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We’ve found six places where you can see what it’s like to be a creator of fine food and drink, get a feel for what goes on… and hole up for a couple of nights too

THE VINEYARD

Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey (denbies.co.uk)

WHY IT’S GREAT If you’ve ever dreamed of a year in Provence, among serried rows of grapevines stretching as far as the eye can see, we’ve got good news: you don’t need to travel to France, you can grab a slice of that life here in the UK. English wine – sparkling wine in particular – is in the ascendant these days and a stay at Denbies can feel like playing le vigneron for a day or two.

THE PRODUCE With 265 acres of vines, Denbies is the UK’s largest vineyard and recently won an IWC gold medal for one of its sparklers. Depending on the time of year, you’ll witness the vines’ lifecycle, from spring’s budburst to the late-autumn harvest. The North Downs location is also a haven for walkers, cyclists and assorted wildlife, from woodpeckers to barn owls, bunnies to deer. At the Village Green Farmshop you can buy local produce, and there’s a café and a rather good place for dinner (with Denbies wine, of course), The Gallery Restaurant.

Enjoy vine views over breakfast (below) at Denbies B&B (left)

GETTING INVOLVED While you won’t be encouraged to get out into the vineyards and help with the picking and pruning, the various vineyard and winery tours and tastings (£10.95 to £16.95, adults) give an excellent insight into how the 14 or so styles of wine made at Denbies are grown and vinified.

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