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Vineyards & Wineries in East Sussex

East Sussex Vineyards & Wineries

East Sussex is known for producing some of the best English wines. The limestone chalk soil and cool summers in East Sussex are ideal for making sparkling wine. 

Visitors to East Sussex vineyards can find many tours and special events that run throughout the English summer months of May through to September. Many of the vineyards are family friendly with the option to bring your dog.

What are some of the best Vineyards in East Sussex?

Some of the best vineyards in East Sussex allow visitors to visit and learn about the wine making process. Some of the best vineyards in East Sussex are listed below.

  1. Hidden Spring Vineyard: The vineyard located in Heathfield has an average rating of 5 stars. The opening hours vary seasonally and visitors can sample some of the wines without booking. Facilities at the vineyard include warm and dry seating, a customer car park and a covered area for bicycles. Hidden Spring Vineyard produces still and sparkling white wine available from their online shop with prices starting from at least £17.
  2. Ridgeview Wine Estate: The vineyard has an average rating of 4.7 starts and is located in Hassocks. The cellar door shop is open Thursday to Monday and tours are available all year round. Ridgeview Wine Estate produces a range of sparkling wines that are available on site or through their online shop with prices starting from at least £30.
  3. Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard: The vineyard is located in Robertsbridge and has a rating of 4.7 stars. The vineyard is open daily for Vineyard Woodland Nature Trail + wine tasting, and shop. Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard produces whites, rosé, red, and sparkling wines which are all available from their online shop with prices starting from at least £11.
  4. Carr Taylor Vineyards: The vineyard is located in Hastings and has an average rating of 4.7 stars. The vineyard is open all year round, 7 days a week. Carr Taylor Wines produces a variety of still and sparkling wines that are available through their online shop with prices starting from at least £11.50.
  5. Bluebell Vineyard Estate: The vineyard is located in Uckfield and has an average rating of 4.8 stars. The vineyard is open 7 days a week and has a nature trail for families to explore. Bluebell Vineyard produces still and sparkling wine that is available through their online shop with prices starting from at least £14.95. 
  6. Off The Line Vineyard: The vineyard is located in Hailsham and has an average rating of 4.8 stars. The vineyard is open on weekends May through to September. Off The Line Vineyard specialises in rosé wine and is available in still or sparkling from their online shop with prices starting from at least £14.95.

What grapes are grown in East Sussex?

The grapes grown in East Sussex produce a variety of different wines. Some of the grapes grown in East Sussex are listed below.

  1. Reichensteiner
  2. Schonburger 
  3. Muller Thurgau 
  4. Gutenbourner 
  5. Huxelrebe
  6. Kerner 
  7. Dornfelder 
  8. Dunkelfelder
  9. Ortega 
  10. Wurzer 
  11. Bacchus 
  12. Pinot Blanc 
  13. Chardonnay
  14. Pinot Noir
  15. Pinot Meunier 

What wines are produced in East Sussex?

A wide variety of wines are produced in East Sussex. Some of the wines produced in East Sussex are listed below.

  1. Still White Wine: The wine is available for vegans and vegetarians, and is produced organically.
  2. Sparkling White Wine: The wine is available for vegans and vegetarians, and is produced organically.
  3. Rosé Wine: The wine is available for vegans and vegetarians, and is produced organically.
  4. Sparkling Rosé Wine: The wine is available for vegans and vegetarians, and is produced organically.

Which Vineyards in East Sussex produce organic wines?

Some of the vineyards in East Sussex produce organic wines. Some of the vineyards that produce organic wines in East Sussex are listed below. 

  1. Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard
  2. Oxney Organic Estate
  3. Bodiam Vineyard
  4. Woodreed Vineyard
  5. Tillingham Wines

What are some of the best family friendly vineyards in East Sussex?

Visitors can find some family friendly vineyards in East Sussex. Some of the family friendly vineyards in East Sussex are listed below.

  1. Hidden Spring Vineyard
  2. Beacon Down Vineyard
  3. Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard
  4. Oastbrook Estate
  5. Carr Taylor Vineyards
  6. Downsview Vineyard
  7. Rathfinny Wine Estate

Are there any dog friendly vineyards in East Sussex?

Yes, there are some dog friendly vineyards in East Sussex. Some of the dog friendly vineyards in East Sussex are listed below. 

  1. Rathfinny Estate
  2. Bluebell Vineyard Estates
  3. Carr Taylor Vineyard
  4. Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard
  5. Downsview Vineyard

What are some of the best vineyards in East Sussex that have disabled accessibility?

Disabled access is available at some of the vineyards in East Sussex. Some of the vineyards with disabled accessibility are listed below.

  1. Rathfinny Estate
  2. Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard
  3. Artelium Wine Estate

What are some of the best wineries for wine tasting in East Sussex?

The wineries at Rathfinny Estate and Carr Taylor Vineyard are among the best wineries for tasting wine in East Sussex. 

Rathfinny Estate offers a range of wine tasting experiences to suit different guests. All of the wines that are produced by Rathfinny Estate are available for tasting in a 10 minute tasting session at their shop, before customers purchase the wine.. Longer guided tasting sessions are also available at Rathfinny Estate all year round that can be included with extra options such as a tour or with lunch. Tour and tasting prices at this estate start from at least £27.50 per person.

At Carr Taylor Vineyard, visitors get to experience their range of award winning wines. The wine tasting is tutor guided and visitors will learn about the wine making process and the tasting notes of each wine. Visitors can choose whether the wine tasting is accompanied by afternoon tea, lunch or a meal with availability dependable on the season. Prices for wine tasting at Carr Taylor Vineyard start from at least £30 per person and this price includes a vineyard tour.

What are some of the best wineries in East Sussex for English Sparkling wine?

There are many wineries in East Sussex where English Sparkling wine is available. Some of the best wineries in East Sussex for English Sparkling wine are listed below.

  1. Rathfinny Wine Estate
  2. Ridgeview Wine Estate
  3. Court Garden Vineyard
  4. Hidden Spring Vineyard

What are some of the special events that are hosted at the Wineries and Vineyards in East Sussex?

Some of the wineries and vineyards in East Sussex host special events throughout the year. Some of the special events hosted at the wineries and vineyards in East Sussex are listed below.

  1. Fine Wine and Dining at Oastbrook Estate: Visitors can enjoy the vineyard’s range of wines paired alongside a local culinary banquet. The special event is located next to the estate pool overlooking the vineyard. The event occurs throughout the summer months and a minimum booking of 12 persons is required.
  2. Ridgefest at Ridgeview Vineyard: Ridgefest is a music, food, and wine festival that is held once a year at Ridgeview Vineyard. Families are welcome.
  3. Folk and Feast at Off The Line Vineyard: Off The Line vineyard hosts an afternoon of folk music, locally sourced foods, and wine produced by the vineyard. Tickets for the special event start from at least £40 per person.

Are there any vineyards in East Sussex that are available for venue hire?

Yes, there are some vineyards in East Sussex that are available for venue hire. Some of the vineyards in East Sussex that are available for venue hire are listed below. 

  1. Hidden Spring Vineyard: The Tasting Room is available to hire for business meetings, recitals, talks, and other events. The vineyard can provide AV equipment, catering and other facilities. People who are looking to visit Hidden spring vineyard can contact the vineyard directly through their website for more information.
  2. Bluebell Vineyard:The vineyard’s tasting Room is ideal for small groups looking for a relaxed and informal venue for training days, networking events and private gatherings, while their marquee & event space is the ideal setting for larger tastings including a sit down meal or buffet. People who are looking to visit Bluebell vineyard can contact the vineyard through their website for more information

What are some of the best wine tours that are offered in East Sussex?

There are many wine tours available in East Sussex. Some of the best wine tours that are offered in East Sussex are listed below.

  1. Carr Taylor Wine Tour: The vineyard has tours available for 2 people or private group tours for up to 20 people. The tours can be booked online and prices start from at least £30 for 2 people.
  2. Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard: The vineyard runs wine tours from April through to August, from Wednesday through Sunday at various times throughout the day. The wine tour costs at least £20 per person. Visitors can also book private wine tours. The wine tour needs to be booked in advance. 
  3. Off The Line Vineyard: Pre-booked guided wine tours and tastings are available at this vineyard on most weekends from May through to September. Prices of the wine tour cost at least £15 per person.
  4. Ridgeview Wine Estate: Wine tours are available on weekends for at least £50 per person. Booking on the group tours can be done through the vineyards website.
  5. Bluebell Vineyard Estates: Wine tours are available Thursdays to Sundays, May through to September. Public wine tours can be booked through their website for £20 per person and are suitable for adults. Private group wine tours can also be arranged by phone or email.  

What is the best time to visit the vineyards in East Sussex?

The best times to visit East Sussex vineyards are during the summer months, between May and September.

Are there any vineyard stays in East Sussex?

Yes, there are some vineyard stays available in East Sussex. Some of the vineyard stays in East Sussex are listed below.

  1. Rathfinny Wine Estate: The vineyard has bed and breakfast accommodation. A room with a single bed starts from at least £90, and a room with a double bed starts from at least £100 at this estate.
  2. Charles Palmer Vineyards and Wickham Manor B&B: The B&B has spacious rooms with some kitchen facilities. Prices at this B&B start from at least £145 for two people with a minimum stay of 2 nights.
  3. Oxney Organic Vineyard: The vineyard has self catering accommodations suitable for 2 -14 people. Prices start from at least £100 per night with a minimum stay of 2 nights.
  4. Tillingham Vineyard: The vineyard has Bed and Breakfast rooms suitable for 2 people. Prices at this vineyard start from at least £195.

Do the vineyards in East Sussex have restaurants?

Yes, some of the vineyards in East Sussex have restaurants. Some of the vineyards in East Sussex that have restaurants are listed below. 

  1. Rathfinny Estate: Rathfinny Estate has two restaurants for visitors to enjoy a meal. The Tasting Room Restaurant is Michelin recommended and serves a menu of modern British cuisine. The Flint Barns Dining Room produces seasonal produce-led dishes. Prices at the restaurants for a two course meal start from at least £34.50 and 3 courses from £39.50.
  2. Tillingham Vineyard: The restaurant serves locally produced food on their a la carte menu available for dinner Monday to Sunday and lunch, Friday to Sunday. Prices at the restaurant start from at least £20 for a 2 course meal or at least £25 for a three course meal.

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