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Vinopolis :: London, England

September 27, 2011 by  
Category: Attractions

London may not be known for its vineyards, but it is certainly home to its fair share of wine connoisseurs. And since 1999, they’ve been converging on London’s Thames-side wine extravaganza knows as Vinopolis. Devoted to all things wine, Vinopolis showcases the history of wine and hosts spectacular wine-tasting events.

Vinopolis is located in the center of Bankside near the Tate Modern Museum. It lies east of Southwark Bridge and is minutes from London Bridge. Moreover, it is near Shakespeare’s famed Globe, Borough Market, and Southwark Cathedral. The wine merchant Duncan Vaughan-Arbuckle established Vinopolis beneath the arches of a Victorian viaduct. Since its founding, Vinopolis has become the city’s premier wine-tasting venue.

Vinopolis offers renowned wine tours that allow guests to taste wines from around the world while learning about the regions that produce the world’s most splendid wines. Guests have the opportunity to sample the wines that seem most appealing to them. Vinopolis offers various wine tours to suit a myriad of tastes. It also features wine-tasting classes and a premier shop, Lathwaites, where bottles of wine may be purchased. With its five thousand square feet, Lathwaites is an attraction all its own!

Although Vinopolis is known for its wine-tasting events, it has also become famous for its whiskey, rum, and beer. It is said to have one of the most comprehensive selections of whiskey in the city and its whiskey-tasting events have become very popular with visitors. The complex also boasts the Whiskey Exchange where visitors can shop for whiskey and other spirits like gin, vodka, and tequila. The Whiskey Exchange regularly stocks around one thousand single malt whiskey selections from Ireland, Scotland, America, Canada, Sweden, Holland, and Japan. The Authentic Caribbean Rum Experience allows visitors to learn about the process of making rum and features a sampling of the world’s favorite rum selections.

The extravagant venue also boasts two restaurants—the Cantina Vinopolis and the Wine Wharf Restaurant and Bar. Guests can enjoy a meal along with their favorite spirits after a wine tour or class. The Cantina features Mediterranean-infused dishes while the Wine Wharf treats guests to French brasserie-inspired meals. These dining venues have become popular both Londoners and travelers from abroad.

In short, Vinopolis has become London’s favorite wine and spirit-tasting venue. It hosts some of London’s most popular wine-tasting events and also hosts corporate visits and special group tours. If all of this isn’t fabulous enough, Vinopolis also features a champagne bar, a microbrewery, and hosts absinthe tastings. If only it had an attached hotel, you’d be tempted to live there!

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