Grape and Grain Trail takes visitors on a tour of the finest local producers

Grape and Grain Trail launch at The Essex Food and Drink Festival 2017

Thousands of people turned up to discover wines, beers and spirits from the finest local producers at the Essex Festival of Food and Drink 2017 last weekend.

As part of a new specialised trail produced by Braintree District Council and Maldon District Council, 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.

The trail launched at the weekend, highlighting some of the area’s finest local producers, including our award winning independent breweries, vineyards and distilleries. The trail will encourage visitors to the districts by showcasing the wealth of local artisan drinks and much loved local tipples produced across Mid Essex.

A map plotting the area’s attractions is available on our website:

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.”

Councillor Henry Bass, Chairman of Maldon District Council said “The Maldon and Braintree districts boast some of the oldest and best independent breweries, vineyards and distilleries in England. Boasting award winning wines, ales and spirits. We are very fortunate to have such a variety of producers on our door step and I encourage everyone to discover more about them. We are pleased to be working with Braintree District Council and we are committed to creating a vibrant economy and promoting the Maldon District as a destination of choice for business and visitors. ”

Jane Mohan, Owner of West Street Vineyard said: “The Grape and Grain Trail is an opportunity for us to showcase our award winning wines and onsite restaurant. We’ve already had visitors who discovered us from the Trail map; it really works well from a marketing perspective.”

For more details about our Grape and Grain participants, please visit

If you are a local producer that wants to be part of the trail, please contact Braintree District Council or Maldon District Tourist Information Centre for more details.