Bolney Vineyard West Sussex
Bolney Wine Estate in West Sussex, where vines were first planted back in 1972, is offering a full fleet of tours for visitors this summer
Features 16 June 2021

The best English vineyards for tours and tastings

Planning a vineyard visit for the summer months? From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, these are the best wine tours and tastings at top English wineries

Words by Pip Mortimer, Stuart Peskett and Laura Richards

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With a summer of staycations ahead, many of us are seeking out the best English vineyards for the very first time. That might seem odd, given that there are more than 700 of them now planted up and down the British Isles, but it’s a burgeoning scene, after all. As such, the quality of wine is getting better all the time. If you need further proof, just look to the IWSC’s 2021 results, in which English wines scooped more medals than ever. We’ve used these award winners to form the backbone to our list below.

From vineyard tours led by estate owners to talks and tastings informed by the winemakers themselves, you can really get to the bottom of how England’s vineyards have adapted to a unique climate and varied terroir – from the chalky slopes of Surrey’s Greyfriars to the sun-soaked Camel Valley in Cornwall. If you’re less about the education and more about the enjoyment, many of these English vineyards also offer picnics, afternoon tea, long, lingering lunches or drinks at dusk in the summer months, so you can make the most of the unique countryside settings – plus a glass or two of the good stuff.

Artelium Wine Estate
Artelium Wine Estate hopes to add sculptures in among its vines

Artelium Wine Estate, West Sussex

Artelium is owned by Julie Bretland and Mark Collins, a husband-and-wife team who quit their jobs in digital tech to set up their own vineyard. The focus is on sparkling wines and the desire to bring together fine wine, nature, and art – the aim over time is to add sculptures to the estate. For now, book a guided tour and tasting – held in a beautiful room, fashioned from what was once a barn – to try the Curator’s Cuvée Brut 2014, commended by IWSC judges for its buttery brioche and golden apple taste. PM

  • Opening times: Vineyard and tasting room, Thu-Sat noon-8pm; cellar door shop, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings, light snacks
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: From £15pp
  • Transport: Plumpton and Burgess Hill train stations
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a discount on cellar door tastings

Artelium Wine Estate, Malthouse Farm, Streat Ln, Streat, Hassocks BN6 8SA. artelium.com

Hush Heath English Vineyard
Balfour's Hush Heath Estate has a brand-new restaurant to savour this summer

Balfour Hush Heath Estate & Winery, Kent

Synonymous with sparkling rosé, the Balfour Hush Heath Estate in Kent is ideal for summer visits and an afternoon in the sunshine. Richard and Leslie Balfour-Lynn’s 400-acre estate was first planted in 2002. Now a thriving winery, visitors can choose to wander around the vineyards, orchards and woods, or select from a variety of tours and tastings. There’s a brand-new restaurant, The View, where you can dine and taste wines among the family’s private art collection. PM

  • Opening times: Vineyard and tasting room, Thu-Sat noon-8pm; cellar door shop, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, self-guided tours, cellar door tastings, restaurant on site, gift shop
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: From £5pp
  • Transport: Marden train station
  • Disabled access: Yes

Balfour Hush Heath Estate & Winery, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, Tonbridge TN12 0HT. hushheath.com

Beacons Down English Wines
Beacon Down's range of still and sparkling wines

Beacon Down Vineyard, East Sussex

Up on the High Weald of East Sussex, this family-owned-and-operated vineyard is the realisation of Paul and Al Pippard’s dream, with 10,000 vines planted in 2015. With breathtaking views, this is an unpretentious and unhurried place to visit. Enjoy a tour or a tasting with the family, and then indulge in a locally sourced picnic lunch washed down with Beacon Down’s Rosé Brut 2018, which has been praised for its “beautiful nose of fragrant raspberry”. PM

  • Opening times: Check website for availability
  • Activities: Guided tours, self-guided tours, cellar door tastings
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; no group bookings
  • Price: From £12.50pp
  • Transport: Uckfield train station
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a discount when purchasing multiple bottles

Beacon Down Vineyard, Browns Lane, East Sussex, TN21 0QJ. beacondown.co.uk

Bolney Vineyard East Sussex
The cellar door at West Sussex's Bolney Wine Estate

Bolney Wine Estate, West Sussex

Although you might know Bolney more for sparklers than still wines, the likes of its Estate Pinot Noir are now rising up the ranks. Vines were planted by the Pratt family back in 1972, and daughter Sam Lintner now leads the winemaking. The estate has been winning IWSC awards since the 1980s, but these days it’s as much a place for foodies as for oenophiles: tour packages can include afternoon tea, a food-and-wine pairing session or a long lunch in the Eighteen Acre Café, which serves light bites, cheese boards and a Bolney burger to indoor and outdoor diners. LR

  • Opening times: Daily 9am-5pm (Friday until 8.30pm)
  • Activities: Guided tours, self-guided tours, cellar door tastings
  • Bookings: Reservations needed; no group bookings
  • Price: From £22.50pp
  • Transport: Haywards Heath train station
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a complimentary wine tasting

Bolney Wine Estate, Foxhole Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath, RH17 5NB. bolneywineestate.com

Breaky Bottom South Downs Vineyard
Trips to Breaky Bottom in the South Downs are by appointment only

Breaky Bottom, East Sussex

This ultra-boutique winery has been quietly producing wine since the 1970s. Its founder Peter Hall was one of the first to acknowledge the possibility of wine production in England and has been a lynchpin of the scene for many decades. The six acres are secluded in a fold in the South Downs, outside of Lewes, and are well worth getting a small party together to visit for an exclusive look behind the scenes and by appointment only. PM

  • Opening times: Open by appointment; six people minimum
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings
  • Bookings: Reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: From £15pp
  • Transport: Lewes train station
  • Disabled access: No

Breaky Bottom Vineyard, Whiteway Lane, Rodmell, Lewes, BN7 3EX. breakybottom.co.uk

Spurriers Bride Vineyard
A trip to the late Steven Spurrier's Bride Valley vineyard is an essential for oenophiles

Bride Valley, Dorset

Owned by Bella Spurrier and her late husband, the great Steven Spurrier, this is the place for a family to visit. Children can be entertained with their own vineyard quiz while adults can enjoy a guided tour around part of the 10-hectare vineyard and see some of the stunning art and wine memorabilia that was collected by the family over the course of Steven’s long and influential time in the trade. A tasting of three wines finishes off the tour and picnics can be pre-ordered and enjoyed with a glass of IWSC award-winning Cremant NV. PM

  • Opening times: Cellar door, Thu-Sat 11am-2pm; tours and tastings, Thu & Sat 11am
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings, pre-ordered picnics in tasting room gardens
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: From £20pp (£3 for children)
  • Transport: Dorchester train station
  • Disabled access: No
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for 5% discount on multiple bottles

Bride Valley Vineyard, Stable Cottage, Court House, Litton Cheney, Dorset, DT2 9AW. bridevalleyvineyard.com

Bushi Jacobson Wine Estate
Despite being pegged as a "family vineyard", Busi Jacobsohn is a design-driven wine estate

Busi Jacobsohn Wine Estate, East Sussex

Husband and wife Susanna and Douglas describe Busi Jacobsohn as a “family vineyard”, where even their dogs play a part in protecting the land. A single-estate ethos has driven sparkling winemaking at the estate, situated 15 minutes south of Tunbridge Wells, since it was established in 2015, although the design-led elements might seem more prominent thanks to Susanna’s keen eye and background in art and fashion. A visit to the vineyard is very much a bespoke experience, with prior contact encouraged so you can make the most of a trip and tasting. LR

  • Opening times: Open by appointment
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings
  • Bookings: Reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: Tasting from £20pp; tasting and vineyard walk from £25pp
  • Transport: Tunbridge Wells and Eridge train stations
  • Disabled access: No
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a discount on multiple bottles

Busi Jacobsohn Wine Estate, Blackdon Hill, Farm, Eridge, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9HX. busijacobsohn.com

Camel Valley English Vineyard
A tour of Camel Valley, Cornwall's acclaimed vineyard

Camel Valley, Cornwall

Cornwall’s Camel Valley is probably the most high-profile English vineyard, winning a stack of awards after the first vines were planted by Bob and Annie Lindo in the late 1980s. Their son Sam now runs the estate, and the awards continue to come. The winery even reached the attention of world leaders at the recent G7 summit. Wine-tasting flights and guided tours are available; alternatively visitors can sit on a terrace with a glass of Cornwall Reserve Brut 2018, with its enticing notes of lemon tart and apple blossom. SP

  • Opening times: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings
  • Bookings: Reservations needed; no group bookings
  • Price: Call +44 1208 77959 to enquire
  • Transport: Local bus services; Bodmin Parkway train station
  • Disabled access: Yes

Camel Valley, Nanstallon, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5LG. camelvalley.com

Court Garden Sparkling English Wines
Court Garden's English sparkling wine is made from classic Champagne grape varieties

Court Garden Vineyard, East Sussex

Just 10 miles north of Brighton, Court Garden Vineyard was established in 2005, and now has 17 acres of vineyards dedicated to the classic Champagne grape varieties, as well as the likes of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Just a short stroll from Ditchling village, vineyard and winery tours are available, and you can even compare Court Garden’s sparklers against Prosecco and Champagne. You’ll also find a gift shop and cellar door to stock up on fizz and other goodies. SP

  • Opening times: Mon-Fri by appointment; Sat 9am-5pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings, gift shop
  • Bookings: Reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: From £12
  • Transport: Hassock and Burgess Hill train stations
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a discount on multiple bottles

Court Garden Vineyard & Winery, Court Gardens Farm, Orchard Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8TH. courtgarden.com

English Oak Vineyard Dorset
The sustainability focus is strong at Dorset's English Oak

English Oak Vineyard, Dorset

The aptly named English Oak Vineyard features a spectacular 350-year-old oak tree at the heart of its estate. Located near Poole in Dorset, there’s a strong focus on sustainability, with solar power and electric vehicles, as well as beehives and various fauna to see while wandering through the vineyards. Tours and tastings are on offer, plus picnic hampers to enjoy on-site. The venue is also a popular location for weddings – and there’s plenty of bubbly on offer, including IWSC Gold winner Engelmann Brut 2014, to toast the bride and groom. SP

  • Opening times: Daily 8am-6pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: Call +44 1258 858 205 to enquire
  • Transport: Poole train station
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a discount on multiple bottles

English Oak Vineyard, Flowers Drove, Lytchett Matravers, Poole, BH16 6BX. englishoakvineyard.co.uk

Furleigh Wine Estate Dorset
Furleigh Estate is set at a former dairy farm in Dorset, a rustic English vineyard experience

Furleigh Estate, Dorset

A former dairy farm just five miles from the Jurassic Coast, Furleigh is a secluded setting surrounded by woodland and lakes, home to 22,000 vines of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Bacchus and Rondo. After a tour, cellar door tastings take place in a rustic, stone-walled room. Visits would be more fitting for smaller groups, but for farmland charm over a glass of Classic Cuvée or Sparkling Rosé, Furleigh can’t be beaten. LR

  • Opening times: Mon-Sat 11am-4:30pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings, gift shop
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; no group bookings
  • Price: From £5, redeemable against purchases
  • Transport: Bridport train station
  • Disabled access: No

Furleigh Farm Salwayash, Salwayash, Bridport DT6 5JF. furleighestate.co.uk

Giffords Hall Vineyard
The Howard Family lead tours and tastings at Giffords Hall Vineyard

Giffords Hall Vineyard, Suffolk

East Anglia is in on the English sparkling wine action, too. This vineyard is on the site of a Tudor Manor and ancient riverbed, not far from Bury St Edmunds, its vines planted 25 years ago and now in their prime, according to its owners. The land is now managed by the Howard family, who lead large groups as well as private tours through the grounds. If you visit the shop before you leave, you might be greeted by the Giffords Hall pet, “Emily the wine cat”. LR

  • Opening times: Cellar door shop, Tue-Sun 11am-4pm; cafe, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, self-guided tours, cellar door tastings, restaurant, gift shop
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: From £18.50
  • Transport: Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury train stations
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a free glass of wine when dining

Giffords Hall Vineyard, Hartest, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 4EX. giffordshall.co.uk

Greyfiars Vineyard
You can enjoy views of the North Downs from the Greyfriars estate

Greyfriars Vineyard, Surrey

The North Downs, just outside Guildford, are known for chalky slopes. Here, the Greyfriars team have been focusing on traditional method sparkling wines since a change of hands in 2010 – and have just scooped two Silver awards from the IWSC for their Blanc de Noirs Brut and Reserve Rosé Brut 2015. Guided tours are by appointment and come complete with tastings on a brand-new viewing deck (with cheese and charcuterie to be added to the offering soon) – although you’ll still be rewarded with a glass of something sparkling at the end of a self-guided saunter round those steep grounds. LR

  • Opening times: Wed-Sat 9am-4pm; cafe, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, self-guided tours, cellar door tastings, gift shop, wine bar
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: From £20pp
  • Transport: Guildford train station
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for 5% discount on six bottles, 10% discount on 12 bottles

Greyfriars Vineyard, The Hogs Back, Puttenham, Surrey, GU3 1AG. greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk

Wine Tasting Gusbourne Estate
A wine tasting at the Gusbourne Estate, which is easily accessible for a day trip from London

Gusbourne Estate, Kent

Day-trippers from London can take the train and a short taxi ride to this renowned Ashford winery. Founded by Andrew Weeber in 2004, the estate comprises 60 hectares of Burgundian clones, which head winemaker Charlie Holland brings out the best in for Gusbourne’s award-winning sparkling whites and rosés. As well as lunchtime picnic packages, evening tours on Fridays and late-night opening on Saturdays throughout the summer make Gusbourne a tourist go-to – come by for a glass at sundown in the estate’s restaurant garden. LR

  • Opening times: 10am-5pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, self-guided tours, cellar door tastings, gift shop
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; no group bookings
  • Price: Free for self-guided tours; From £25pp for guided tours
  • Transport: Ashford train station
  • Disabled access: Yes

Gusbourne Estate, Kenardington Road, Appledore, Ashford, TN26 2BE. gusbourne.com

Glass-Barn-at-High-Clandon-Vineyard
Artwork is set to be on display in the grounds of High Clandon Vineyard this summer

High Clandon Vineyard, Surrey

One of the five “Vineyards of the Surrey Hills”, High Clandon has carved out a niche with its single-vintage sparkling wines that are aged for at least five years before release. Located just east of Guildford, the estate was founded in 2004 by Sibylla and Bruce Tindale. This July and August, it will host its annual two-week exhibition, Art & Sculptures in the Vineyard, with more than 150 artworks on show in the gardens, vineyard and wildflower meadow. Book ahead for a tour, and once there, try a glass of The Endymion Cuvée 2015, with its notes of brioche, citrus and truffle. SP

  • Opening times: Open by appointment
  • Activities: Guided tours, self-guided tours, cellar door tastings, gift shop
  • Bookings: Reservations needed; no group bookings
  • Price: £5pp; tours from £20pp
  • Transport: Horsley or Guildford train stations
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a discount on multiple bottles

High Clandon Estate Vineyard, East Clandon, Surrey, GU47RP. highclandon.co.uk

Wine Tasting Langham Dorset
Plenty of events at Langham Wine Estate showcase the producer's range of sparklers

Langham Wine Estate, Dorset

Langham Wine Estate in Dorset started off as a “hobby vineyard” in the late 2000s, according to head winemaker Tommy Grimshaw, but is now a major attraction, with a restaurant and café, gift shop and cellar door for sales and tastings. Regular themed foodie nights take place, as well as winemaker dinners and a variety of tours. The wines themselves are a range of sparklers made from the classic Champagne varieties, including the award-winning Culver Classic Cuvée Extra Brut NV. SP

  • Opening times: Wed-Sun 10am-5pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, self-guided tours, cellar door tastings, restaurant, gift shop
  • Bookings: Reservations needed; no group bookings
  • Price: From £10pp
  • Transport: Dorchester South train station
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for 5% discount on a case of six wines

Langham Wine Estate, Crawthorne, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7NG. langhamwine.co.uk

Merwoth Wines Kent
Producer William Boscawen in among the tanks at Mereworth's winery

Mereworth Wines, Kent

The settlement of Mereworth, in the heart of Kent, was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and has a long history of fruit and hop growing. It’s believed that author George Orwell even picked grapes at the site in the early 1900s. Fast forward to 2017, and the area that used to dry hops was converted to a winery, where top-class sparkling wines are made, including IWSC medal-winner White From Black Brut 2018. Winery tours and tastings are available, and there’s also masterclasses and wine-and-cheese pairings. SP

  • Opening times: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings, restaurant, bar, masterclasses
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: From £35
  • Transport: Wateringbury and Paddock Wood South train stations
  • Disabled access: No
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a free tasting

Mereworth Wines, Brewers Hall, Tonbridge Rd, Mereworth, Maidstone, ME18 5JD. mereworth.co.uk

Nutbourne Vineyards West Sussex
Nutbourne's range of tastings make it a full-blown South Downs destination

Nutbourne Vineyards, West Sussex

The first vines at Nutbourne Vineyards were planted 40 years ago, and the estate has been run by the Gladwin family since 1991. Since then, the winery has grown into a full-blown destination, with pop-up restaurants, guided tours and tastings, vineyard picnics, gorgeous views of the South Downs, and even llamas and alpacas on site. Bridget Gladwin, who runs the vineyard team, is also a keen artist and her paintings feature on every Nutbourne label. A full complement of white, rosé, red and sparkling wines are produced, including Nutty Blush Pinot Noir, made the same way as Champagne. SP

  • Opening times: Tue-Fri 2pm-5pm; Sat 11am-5pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, self-guided tours, cellar door tastings, picnics
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; no group bookings
  • Price: Tastings from £5pp; tour and tastings from £20pp
  • Transport: Pulborough train station
  • Disabled access: No
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a discount on multiple bottles

Nutbourne Vineyards, Gay Street, Nr. Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 2HH. nutbournevineyards.com

Wine and Delicacies Ridgeview
Ridgeview's Wine Garden is worth a visit in its own right

Ridgeview Wine Estate, East Sussex

Considered one of the first growths of English sparkling wine, Ridgeview’s Chardonnay vines were planted back in 1995 and its bottles have notoriously been popped at Buckingham Palace. But despite those lofty heights, it’s a family business at heart. Get advice at the cellar door, book a one-and-a-half-hour tour and tasting or work your own way through a flight at Ridgeview’s Wine Garden, with views across the established vineyard and its exquisite South Downs backdrop. LR

  • Opening times: Thu-Mon noon-6pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings, restaurant
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: Free tastings; self-guided flights from £15-20pp; tours from £15pp
  • Transport: Burgess Hill train station
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a discount when purchasing multiple bottles

Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling Common, Fragbarrow Lane, BN6 8TP. ridgeview.co.uk

English Vineyard Stopham West Sussex
Tours at Stopham Vineyard are led by winemakers Simon Woodhead and Tom Bartlett

Stopham Vineyard, West Sussex

All fizzed out in Sussex? It’s worth a stop-off at Stopham where still wines reign supreme. Of course, they produce English sparkling wine here, but bottlings like Stopham’s Pinot Blanc 2019 have been catching the eyes of critics. Tours of the vineyard – which backs onto the South Downs – and winery take place most Saturdays, led by one of the founding winemakers Simon Woodhead or Tom Bartlett, both Plumpton College graduates. Lunch by the river is an optional but essential bonus. LR

  • Opening times: Mon-Sat 11am-4pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings
  • Bookings: No reservations needed; no group bookings
  • Price: Free
  • Transport: Pulborough train station
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a discount on multiple bottles

Stopham Vineyard, Stopham Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1EE. stophamvineyard.co.uk

Tinwood wine estate tasting deck
The Tinwood Estate offers overnight stays for wine lovers

Tinwood Estate, West Sussex

Art Tukker, owner of Tinwood Estate, has turned a struggling lettuce farm into an award-winning winery. Tukker’s university dissertation in 2005 examined the viability of planting a vineyard in England, and just a couple of years later, he put his theory into practice and planted nearly 50,000 vines at the family farm near Chichester. The winery has blossomed, and now offers a quintessential English vineyard experience with afternoon tea, vineyard tours, and even has luxurious lodges for overnight stays that look out across the vineyards. Try the Blanc de Blancs Brut 2017, which offers fresh notes of apples, nuts and toast. SP

  • Opening times: 9am-5pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings, gift shop, holiday lets
  • Bookings: Reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: Tastings from £25pp
  • Transport: Chichester train station
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a discount on multiple bottles

Tinwood Estate, Tinwood Ln, Chichester, PO18 0NE. tinwoodestate.com

Trevibban Mill Vineyard
In true West Country style, Trevibban Mill Vineyard doubles as a cider orchard

Trevibban Mill Vineyard, Cornwall

The West Country might be better known for its ciders than its wines, but you can have the best of both worlds at Trevibban Mill in Padstow, an orchard and vineyard. In 2008, Engin & Liz Mumcuoglu transformed an arable farm into a drinking destination where the English Southdown sheep still roam. There are three levels of tours, with the option to finish up on the viewing balcony, with a flight of wines served with charcuterie and local cheeses. Be sure to sample Trevibban Mill’s Black Ewe Precoce Pinot Noir. LR

  • Opening times: Wed-Sun noon-5pm
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings, restaurant, gift shop, holiday lets
  • Bookings: Reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: Tastings from £15pp
  • Transport: Bodmin Parkway train station; buses in Padstow
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a discount on multiple bottles

Trevibban Mill Vineyard, Vineyard & Orchards, Dark Lane, Nr Padstow, PL27 7SE. trevibbanmill.com

Wiston House Winery
A new restaurant and wine shop is due to open at Wiston this year

Wiston Estate Winery, West Sussex

Wiston Estate Winery, just a few miles from the West Sussex coast, is the realisation of owner Pip Goring’s dream. When she arrived in England from her native Cape Town in the early 1970s, she wanted to plant vineyards and build her own winery – and she and her family did, although it wasn’t until 2006 that the first vines went into the soil. The Goring family and winemaker Dermot Sugrue, formerly of Nyetimber, craft award-winning wines, such as IWSC Gold Cuvée Brut 2015. Book a guided tour, or wait until the autumn when a new restaurant and wine shop will open its doors. SP

  • Opening times: Open by appointment
  • Activities: Guided tours, self-guided tours, cellar door tastings
  • Bookings: Reservations needed; group bookings available
  • Price: From £20pp
  • Transport: Worthing train station
  • Disabled access: Yes

Wiston Estate Winery, North Farm, Washington, West Sussex, RH20 4BB. wistonestate.com

Woodchester Valley
Woodchester Valley in the Cotswolds offer food pairings as part of its wine tasting packages

Woodchester Valley, Gloucestershire

Situated in the south Cotswolds, Woodchester Valley made its first wine back in 2010, before moving to its current site and establishing the current winery in 2016. The estate now offers a choice of tours, with picnic-lunch options, and special “Fizz and Chips” evenings – plus, there’s on-site accommodation, in the form of three vineyard barn guest rooms, and houses for larger groups. Tastings run throughout the year – try the IWSC Silver medal-winner Reserve Brut Cuvée NV. There’s also a sizeable cellar-door shop five minutes’ drive away in the town of Nailsworth. SP

  • Opening times: Cellar door shop, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; tastings by appointment
  • Activities: Guided tours, cellar door tastings, holiday lets
  • Bookings: Reservations needed; no group bookings
  • Price: From £18pp
  • Transport: Stroud train station
  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Quote ‘IWSC’ for a discount on cellar door tastings

Woodchester Vallery, Convent Lane, Woodchester, Stroud, GL5 5HR. woodchestervalleyvineyard.co.uk

You can find even more info on English vineyard tours and tastings open to the public this summer at winegb.co.uk. For more from Club Oenologique’s favourites, see our interview with Ridgeview boss Tamara Roberts, who says that English sparkling wine’s journey has only just begun. Or if you’re holidaying in Scotland this year instead, check out our list of the best distillery tours and tastings.

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