Somerset, as a wine region, is really exciting. Thanks to the naturally formed hilly landscape and clay soils it can be a gold mine for producing ripe, tasty still wines. Exceptional rosés from wineries like Dunleavy and Aldwick Court Farm regularly win the most coveted awards, while dry white wines made from Bacchus and Madeleine Angevine can be some of the most richly flavoured whites in all of England.
The biggest threat to vines in Somerset is strong westerly winds and damp growing conditions. Many viticulturists tackle this issue with natural wind barriers, for example planting tree lines to protect from winds, and take extra care of observing their vineyard after poor weather. However, the Bristol Channel can also have positive effects on the vines, maintaining the range of temperatures between day and night, allowing the grapes to ripen consistently throughout the season.
It also happens to be one of the most beautiful areas of the UK to explore on foot or bicycle, surrounded by the areas of outstanding natural beauty: the Mendips, Cotswolds, Quantock Hills and Cranborne Chase.