West Sussex Vineyard Tours

West Sussex Vineyard Tours are usually 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

Upperton Vineyard Shop West Sussex
Upperton Vineyard Shop

There is an attractive terrace with views over the Downs where you can sit and try a glass of wine.

Upperton Vineyard West Sussex
Upperton Vineyard in August

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
West Sussex
GU28 0RD
T 01798 343695

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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.

Nutbourne Vineyard Wine Tasting
Bridget pours the wine for us to try

If you enjoy wine – especially sparkling white – do fit in a visit here! https://www.nutbournevineyards.com/

West Sussex Vineyard Tours at Stopham

Stopham Vineyard Tours are held on every other Saturday from April to October, with an optional lunch at the lovely White Hart Pub by Stopham Bridge

White Hart Pub Stopham Sussex
White Hart Bar
Pub Stopham Bridge West Sussex

The vineyard, winery and wine tasting tours start at 11 am or 2 pm. Tours are led by the winemaker and last about 2 hours.

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Wine Tours on Wiston Estate

Wine Tours on the Wiston Estate

The vineyard is running open days this year 2020.  It is just a short drive from Rosebud Cottage

Wiston wine tours Steyning Sussex

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.

Going to an open day  (2020) costs £10 per person. Find out more

The Wiston Vineyard is the closest to Rosebud Cottage but I thoroughly recommend a visit to  Nutbourne Vineyard near Pulborough. The cellar door is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm for sales of our wine and farm meats. Explore their vineyard trail through the vines for self-guided tours or scheduled tours and tastings on Saturdays in September and October 2020

I also recommend calling in at Upperton Vineyard in West Sussex.They anticipate running tours and having the Terrace bar open in 2021. In the meantime the shop remains open on Tuesdays to Thursdays 12pm – 5pm, and Fridays and Saturdays 10am -5pm and they would love to see you!

Find out about Stopham Vineyard too!

Join a Wine Tour at Bolney

Bolney estate vineyard

Sussex vineyards are increasingly successful …

The Bolney Estate

You can go round the vineyard on a regular tour:

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)

Details at https://www.bolneywineestate.com

Just a 22 minute drive from Steyning (A281; B2135; A272) The nearest mainline train stations for Bolney are Haywards Heath or Burgess Hill (both about 15 minutes by taxi)


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