Visit a Sussex Vineyard for a tour and tasting

 

  

The UK wine industry now produces many international awards.  There are over 400 vineyards in England and Wales.  They cover some 3,500 acres and producing sparkling and still wines.  There are some rather lovely vineyard tours & tastings in Sussex & Surrey which make great gifts for wine lovers or anyone who enjoys a tipple. 

You can visit the websites of vineyards in Sussex & Surrey to see what's on and what they have to offer, such as Bolney Wine Estate and Denbies (which featured on The Apprentice in one of the tasks), There's also Breaky Bottom near Lewes, Ridgeview Wine Estate on Ditchling Common, Stopham Vineyard near Pulborough, West Sussex and Seddlescombe Organic Vineyard in East Sussex. Highdown Vineyard sits on the southern slopes of the South Downs between Littlehampton and Worthing.  

English Vineyard Tour, Wine Tasting and Lunch for Two

English Vineyard Tour, Wine Tasting and Lunch for Two
This is available from Red Letter Days and you can choose the location suits you best from those available - not just from West Sussex, but in some other counties as well!  It gives you the great opportunity to discover all about the world of English wine, and the process involved in making it, and some experiences (but not all) even include a bottle of vino!  Find out more from Red Letter Days here  

 Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting for Two at Bolney Wine Estate

Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting for Two at Bolney Wine Estate
Haywards Heath, Sussex
Bolney Wine Estate has been making wine since 1976 - and it's won many awards since then!  Start with a tour of the estate and learn something about the history of English wine.  You'll discover from an experienced guide just how wine is made at Bolney as you wander around the 18 acres of vines.  Then it's off to the winery to find out about winemaking and the bottling processes.  Then you'll sample three award winning wines with the help of a qualified tutor!  Available through Red Letter Days

Afternoon Tea, Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting for Two at Bolney Wine Estate

Sparkling Afternoon Tea, Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting for Two at Bolney Wine Estate 
Haywards Heath, Sussex
Start with a glass of award-winning wine before discovering from an experienced guide all about the history of English wine - and how it is made on the Bolney Estate. Traverse the vines of the picturesque 18 acre field;  see inside the winery before learning about the process of bottling and tasting 4 wines.  After that, it's time for a lovely English afternoon tea, with finger sandwiches, scones with cream and preserves and cakes, washed down with a cup of English tea. Wash it down with a glass of Sparkling Rose.  From Red Letter Days

Vineyard Tour, Cream Tea, Wine Tasting for Two at Carr Taylor Vineyard

Vineyard Tour, Cream Tea, Wine Tasting for Two at Carr Taylor Vineyard
Hastings, East Sussex
Was £49, now £35.
Take a guided tour of the vineyard, learning about the history and wine production as you go.  Tuck into a buffet-style spread of scones with clotted cream and jam, locally made cakes and freshly brewed tea. Then enjoy a wine tasting session with an expert, sampling five different varieties of wine produced on site.  Buy this gift from Red Letter Days

Winemaker Vineyard Tour for Two at Stopham Estate, West Sussex

Winemaker Vineyard Tour for Two at Stopham Estate, West Sussex 
(Pulborough)
£50.00
Join winemakers Simon or Tom for a tour of Stopham Vineyard.  You'll start in the vineyard with great views of the South Downs, and then head  across their neighbours' field to the state of the art winery tucked away in a converted Grade II listed Victorian barn to learn about the innovative wine making methods the vineyard uses.  You'll be pleased with a taste or two to finish your experience!  Buy this gift from Red Letter Days

Sussex Vineyards and Cheese Coach Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting from Bri Sussex Vineyards and Cheese Coach Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting from Brighton for one
£90.00
This wine and cheese tour begins with a coach trip from Brighton to High Weald Dairy Farm. Explore the cheese factory and store to find out how their cheeses are made.  Sit down to a ploughman's lunch of fresh local seafood, meats, salads, cheeses, breads and chutneys at a local pub, then go to a local vineyward for a winery and vineyard tour led by the winemaker. Sample at least four of their award-winning wines. Finish at Sussex's highest viewpoint for panoramic views that take in the sea below.  Buy this gift from Red Letter Days
Champagne Tasting Evening for Two

Champagne Tasting Evening for Two 
£100.00 - Bloomsbury, London

  • Learn subtle differences between different champagnes
  • Taste eight popular styles and learn all about the famous region
  • The expert, as well as guiding, offers plenty of anecdotes and quotes
  • The fun party setting includes nibbles, a quiz and chance to win a bottle

From Red Letter Days

Buy a Gift also have an Afternoon Tea and Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting For Two Choice Voucher  for £49. Combine a tour, wine tasting and afternoon tea for two!  At the time of writing includes two venues in Sussex. Click here for more info

On any purchase, watch the expiry date. Many companies selling vouchers & gift experiences won't extend their expiry date - either that or you pay a hefty fee for doing so if they allow it - and I'd hate for you or your loved one to be disappointed and miss out on all that lovely wine!

Buy English Wine and Support English Heritage

And if you want to support our national historic treasures and enjoy English wines, visit the English Heritage Online Shop.  They have a range of alcoholic drinks based on old English recipes. These include a range of fruit wines, traditional meads and liqueurs made for them by the award-winning Lyme Bay Winery.  Plus there are sparkling wines, gin, punch and port, all made in England. Click here to go shopping