West Sussex Vineyard Tours are on offer through the summer months. The number of successful vineyards in Sussex have been growing in recent years. Locally produced wines often do very well in international competitions.
I have paid enjoyable visits to both Upperton and to Nutbourne Vineyard and Winery
My First Visit
There is an attractive terrace with views over the Downs where you can sit and try a glass of wine.
You can visit Upperton without paying or join a tour. The vineyard is near the town of Petworth and a 40 minute drive from Steyning on the A283 (18 miles away)
Upperton Farm Tillington West Sussex GU28 0RD T 01798 343695
You could combine a trip here with a visit to Petworth House or to Bignor Roman Villa.
West Sussex Vineyard Tour at Nutbourne
On our tour at Nutbourne we sampled grapes on the vines as we walked around so we could compare the flavours. We learnt all about the work involved in growing the grapes and producing the wine.
Bridget provided generous samples of many of the different types of wines with excellent explanations about how they differed. Finally we walked around the winery to understand the work involved in arriving at the final product.
Wine tours on the Wiston Estate take place regularly during the summer months and in early Autumn. The vineyard is just a short drive from Rosebud Cottage
The vineyard at Wiston is one of hundreds of commercial vineyards in England. Many of these are in the South East. The chalk soil similar to that of the Champagne region of France, warm dry climate and south facing slopes near the coast are ideal for producing quality still and sparkling wines.
The Wiston estate has produced quality English sparkling wines from the beginning, with the first vineyards only planted in 2006. A collaboration between the Goring family and one of England’s top winemakers Dermot Sugrue, has seen Wiston become both a marker for quality and also one of the most significant contract winemaking hubs in the country.
The Wiston Vineyard is the closest to Rosebud Cottage but I thoroughly recommend a visit to Nutbourne Vineyard near Pulborough. I have also visited Upperton Vineyard in West Sussex. Both offer tours and you can sample the wine.
Grand Gourmet Tour: £42.50 per person – A comprehensive tour of their vineyard and winery, a tutored tasting of five of their award winning wines and a charcuterie style lunch (allow up to 3½ hours)
Sparkling Afternoon Tea Tour: £34.50 per person – A comprehensive tour of their vineyard and winery, a tutored tasting of four of their award winning sparkling wines and an Afternoon Tea (allow up to 2½ hours)
Taster Tour: £16.00 per person – A tour of their vineyard and winery and a tutored tasting of three of their award winning wines (allow up to 1½ hours)