Posted 31st May 2015
Spend the day enjoying the country's most picturesque vineyards and tasting the finest wines on offer with our guide to some of the best vineyards to visit in England
Celebrating its 10th birthday this year, Furleigh Estate is now open for the season. Tours and tastings are available every Friday and Saturday at 2.30pm, and tastings and sales are available everyday during English Wine Week from 11am to 5pm.
This multi-award-winning vineyard and winery is situated in a truly beautiful, rural corner of west Dorset. Owned and managed by husband and wife team Rebecca and Ian Hansford, the couple planted their first vine in 2005. Today, more than 22,000 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines grow on the south-facing slopes of the Estate.
Furleigh Estate will also launch its first Grand Tour during English Wine Week, on the morning of 29th May. This special monthly tour will include a glass of Furleigh Estate sparkling wine on arrival and a personal tour of the vineyard and winery by Rebecca Hansford, owner of the Estate. Along the way guests will hear how the vineyard came into being a decade ago. The tour finishes back in the tasting room with a tutored tasting of at least four of the Furleigh Estate award winning still and sparkling wines.
The weekly wine tours cost £10 per person and the monthly Grand Tour costs £20 per person. For more information about Furleigh Estate, and to book a place on one of the tastings, visit www.furleighestate.co.uk or call 01308 488991.
Bolney Wine Estate
Bolney Wine Estate tours offer unique insights into the land, vines, techniques and talent behind our award-winning wines. And with ample tasting opportunities as part of the package, Bolney Wine Estate have got everything you need for a great day out, birthday gift, or elegant alternative to the conventional stag or hen night.
You’ll start with a leisurely walk round our 40 acres of vineyards, where you’ll learn how our sandstone soil, southerly aspect and meticulous management contribute to our wines’ unique character. Then, in the winery, they will show you how science, art and traditional craft skills come together to create our award-winning wines.
Theory is all very well, but we know you’re really here for the practical. So, you’ll have plenty of time to swirl, sniff, sip and savour our white, red, rosé and sparkling wines, with expert advice from our experienced tour guides. And having settled on your favourite wine (or wines) there’ll be an opportunity to buy a bottle (or bottles) in the shop before you leave.
Bolney Wine Estate have tours to suit every budget and occasion, running from February through to November. To see what we have to offer, and to book your tickets visit www.bolneywineestate.com.
Produced in Kent using grapes from our own and partner vineyards across the South East of England, Chapel Down creates world-class traditional method sparkling wines and a range of still wines and craft beers. With a mission to surprise and delight, Chapel Down has quickly gained support from leading chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver, as well as great Institutions such as The Royal Opera House, The Donmar Warehouse, Festival Hall and The RAC Club! With an impressive array of international awards, Chapel Down is striving to push the boundaries in English wines and beers.
Experience a Chapel Down guided tour of the winery and vineyards where you will learn about the history of English wine, the vineyard cycle and the intricacies of the traditional m nethod of sparkling wine production. To complete the experience, all tours include a tutored tasting of our award-winning range of wines. Guided tours include a 60 minute tour of the Chapel Down vineyards and winery, followed by a tutored tasting of our award-winning range of sparkling and still wines.
Adult tickets are priced at £10.00 and children (aged 12-17 years) are £3.00, under 12 years go free. For more information visit: www.chapeldown.com/chardonnay-2011
Part of the new renaissance in English Wine, Nutbourne is a family run boutique wine producer making still and sparkling wines in the heart of West Sussex, and is a part of a new drinks trend seeing restaurants owning their own vineyards. From May, the Gladwin brothers who brought London's The Shed and Rabbit restaurant will be opening up their award-winning family run vineyards to the general public. The vineyard will be open to the public for the very first time for tastings and will allow customers to see how the grape goes from the vine, to the bottle and finally to tables of The Shed and Rabbit.
The Estate welcomes groups to visit, where you'll receive a tour of the winery and learn about the production of some of their best wines. Set in the beautiful estate in the Sussex Countryside, with views of the South Downs, the vineyard is open from May to October, Tuesdays to Fridays between 2pm and 5pm. Scheduled tours are available for £12 per person and a guided tour and tutored tasting can also be booked for £15 per person. Minimum of 12 people during the day or 20 people in the evening.
For more information about Nutbourne Vineyard visit www.nutbournevineyards.com.
Growing organic sparkling wine from low-yield chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, Herbert Hall can be found just outside of the picturesque Marden in Kent. The Marden Vineyard was planted in 2007 and has consistently produced the finest fruits on the estate, helping create their two wines, brut and brut rosé.
You can visit the vineyard by appointment only by calling 07956 163 519. At this authentic artisan winemakers, visitors can buy wine direct from the working winery, as well as taste the delicious wines with the winemaker and his assistant, or buy by the glass.
Find out about Herbert Hall here, www.herberthall.com.
Images courtesy of Furleigh Estate, Bolney Wine Estate, Chapel Down and Herbert Hall