With Sussex boasting some of the best weather in the country, it is not short of beautiful vineyards. We have rounded up a list of our favourite vineyards in Sussex that are well worth a visit for a vineyard tour or to sample a glass of wine (or two!).
Some also provide the opportunity to stay overnight allowing you to wake up with a view across the vines.
Stopham vineyard was planted in 2007, with a focus on white wines using Bacchus, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois grape varieties. They also produce a few sparkling wines using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties. They offer a tour of the vineyard and winery most Saturdays between April and October with wine tasting to finish. There is also the option to add a two-course lunch by the river to your tour from either The White Hart pub or The Labouring Man pub.
Address: Stopham Vineyard, Stopham, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1EE
Kinsbrook Vineyard is a relatively new vineyard that was founded in 2014 by the Beckett family. The wines currently on offer are the KIN Bacchus 2019, KIN Pinot Gris 2020, Vintage Cuvee 2014 and more recently the KIN Beckett’s Rose 2016. Their vineyard is open to visitors – they have a KIN Cafe Bar, where you can try a glass of their wine, or pick up a bottle (or more!) to take away with you. This spot is also popular with cyclists looking for a mid-ride coffee and snack.
Address: Kinsbrook Vineyard, Picketty Corner, West Chiltington Road, West Chiltington, RH20 2LU
Bolney Wine Estate is one of the oldest vineyards in Sussex dating back to 1972, and produce a range of red, white, rose and sparkling wines. They run a range of vineyard tours and events and their location on the edge of the South Downs.
Located at the Estate is the Vineyard Shop, which offers a range of local produce as well as all their wines. Also located here is the Eighteen Acre Café serving locally sourced food to enjoy with a glass of wine with views across the vines.
Address: Bolney Wine Estate, Foxhole Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath, RH17 5NB
Nutbourne Vineyard is owned by the Gladwin family and produces a range of award winning still and sparkling wines. At the estate there is a self-guided vineyard trail which takes you amongst the vines to see the different varieties of grapes growing and to enjoy beautiful views over the South Downs. You may even spot a llama or two if you’re lucky!
Address: Nutbourne Vineyards, Gay Street, West Chiltington, West Sussex, RH20 2HH
The Nyetimber Estate hold Open Days throughout the year which last for about 2 hours, where you can enjoy a tour of the vineyard, tastings and the opportunity to buy their wines.
Address: Nyetimber Vineyard, Gay Street, West Chiltington, West Sussex, RH20 2HH
The Rathfinny Wine Estate was established in 2010 by Mark and Sarah Driver, producing high quality Sussex sparkling wines. At their 93 hectare vineyard located on a south-facing slope on the South Downs in Alfriston they have planted three grape varieties, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier.
Address: Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5TU
Tinwood Estate’s first vines were planted in 2007 and the vineyard today is well known for producing some of the highest quality English sparkling wines. They run daily vineyard tours and wine tasting which includes three glasses of sparkling wine and a tour around the estate.
Address: Tinwood Estate Vineyard, Tinwood Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0NE
Albourne Estate was established in 2010 which now covers approximately 30 acres with 42,000 vines including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Bacchus grape varieties. Their bottles all have beautiful designs which showcase the wonderful wildlife that can be found around the vineyard.
Address: Albourne Estate, Albourne Farm, Shaves Wood Lane, Albourne, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9DX
The vineyard at Wiston Estate was planted in 2006 and consists of over 6.5 hectares of South facing chalk slopes on the South Downs. The grape varieties planted are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to produce a range of award-winning English sparkling wines.
Address: Wiston Estate Winery, North Farm, Washington, West Sussex, RH20 4BB
Bluebell Vineyard specialises in English sparkling wines but more recently in 2019 they have released the first range of ‘Ashdown’ still wines. Their grape varieties include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Located at the vineyard is the Tasting Room which is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sundays 11am – 4pm during the growing seasons. Here you can enjoy wine tastings which take you through five of their award-winning wines.
Address: Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Glenmore Farm, Slider’s Lane, Furner’s Green, Uckfield, TN22 3RU
Ridgeview Wine Estate was established in 1995 and has been producing world-class English sparkling wines since then, using Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Meunier grape varieties.
Address: Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling Common, Fragbarrow Lane, Ditchling Common, Sussex, BN6 8TP
Court Garden is a family-run vineyard producing English sparkling wines as well as red, white and rose still wines since 2005.
They offer three different types of vineyard tour – a vineyard and sparkling wine tour, a wine & cheese tour and a sparkling taste-off tour.
Address: Court Garden Vineyard & Winery, Court Gardens Farm, Orchard Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8TH
Oxney Organic Estate is located in Beckley, near Rye and is made up of 35 acres. Vineyard tours run on Saturdays between April and November giving you a tour of both the vineyard and winery and the chance to sample four of their best-loved wines. There is also the option to have a picnic lunch afterwards where they will pack up a basket filled with Sussex cheese, charcuterie, bread, olives and various other nibbles.
Address: Oxney Organic Estate, Hobbs Lane, Beckley, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6TU
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