June 2014 - I was looking for something to do with a group of 10 (5 couples) that would keep everyone entertained and came across a couple of vineyards offering tours in Devon. However, transport was a problem as most of the group would want to taste the wine, and that's when I stumbled across Kate and Andy's brilliant tour company. Organising the tour with Kate was easy peasy and on the day we were picked up on time, ferried around in a spacious mini bus and car, and taken to Old Walls vineyard and Sharpham's estate. Old Walls vineyard is a smaller family owned business and gave us the beginning to end view of producing wine, run by Ken who is clearly passionate and very knowledgeable about his business. I realised how much effort goes into producing just one bottle of wine that day, especially by a smaller business, and the lunch served after the talks and wine tasting was simple but good. Andy and Kate then took us on a scenic route to Sharpham's estate which was a contrast to Old Walls in that it is very much a commercial business, and there we got to enjoy walk around the vineyard and enjoyed spectacular views to the river and steam paddle boat. The group enjoyed the wine and cheese tasting here (although not as much selection of cheese that day due to Sharpham's selling out of most of their varieties). Andy and Kate were superb throughout the day and were clearly knowledgeable about Devon's vineyards and what they had to offer. They took care of our group for the day and got us back at the promised time of 5:30pm. A great day out for all and well worth the money.
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