Foxhole Lane, Bolney RH17 5NB 01444 881 575
If you’re one of the (increasingly rare) people who still snigger at the mention of English wine, a vineyard tour at Sussex’s Bolney Wine Estate should set you straight. Snuggled in the countryside a few miles west of Haywards Heath, Bolney is one of a handful of Sussex vineyards that have been pulling in the plaudits in recent years. As with other vineyards, it’s the sparkling wine that’s gained the most attention (and awards) but Bolney also produces award-winning still wines, including – unusually for the UK – reds. You can just pitch up and buy a bottle, or case, from the shop, but it’s best to book yourself onto a tour if you have time. The nicest thing about Bolney – great wine and beautiful setting aside – is that it’s family-run and relatively small-scale, so tours have a much more personal feel than at the big wine estates. The basic tour includes a walk around the vineyard and the winery followed by a tutored tasting of three wines; other tours tag on lunch at the on-site café.
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Taster Tour £16; Gourmet Tour (with charcuterie and cheese) £29.50; Luxury Tour (including buffet lunch) £39.50.
- Gift Shop
- Group Bookings
- Tasting Sessions
- Tours Available
The nearest train stations are Haywards Heath or Burgess Hill (both about 15min by taxi). By car, Bolney Wine Estate is signposted off the A272, along Foxhole Lane (don’t take the turning to Bolney Village).
Shop Mon–Sat 9am–5pm. Café closed Mon. Tours run Fri, Sat & Sun – see website for dates.