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New Year Resolutions

5 New Year Resolutions for 2018

So, here we are at the end of 2017 and it’s time to think about those new year resolutions. Not those wonderful ideas that you hope to achieve but get lost within a week or two, but fun and worthwhile activities that you will really want to stick with…

1. Catch up with a relative you haven’t seen for a while

A while since you’ve seen that cousin that you always got on well with? There’s an aunt or uncle you haven’t seen for far too long? Take a look at our vineyard map and find a location near them where you can meet up for a walk, a gossip and maybe a bite to eat.

2. Learn something new

We have our first Wine Educator, Wine Confidence on the website, who are near Epsom. Several vineyards, including Furleigh Estate and Hambledon Vineyard also offer wine education. Check out our Events listings or take a look at the WSET website.

If your new year resolution is about bigger changes, take a look at the courses offered by Plumpton College. These include short courses on a variety of topics right up to Degrees in Oenology and Viticulture or Wine Business.

3. Make new friends

Lots of vineyards now have membership schemes – you can find them from the filter in our directory. If you’re going to get the most out of it, we’d suggest somewhere not to far from home, so once you’ve selected vineyards with membership, hop over to the map. All of the schemes are different, but all involve behind-the-scenes events with like-minded people. Where better to meet new friends?

Denbies in Surrey, Langham Estate in Dorset and Hush Heath in Kent are all well worth considering, amongst more than 20 others.

4. Volunteer

We’re always hearing about the positive effects of volunteering on our feelings of well-being. Add to that, being in the outdoors, providing a genuine contribution to a community or welfare charity and, to be brutally honest, cake, and you get volunteering in a vineyard.

Some vineyards have regular volunteer days, such as Forty Hall near Enfield and Warden Abbey in Bedfordshire. They produce very respectable wine, too!

5. Enjoy Local Produce

I’ve found that visiting vineyards and learning about how wine is made have really made me think about all sorts of locally made products. For instance, I’m now really proud of wearing jeans made in England from Community Clothing and I bought Christmas gifts from Wildflower Illustration Co.

For more wine-related produce, here’s a challenge for you – find your nearest vineyard from our map, then find a local cheese and test the theory that food from the same area goes well together. If you don’t have a dairy or farm shop close by, our friends at The Fine Cheese Company have a superb online offfering, as well as their shops and cafés in Bath and London.


So there you go, just a few ideas for New Year Resolutions. Wishing you a very happy new year and great vineyard adventures in 2018.

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