….oh, and with beautiful accommodation too, so you can swill, sniff and taste until the sun is very low in the sky with just a short walk to your room for a pre-dinner snooze.
- Oxney – Rye, East Sussex
Oxney is the largest single-estate producer of English organic wine. Grapes are grown and nurtured in the ‘Soil Association’ certified vineyard, and produced into delicious English sparkling and still wine. With 35 acres of organic vineyards and a sustainable management process that favours wild ferments, no filtration, is low intervention and has a minimal use of SO2, it is easy to see why the future of English wine is organic.
Take a tour and spend a night amongst the vines, in either a spacious converted barn, Vineyard House or cosy shepherd’s huts.
- Tillingham – East Sussex
Tillingham is a beautiful farmstead set amongst 70 acres of rolling hills and woodland in East Sussex. Their philosophy is progressive; incorporating the best scientific and technological knowledge whilst not forgetting ancient wine making traditions and best practices. Their highly sustainable approach means Tillingham farm in a diverse way with regernative farming and low intervention wine making at their core.
Have a well-earned rest in one of the eleven rooms in what was originally a hop barn. The a la carte restaurant serve produce from local growers or alternatively grab a pizza in the converted Dutch barn.
- Tinwood – West Sussex
Every decision the team at Tinwood make, is based on the fact they are custodians of the land and are conscious on how it will affect the environment they live in. On your visit to Tinwood expect wild flower meadows amongst the vines to promote biodiversity – the ethos is to work with nature rather than against it.
Stay in one of the luxury vineyard lodges that all have spectacular views over the vines.
- Sandridge Barton - Stoke Gabriel, Devon
The Sandridge Barton vineyard was first planted in 2008 and has 24 acres under vine. They grow various varieties including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Bacchus. Sustainable environmental practices are at the heart of Sandridge Barton, with their inclusion into the higher level Countryside Stewardship Scheme and a membership of Sustainable Wines of Great Britain. The new winery and visitor buildings have been designed with sustainability in mind and have solar panels, rainwater harvesting, air source heat pumps and spring water extraction in order to further reduce their carbon footprint.
Rest your head either at the Sandbridge Barton House or the secluded Boathouse. The newly renovated Lower Well Farmhouse will be ready soon.