Grape and Grain Trail

Celebrating some of the area’s finest local producers

Grape and Grain Trail

Together with Maldon District Council, Braintree District Council has produced a Grape and Grain Trail to encourage visitors to both districts by showcasing the wealth of local artisan drinks and much loved local tipples produced across Mid Essex.

The trail launched at the Essex Food and Drink Festival 2017 where visitors were able to sample drinks from local Grape and Grain producers, including English wines from Bardfield Vineyard and beers from Silks Brewery, Maldon Brewing Company and Wibblers Brewery. We highlighted some of the area’s finest local producers, including our award winning independent breweries, vineyards and distilleries. 

A map plotting the area’s attractions is available below.

Some of the venues offer tours, tastings and talks; others have onsite restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a meal while you sample their wares.

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Braintree District Council, said: “The Grape and Grain Trail is a multi-stop destination tour highlighting the wealth of local independent producers of ales, spirits and wines, each offering something unique in taste and experience. Our aim with our tourism offer is to contribute to economic well-being as well as celebrating the area we live in.”

Our Grape and Grain Trail participants include:

Bishop Nick Brewery

33 East Street, Braintree, CM7 3JJ

01376 349605

English Spirit Distillery

Great Lodge, Great Bardfield Vineyard

Great Lodge, Great Bardfield, Braintree, CM7 4QD

01371 810776

Nethergate Brewery

Rodbridge Corner, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9HJ


Shalford Brewery


Silks Brewery

Wash Farm, Queen Street, Sible Hedingham, CO9 3RH


The West Street Vineyard & Vistor Centre

West Street, Coggeshall, CO6 1NB


Tuffon Hall Vineyard

Tuffon Hall, Castle Hedingham, Halsted, CO9 3LL


Crouch Ridge Vineyard

Althorne Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Althorne CM3 6BZ


New Hall Vineyards

Wibblers Brewery, Taproom & Kitchen

Goldsands Road, Southminster CM0 7JW


Maldon Brewing Company

Farmer’s Ales, The Blue Boar Stable Yard, Silver Street, Maldon, CM9 4QE


Mighty Oak Brewing Company

For more information download our Grape and Grain leaflet #grapegraintrail