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Set in the heart of the Sussex countryside, just 45 minutes out of the city, Bolney Wine Estate is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with nature. Acres of beautiful vines roll across the hills and are home to Bolney’s award-winning range of still and sparkling English wines.
With stunning views to the South Downs and an abundance of wildlife all around, guests can discover where eight varieties of grapes (including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) are grown and find out how the family-run estate makes some of its finest wines. In the morning, roe deer can be spotted slinking between the vines while in the summer afternoons the dragonflies come out.
After exploring the vines, guests can visit the state-of-the-art winery - which is fascinating even for non-drinkers - and the tasting room to experience the fun of sampling. The Eighteen Acre Café has a stunning viewing balcony overlooking the ripening vines. This is the place to really appreciate the setting with a glass of wine in hand and some delicious locally sourced food.
Sam Linter, Managing Director and Head Winemaker at Bolney Wine Estate said: “We are incredibly lucky to be able to create great wine in such beautiful surroundings and we’ve worked really hard to create a space that is a haven of peace and tranquillity in the Sussex countryside. It the Sussex mild climate and south facing slopes that make our wine so special and enable us to create award-winning vintages.”
Bolney Wine Estate has been guided by nature since the first vines were planted in 1972. The estate has roots firmly planted in the local community and continues to forge and shape the burgeoning English Wine industry with grapes grown and hand-crafted into award-winning varietal wines at the 104-acre vineyard.
Bolney offers a range of tours running through the Christmas period:
The Taster Tour: Our Taster tour explores the vineyard and winery and includes a tasting of five wines, matched to five cheese samples. Lasts for approximately one hour and thirty minutes. £20pp
The Sparkling Afternoon Tea Tour (accompanied by a glass of sparkling Bolney Rose): Discover our vineyard and winery with a guided tour and sample our award-winning vintages with a tutored tasting of five wines. You’ll finish with a sparkling afternoon tea, accompanied by a glass of sparkling rosé: £35pp
The Grand Gourmet Tour: Enjoy the ultimate tour of our Estate with a two-course seasonal English buffet lunch to finish and tasting plate matched with five of our award-winning wines. Plus, sample our new Bolney Estate Gin with our tutored tasting. £45pp
The Vineyard Trail is designed for all the family to enjoy: Come and experience our vineyard trail – the perfect family activity! Explore the vines in our Eighteen Acre field after collecting your clipboard and trail map from our on-site restaurant or shop. Fill out your activity sheet and claim a prize on completion.
Bolney Wine Estate – Opening Hours:
● Monday to Saturday – 9am-5pm
● Sundays (including Easter Sunday) – 9am - 5pm café
● Sundays (including Easter Sunday) – 10am- 5pm shop
2019 Seasonal Opening Hours:
● Christmas Eve – 9am to 3pm
● Christmas Day – Closed
● Boxing Day – Closed
● Dec 27th– 10am to 10.30pm (Wine Bar)
● Dec 28th– 30th– 10am to 4pm
● New Year’s Eve – 10am – 4pm
● New Year’s Day – 10am – 2pm
For further information and to book onto a tour visit https://bolneywineestate.com/