaid Gin and Rock Salt Vodka are produced along with their ‘Navy Strength’ HMS Victory Gin. They also make 30 per cent proof Apple Pie Moonshine, and have just blended their first whisky, which now has to mature in oak.