South East England Wine Trail Uncover some of South East England’s best kept secrets Within the South East each area has its distinctive character and charm. You Welcome will find tranquil villages, stunning views and historic sites. Why not combine visiting a vineyard with a Farmers’ Market, cheese producer or lunch in a rural pub serving local food? to the new South East For more information about great days out, visit: www.visitsoutheastengland.co.uk England Wine Trail Map! Every self-respecting vineyard region in Whether it’s a day out, a weekend or the world has a map to show how to find wine producers open to visitors. a whole week, use this map to plan your next Sometimes it’s a ‘Wine Route’, some- times a ‘Strada di Vino’ or a ‘Route des wine adventure Châteaux’. Here in the South East of England, the wine producers know they have something to shout about - the ever-increasing quality of their wines. Charles Metcalfe And they want visitors to be able to find their way to the vineyards. And not just the wines - there’s a host of other attractions. Wine tastings (of course!), vine- yard tours, cafés, restaurants and gift shops will make your visits memorable. So, whether it’s a day out, a weekend or a whole week, use this map to plan your next wine adventure. You don’t have to go somewhere where you don’t speak the language! Visit some of the most beautiful parts of Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, East and West Sussex. You’ll discover good wines and friendly people, without having to hang around at airports! The Wine Trail is here to help you discover a wealth of sterling new wines. You’ll find brown ‘tourist attraction’ road signs when you get close to your next vineyard. And you’ll uncover some of South East England’s best-kept secrets. 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Prizes in Contact: Angela Channon (Red – 100% Pinot Noir), Gift Shop able: two still whites, including a Frilford Heath, Oxon, OX13 6QW the 2004 Thames and Chiltern Botley Road, Shedfield, Greenfield’s Cuvee (Premium VISITOR FACILITIES: One of Europe’s Chardonnay, two reds including T 01865 390067 Vineyards Association Awards: Southampton, SO32 2HL sparkling – Chardonnay/Pinot most important 18th century our award winning Dark Harvest, E firstname.lastname@example.org Hendred Sparkling 2001 - Highly T 01329 834042 Meunier/Pinot Noir) parks with vineyard – Visitor and two sparkling wines includ- www.bothy-vineyard.co.uk Commended; Runnington Hill E email@example.com AVAILABLE AT: Selected wines are Centre with Tearoom and Gift ing a very fine Pinot Noir Rosé. VINEYARD SIZE: 5 acres 2001 - Bronze; Ridgeway 2003 - www.wickhamvineyard.co.uk available from selected shop. Painshill Park can be We have achieved Quality Wine Bronze. VINEYARD SIZE: 18 acres Sainsburys, Waitrose, Somerfield, reached via M25 (J10) and the status for all our wines entered The excellent microclimate, sandy into the scheme. AVAILABLE AT: Our own shop, local Ocado and the P&O Ferry Lines. A3 exit at Junction with A245 soils and long, slow ripening sea- Wickham produces a range of son result in consistent award farm shop Q Gardens in Steventon white wines including a lightly The full range of wines is avail- towards Cobham. Entrance to AVAILABLE AT: Our own “Vineyard winning wines. Oxford Dry - our Hill and the village Post Office. oaked Fumé selected by the able from the Denbies shop, free car park is in Between Streets, Atrium Shop” and South Down bestseller, a light, dry white wine, VISITOR FACILITIES: Hendred House of Commons, a full bodied mail-order or online www.den- Cobham, (A245) 200m east of Wine Cellar in Hurstpierpoint. with grapefruit and tropical fruit Vineyard is on the A417 between Red, a fruity Rosé and a biesvineyard.com the A245/A307 roundabout. VISITOR FACILITIES: Bookers flavours such as kiwi and Wantage and Didcot, 15 mins of Sparkling Wine. VISITOR FACILITIES: The Denbies March-Oct: 10.30-18.00 Vineyard is located just off the pineapple. Renaissance - tastes J13 of the M4, 30 mins J9 of M40. AVAILABLE AT: the vineyard and Wine Estate visitor centre offers (closed Mon) Nov-Feb: 11.00-16.00 A23 between Gatwick and of nectarines and a hint of dill Mon-Fri: 9.00-17.00 for wine selected Co-op, Sainsbury’s and excellent facilities. "Wine or dusk (closed Mon and Tues) Brighton. Take A272 exit towards seed on the nose giving way to sales. Phone for weekend open- Waitrose stores. Experience" tours operate all year, Cowfold, after about 3/4 mile, there's a choice of restaurants, 7 Nutbourne Vineyards turn right just after the petrol peaches and cream on the palate. ing hours. Wine tours & tastings VISITOR FACILITIES: Visitors can take Contact: Bridget Gladwin Just off dry, this blend of Optima by arrangement only. ever changing art exhibitions, a station. We are 1/2 mile up the an audio tour through the vine- well stocked wine and gift shop Gay Street, Nr Pulborough, West lane, second driveway on left. and Ortega has a wonderful bal- 3 Brightwell Vineyard yard and winery followed by a ance – won award for best plus plenty more. On-site Bed & Sussex, RH20 2HE T 01798 815196 Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00. Guided Contact: Bob and Carol Nielson wine tasting in the gift shop. Breakfast offers "4 Diamond" E firstname.lastname@example.org regional white wine in 2004. Guided tours with meals can be tours available by pre-arrangement. Rush Court, Shillingford Road, accommodation. perfect for those www.nutbournevineyards.com AVAILABLE AT: Vineyard’s own arranged for group bookings. 9 RidgeView Wine Estate shop, Added Ingredients in Stert Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8LJ attending one of the weddings, VINEYARD SIZE: 18 acres T 01491 836586 E wines@ The vineyard is on the A334 conferences or parties held at Contact: Mardi Roberts Street, Abingdon, Appleton Stores between Botley and Wickham We produce Nutbourne Sussex in Marcham, and SJ Jones wine brightvines.freeserve.co.uk Denbies Wine Estate. You can Reserve 2003 – crisp dry white, Frogbarrow Lane, Ditchling www.brightwines.co.uk (M27, J7 or J10). find Denbies just north of Dorking Common, Sussex, BN6 8TP merchants in Banbury and Bicester. Nutbourne Late Harvest 2001 – VINEYARD SIZE: 35 acres Mon-Sat: 10.30-17.30 on the A24, close to the M25 and fruity off dry white, Nutbourne T 01444 241441 VISITOR FACILITIES: Special opening Sun: 11.30-17.00 Oxford Flint, a classic fully dry A3. Denbies is only a 15 minute Bacchus 2001 – single varietal, E email@example.com during English Wine Week (last walk from Dorking station. www.ridgeview.co.uk weekend in May and first week- white wine, blended from 5 Denbies Wine Estate dry and very fresh, Nutty Brut end in June) with free wine tast- Chardonnay and Huxelrebe Contact: Marcus Sharp Jan-Mar, Mon-Fri: 10.00- 2002 – traditionally made VINEYARD SIZE: 25 acres ings, cheese and biscuits, and grapes. With refreshing, tangy Denbies Wine Estate, London 17.00, Sat: 10.00-17.30, Sun: sparkling wine. Family company who specialise tours running from 11.30 each citrus flavour, Oxford Flint is Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6SP 11.30-17.00. April-Dec, Mon-Sat: AVAILABLE AT: The vineyard as well in making international award day. Tours for groups between ideal as an aperitif. Crispin, a dry T 01306 876 616 10.00-17.30, Sun: 11.30-17.30. as local shops, pubs, restaurants. winning, traditional method 10-30 welcome (£5/person, by white wine blend, balanced to E firstname.lastname@example.org Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing VISITOR FACILITIES: No admission sparkling wine, exclusive from prior arrangement). Location: give a softer edge. Crispin shows www.denbiesvineyard.co.uk Day and New Year’s Day. fee. Guided tours (min. 20 peo- Champagne varieties including Two miles west of Abingdon, in a subtle fusion of orchard fruit VINEYARD SIZE: 265 acres 6 Painshill Park ple) with full wine tasting Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Frilford Heath, next to Dog with lingering hints of pears. A £5.50/person. Directions: Brown Pinot Meunier. very easy drinking wine. Oxford The current range of award win- Contact: Teige O’Brien House Hotel. Ample parking ning wines (four awards in the vineyard tourist signs from A283 AVAILABLE AT: Ridgeview Estate, Regatta, a clean, dry red wine, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Pulborough-Storrington road in selected Waitrose, Sunday Times Between St George’s Day and redolent of English summer International Wine Challenge Surrey, KT11 1JE T 01932 868113 West Sussex. Easy access from Christmas - weekends only, 2003/2004) has been divided into Wine Club and The Wine Society berries, with flavours of raspberry E email@example.com 10.00-17.00. Other times by three categories: A29 between Billinghurst and VISITOR FACILITIES: Tours of the and damson fading to a straw- www.painshill.co.uk Pulborough- turn left directly appointment. The Estate Range: Flint Valley vineyard and winery plus tast- berry finish. A versatile wine, VINEYARD SIZE: 2.5 acres into Gay Street, left again at the (White – Seyval ings of current releases £5/per- 2 Hendred Vineyard Oxford Regatta drinks well on its Painshill Wines: 2000 Sparkling, a fork. You will find the vineyard son by arrangement. Tutored Contact: Mary Mackinnon own, or as an accompaniment to Blanc/Reichensteiner) and Surrey blend of 50% Pinot Noir 50% after 11/2 miles on the right. Gold (White – blind tasting (8 sparkling wines) Sheephouse Barn, Allins Lane, almost any dish. Seyval Blanc – a clean crisp good May-October Mon-Fri 14.00- and tours for groups incl canapés AVAILABLE AT: The vineyard, Müller/Bacchus/Ortega) quality English sparkling wine – East Hendred, Oxfordshire, 17.00. Sat-Sun-BH 11.00-17.00 £15/person. Ridgeview is situated OX12 8HR T 01235 828430 Wallingford Farmers’ Market, and The Cellarrmasters Choice: Bronze Medal Award 7 miles north of Brighton on the E Tim@textra.co.uk ‘Added Ingredients’ in Abingdon. Juniper Hill (White – (International Wine Challenge 8 Bookers Vineyard Ltd B2112, 11/2 miles north of Schönburger/Bacchus), Coopers 2004). 2003 White, Seyval Blanc Contact: Sam Linter and Ditchling. VINEYARD SIZE: 6 acres Vineyard tours are by Brook (White – Chardonnay – a superb dry wine, Seal of Duncan Monro In 1973, we planted two grape arrangement. Blend), Redlands (Red – Winery open for sales & tast- Approval (International Wine Foxhole Lane, Bolney, West varieties: Madeleine Angevine Dornfelder/ Pinot Noir), Rosé Hill Challenge 2004). 2003 Rosé – ings Mon-Sat 11.00-16.30. and Seyval Blanc. Sometimes Sussex, RH17 5NB Visitors welcome on Sundays by 2003 (Pinot Noir/Dornfelder) Pinot Noir and Seyval Blanc – T 01444 881575 blended sometimes kept sepa- The Vineyard Select: Hillside another popular dry wine. prior arrangement. E firstname.lastname@example.org rate, they produce fragrant, easy Chardonnay (White – 100% www.bookersvineyard.co.uk 10 Plumpton Estate 12 The English Wine Centre 14 Sedlescombe Organic AVAILABLE AT: Our own shop, 17 Chapel Down Winery 19 Leeds Castle Vineyard Contact: Adam Smith (sales), Contact: Christopher Ann Vineyard Budgens (Sussex), Middle Farm Contact: Rebecca Deacon Contact: Derek Horton Peter Morgan (wine maker) and Alfriston Roundabout, Contact: Mrs Irma Cook Shop (Firle), and La Hogue Farm Tenterden Vineyard, Small Hythe, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent Kevin Sutherland (manager) East Sussex, BN26 5QS Hawkhurst Road, Cripp’s Corner, Shop (Chippenham near Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7NG ME17 1PL T 01622 765400 Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, T 01323 870164 nr Sedlescombe, Robertsbridge, Newmarket) T 01580 766111 E rebecca@ eng- E email@example.com Plumpton, nr Lewes, BN7 3AE E firstname.lastname@example.org East Sussex, TN32 5SA VISITOR FACILITIES: Visitors can fol- lishwinesgroup.com www.eng- www.leeds-castle.com T 01273 890454 www.englishwine.co.uk T 01580 830715 E enquiries@ low the Vineyard Trail, taste the lishwinesgroup.com VINEYARD SIZE: 4 acres E email@example.com VINEYARD SIZE: Decorative vines englishorganicwine.co.uk wines and enjoy coffee and cakes VINEYARD SIZE: 25 acres Set in 500 acres of beautiful VINEYARD SIZE: 12 acres Over 50 English wines are on dis- www.englishorganicwine.co.uk in our café. Our shop sells ham- Chapel Down’s quality sparkling parkland, a visit to Leeds Castle is We produce quality red, rosé, play. There is always a good VINEYARD SIZE: 16 acres pers, gifts, preserves, cards, wines are made in the traditional full of discovery. A truly special white and sparkling wines selection for tasting with knowl- Award-winning, organic and chocolates etc. Guided tours method and include a Brut NV, blend of heritage, natural habi- including varietal Pinot Noir, edgeable staff on hand. Our English! Sedlescombe’s Dry White available for pre-booked groups Vintage Brut, Pinot Reserve and tats and conservation awaits Ortega and Bacchus. house range includes Cuckmere won 1st prize at the English of 20 people or more. Follow the Rosé Brut. Our range of blended every visitor all year around. The 2003, Downland Fumé, a wide Wine Festival. The oak matured brown signs from the A21/A28 and single varietal white, red and Leeds Castle Vineyard is located By appointment only junction. Turn left by the Old range of Quality Sparkling, Kir red won a Highly Commended at rosé wines are produced from on the original site listed in the 11 Breaky Bottom Vineyard Royale, Red and Rosé wines. the English Wine of the Year Counthouse Pub in Westfield. grape varieties including Bacchus, 1086 Domesday Book and the Contact: Peter Hall AVAILABLE AT: See our website competition. We also produce a Our shop is open daily: Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. grapes we grow include Müller Rodmell, Lewes, to order on-line. super Rosé and two sparkling 10.00-17.00 AVAILABLE AT: The vineyard, Thurgau, Seyval Blanc, East Sussex, VISITOR FACILITIES: Set in the beau- ‘bubblies’ complete the range. 16 Biddenden Vineyards Ltd Waitrose or select wine merchants Reichensteiner and Schönburger BN7 3EX tiful Cuckmere Valley, the 2 acre AVAILABLE AT: On-line, www.english Little Whatmans, Gribble Bridge in the South East of England. We producing award winning white T 01273 476427 site contains old buildings and organicwine.co.uk, Budgens Lane, Biddenden, Kent, TN27 8DF sell our own wines plus a range wine (medium and medium dry). E firstname.lastname@example.org the English Wine Museum, (Sussex), Farmers’ Markets, of gourmet English products. AVAILABLE AT: From the Castle’s T 01580 291933 www.breakybottom.co.uk attractive gardens, full catering English Wine Centre in Alfriston. E email@example.com VISITOR FACILITIES: Tours by Shops and Restaurants. VINEYARD SIZE: 6 acres facilities for booked parties. VISITOR FACILITIES: Vineyard & www.biddendenvineyards.com appointment every day, tastings March-Oct: 11.00-17.00 Principal variety Seyval Blanc, Regional food a speciality, mostly woodland nature trail and wine VINEYARD SIZE: 18 acres available all year round. The Oct-March: 10.15-17.00 producing stylish méthode prepared in our own kitchens. tasting. Follow the self-guided White, Red, Rosé and a quality Chapel Down Bistro offers excel- champenoise sparkling wines and long or short trail, see organic lent English Cuisine in stunning 20 Elham Valley Vineyard Daily 10:00-17:00 sparkling wine made by the tra- Contact: Gillian Breitfeld dry still whites. Recent plantings farming in action and sample the ditional method. These wines are surroundings 7 days a week. 13 Davenport Vineyards delights of organic English wines, Elham Valley Road, Breach, of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Contact: Will Davenport produced from eight varieties of From Tenterden High Street (A28) Barham, Nr Canterbury, CT4 6LN Meunier add complexity, depth liqueurs, cider and fruit juices. vines and the total production turn onto the B2082. After 21/2 and finesse to the sparkling wines. Limney Farm, Castle Hill, Wine a case of wine in the free miles you will see a sign for T 01227 831266 takes place at our on-site winery. E firstname.lastname@example.org AVAILABLE AT: The 1999 Cuvee Rotherfield, East Sussex, TN6 3RR competition! Situated in the Small Hythe, the vineyard is a AVAILABLE AT: Our own shop, Remy Alexandre, Bronze Medal T 01892 852380 heart of 1066 country on the further 300 yards on the right. VINEYARD SIZE: 2/3 acres E email@example.com B2244 just 11/2 miles north of Weald Smokery in Flimwell, East International Wine Challenge Sussex; English Wine Centre, Daily 10.00-17.00 White Table Wine/Sparkling wine 2004, is available at Harveys in www.davenportvineyards.co.uk Sedlescombe village (3 miles – Müller Thurgau, Seyval Blanc, south of Bodiam Castle), and 8 Alfriston, East Sussex; Premier 18 Meopham Valley Vineyard Lewes, English Wine Centre in VINEYARD SIZE: 4 acres plus 8 Wines, Week Street in Maidstone Contact: David and Pauline Grey Reichensteiner Alfriston, Butlers Wine Cellar in acres in Kent miles north of the seaside resort AVAILABLE AT: Our own shop. of Hastings. VISITOR FACILITIES: Visitors are wel- Norway House, Wrotham Road, Brighton, Thameside Wines in We have the following wines VISITOR FACILITIES: Come and look Putney and from the vineyard come to stroll around the 22 Meopham, Kent DA13 OAU available: Limney “Horsmonden” Daily 10.00-18.00 acres of vines. Maps for short or T 01474 812727 www.meopham around our vineyard and see (mail order). Dry White (organic) and Limney how the vines grow in the shel- 15 Carr Taylor Vineyards longer routes are provided. valleyvineyard.co.uk VISITOR FACILITIES: Breaky Bottom Estate Sparkling Wine (in conver- tered, tranquil valley that gives Contact: Linda Carr Taylor Tasting room to sample wines, VINEYARD SIZE: 4 acres organically lies in a beautiful and secluded sion to organic) ciders and apple juice. Guided the vineyard its name. Enjoy fold in the South Downs, along a AVAILABLE AT: On-line, www.daven Wheel Lane, Westfield, Hastings, grown grapes morning coffee, clotted cream East Sussex, TN35 4SG tours by arrangements. You can 11/2 miles farm track (see website portvineyards.co.uk, Vintage find Biddenden Vineyard 11/2 miles Our Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, tea with home-made cakes and under location for directions). At Roots, Tel: 0118 976 1999, T 01424 752501 E firstname.lastname@example.org south of Biddenden on the A262. Pinot Gris and sparkling wine scones, or a light lunch. Set in an the vineyard you can enjoy a free Vinceremos Tel: 0113 244 0002, (traditional method) are all avail- area of outstanding natural tasting of all the wines, The English Wine Centre www.carr-taylor.co.uk Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00. able from the shop at the vine- beauty on the B2065 off the A2 sparkling, still white (dry and late in Alfriston. VINEYARD SIZE: 37 acres Sun 11.00-17.00 (Mar-Dec only) yard. Tasting takes place all Canterbury to Dover road and harvest) and delicious home We were the first English vine- through opening times. only minutes from the cathedral grown cassis. More formal group yard to produce ‘méthode cham- AVAILABLE AT: Our own shop. city of Canterbury. visits can be arranged to include penoise’ wine commercially. This The vineyard shop is open Easter-Oct: Mon-Fri 9.00- an instructive tour of the vine- has won numerous international throughout the year on Friday 17.00, Weekends 11.00-17.00 yard and winery, cost £5.00 per awards including two Gold and Saturday, 11.00-dusk, and by Nov-March: Mon-Fri 9.00-16.00, person. Medals in France. We also make appointment times but phone Weekends 11.00-16.00. Groups By appointment only. still white and rosé wines and a first to confirm. and Coach parties by arrangement. large selection of delicious fruit wines. This publication is produced by the South East Food Group Partnership, an umbrella organisation for food groups and their producer members in the South East of England. The South East boasts a large variety of local and regional produce which is produced, grown and raised with skill and care. By buying and enjoying local food and drink, you not only support the farmers and producers you also assist the local economy and help protect our heritage. For more information about local and regional food: At County level: Regional: Produced in Kent www.buylocalfood.co.uk - information www.producedinkent.co.uk T: 01622 221968 about producers based in the South East, Festivals and Farmers’ Markets A Taste of Sussex www.atasteofsussex.co.uk T: 01444 259265 National: www.regionalfoodanddrink.com - Surrey Food Links national database of regional producers www.surreyfoodlinks.co.uk T: 0208 541 9364 Hampshire Fare www.hampshirefare.co.uk T: 01962 845999 Federation of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire Food Groups, www.local-food.net T: 01865 484116 This publication is supported by: South East Food Group Partnership Ltd, Agriculture House, Station Road, Liss GU33 7AR Liability: Whilst every care has been taken in the research and preparations for the directory, we cannot accept any liability for any errors herein. Before visiting a vineyard listed in this publication, please check opening times.