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The Sussex Wine Trail

26 September 2022

4 days from £1,995pp

Experience the vineyards of the great South Downs on this four-day tour. Visit an interesting variety of vineyards aimed at demonstrating the region’s breadth of approach, style and taste varieties, in the company of the highly respected wine writer and critic, Will Lyons.

  • Visit the engine room of English wine
  • Visit the Bolney Wine Estate, a family run vineyard that produces award-winning still and sparkling wines, highly recognised for their Pinot Noir
  • Experience the educational side of winemaking with a visit to Plumpton College, Britain's only winemaking school
  • A pre-harvest tour
Sussex contains more vineyards than anywhere else in England and is considered the engine room of the English wine revolution. Although East Sussex saw some of the early developments in winemaking, West Sussex has seen winemakers crowding round the chalky soils of the South Downs. This four-day tour intends to take you around East and West Sussex in comfort, visiting an interesting variety of vineyards. The main emphasis of the tour will be on sparkling wines as they currently dominate production and have been the mainstay of the developing an international reputation. We will taste vintage, non-vintage, luxury cuvees, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs and Sparkling Rose. Where available, we may also sample still reds and whites. Staying at the luxurious Ockenden Manor, we will visit nine vineyards in the company of the highly respected wine writer and critic, Will Lyons. The tour will visit as far as Chichester to the west to Lewes in the east. Where possible we will sample a selection of other wines from the region at dinner each evening.

Your Accommodation

Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa

★★★
Overview
Ockenden Manor is an exquisite Elizabethan manor house approximately an hour’s drive from central London. The peace and tranquillity of Ockenden Manor provides a stylish retreat with 28 lavishly decorated rooms, outstanding spa facilities, an award-winning restaurant, all set in 8-acres of beautiful grounds overlooking Cuckfield Park.
 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Temple Spa bathroom products
  • Satellite TV
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Fluffy dressing gowns
  • Complimentary tea & coffee tray with home-made biscuits
  • Hairdryer
  • Nine acres of private gardens with terrace and croquet lawn
  • Fabulous restaurant serving delicious food created using the finest locally sourced ingredients
  • Award-winning Spa and treatment rooms
  • Stunning in-and-outdoor swimming pool
  • Oak-panelled bar
  • State-of-the-art gym & fitness studio
  • Elegant drawing room with open fire
  • Friendly, professional service
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