About 2 miles from park
Rewsalls Lane, Colchester CO5 8SX
The coasts of Essex may not be famed around the world for their winemaking, but that’s only part of the appeal when you plan a trip to Mersea Island Vineyard. Sitting on the estuaries of the Colne and Blackwater rivers, just nine miles down from Colchester, this family-run vineyard has been in operation since 1985. Today, the estate spans ten acres and produces around 20,000 bottles of crisp white wine every year. Locals will proudly declare that the Romans grew their grapes on Mersea some 2000 years ago, with the Vineyard Mersea’s range of whites being as tantilising and full of flavour today as they were back then.
Mersea Vineyard is located on the southern shores of Mersea Island, which sits in the Blackwater Estuary in Essex. If you’re driving into the area, you’ll be best following signposted routes for Colchester, before making the 12 kilometre drive south along the B1025 Mersea Road. While the nearest railway station is in Wivenhoe, you’d then have to take the foot ferry across the River Colne, so it might be quicker to leave your train at Colchester Town Station. Services on this line run between London Liverpool Street and Clacton-on-Sea, and it’s approximately 20 minutes in a taxi from here. As for buses, the stop outside the vineyard is served by the 69/69A route, which runs between Colchester and the island on Tuesdays only.
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