Our Top 4 Vineyards to visit this Autumn, in collaboration with Marlo 


We thought it would be a great time to share some Vineyards worth a visit before the end of 2023, or to add to your 2024 holiday list. We hope you enjoy this feature article from the brilliant Ben and Pip Dawes who founded Marlo Wines. Ben and Pip, who have over twenty years’ experience in fine wine trading, guide us through their recommended vineyards to visit.

ITALY : Fontodi

Fontodi is undeniably one of our most cherished Tuscan producers. Owned by the Manetti family, who have a long association with the manufacturing of ‘terracotta’ tiles and amphore, the clay vessels used in the production of wine. The family acquired the vineyard in 1968 and have spent the last 40 years building a profound knowledge of the potential of Sangiovese in the Panzano region. Their dedication to tradition and their attention to detail makes this winery compelling. The terracotta clad villas and roaming white Tuscan Chianina cattle makes this a perfectly picturesque place to stop and sample some incredible wines. You can even rent a villa off the family and really immerse yourself into the culture. Taste their wines here.


If you fancy a warmer trip this Autumn, then a visit to one of the seven CVNE’s Bodegas in Northern Spain is highly recommended. We loved our trips to ‘Cune’ and ‘Imperial’ specifically, as the scale of their vinification process blew our minds. This is one of Rioja’s most prestigious wine making families and now in its 5th generation, impressively, CVNE has been making wine here for over 140 years, yet, despite the history, you cannot help but be in awe of their innovation and modernity. This is winemaking on scale, producing wines for everyday consumption to collectables and is definitely worth a trip. At Imperial they offer cellar tours from between 30 – 60 minutes or you can choose to dine amongst the vines at their restaurant. Tempted? Try these wines to really see what the hype is all about here.

FRANCE: Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion 

At some point in your life, you should take the pilgrimage to the holy land of wine, Bordeaux. Not only is the city incredibly beautiful, with vast neo-classical vistas set beside the Garonne river, the winelands are also something to behold. Book a tour and visit Les Carmes Haut-Brion in Bordeaux, a striking blend of the traditional and the futuristic. You can take a tour of the Chateau and vineyards before entering the amazing winery, designed by Philip Stark, and enjoy a guided tasting of Carmes top vintage and a vintage of C des Carmes Haut-Brion. This is an unforgettable visit.  Try the wines first here.



Recognised as one of the most exciting wine producers in the UK with their consistently tasty sparkling wines, Nyetimber have certainly stamped English wines on the global fine wine map. Spread across several sites, their vines are perfectly suited to the greensand and chalk soils of Sussex, Hampshire and Kent. This is a slick operation, and you cannot help but be excited by the impressive winery which has been dedicated to the art of wine making since 2006, under the watchful eyes of owner Eric Heerema and Head Winemakers Cherie Spriggs and Brad Greatrix. You can book and visit the vineyard on open days, which include a tour of the vineyard and tastings of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage, Rosé Multi-Vintage, and Cuvee Chérie Multi-Vintage. Try the wines here https://marlo.wine/search?q=nyetimber  


If this has inspired you a little, and you would like to plan a wine trip of your very own, please do get in touch and we would be more than happy to arrange tours for you, where possible.  

Please email hello@marlo.wine or visit www.marlo.wine  Marlo delivers fine wine by the bottle to your door, beautifully wrapped and packed sustainably, so if you’re unable to fit in a trip this year, why not enjoy some of the wines they have handpicked for you at home! 

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