Vineyard at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, West Sussex

Vineyard at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, West Sussex

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Being the UK's sunniest region and blessed with chalk soil similar to that of the Champagne region of France, it's no surprise that South East England is known as the Wine Capital of the UK!  Home to over 140+ vineyards across the destination, you won't have to go far to explore one.  Discover jaw dropping landscapes, deliciously refreshing English wines, informative tours, tasty lunches, and even the chance to stay the night, and wake up to the view of the vines. 

Where are the vineyards in South East England

Vineyards thrive in every county in South East England and their numbers are continuously increasing. The chalk-rich soil, gentle sloping countryside and abundant sunshine make the destination a prime spot for wine production. Sussex, Kent and Hampshire boast the highest concentration. South East vineyards come in all shapes and sizes, some welcome visitors for tastings and tours, whilst others offer accommodation, others focus solely on production, selling through the cellar door or organised outlets. Taste your way around the destination and uncover the top wine producers in UK who craft some of finest award-winning English wines the UK currently has to offer.

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Vineyards near me

Take a look and discover some of the best vineyards in the UK. From some of the newest vineyards to the largest in the South East, from Sabrage demonstrations to vineyard picnics, you'll find a whole host of different ways to enjoy a visit this summer.  

>Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, Horsham, West Sussex
A new Sussex vineyard, located inside the Grade I listed ornamental garden. 37 acres of vines where planted in 2017/2018, the first harvest was in 2020, they are due to release their first sparkling wine in 2024.

>Painshill, Cobham, Surrey
This Surrey vineyard was re-planted in the1990's on the site of an historic vineyard, it is now producing an annual harvest which is sold exclusively within their shop and online.

>Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey
Set in the heart of the Surrey countryside, the vineyard runs an extensive event calendar with regular wine tasting experiences, it has its own vineyard hotel in a breath-taking location amongst the vines.

>Bolney Wine Estate, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Located on the edge of the stunning South Downs and offering tasty Sussex Cheese and wine tasting tours and wonderful wine gift sets. It is also home to the stunning Eighteen Acre Café with its viewing balcony overlooking the ripening vines.

>Chapel Down Winery, Tenterden, Kent
This Kent vineyard is the largest in the South East, they are the official wine supplier to 10 Downing Street and English Cricket.  The Swan Wine Kitchen serves exquistie locally and regionally-sourced produce and the brand new elevated terrace provides a fantastic outdoor dining experience amidst the sunshine and beautiful landscape. 

Denbies Vineyard Hotel

Gorgeous Vineyard Hotels

If you want to stay overlooking the vines then head to Denbies Vineyard Hotel in Dorking, Surrey, Stanlake Wine Estate in Twyford, Berkshire, or to Wiston Estate in Pulborough, West Sussex where you can book a stay in the brand new Pump House from July. Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate, in Horsham, is the perfect collaboration of wine and golf. There first wine release from its 30 acres will also come next year (2024), currently wine tasting is from its sister vineyard in South Africa.

If you are looking for ultimate wine experience, then try The Vineyard Newbury, its a wine lovers dream. With rooms called Atrium, California, Oakville and Calistoga Suites after iconic wine from around the world, to a cellar that holds 30,000 new and old world wines and a 90+ page wine list to choose from what's not to make you happy!  With a gorgeous spa and gourmet restaurant to complete the package, an escape to The Vineyard Hotel, Stockcross is the complete bubble.

Other accommodation options with wonderful wine experiences include the The Grand, Brighton which serves fantastic English wine flights in the Victorian Bar and Lounge,The Five Arrow in Aylesbury, part of the Waddesdon Manor with its historic wine cellars and Rothschild wine tasting experiences. Leonardslee House which is set in the heart of the Grade I listed gardens with access to the vineyard for wine tours, with tastings from their vineyard at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, South Africa.  Whilst The Goudhurst Inn is owned and managed by Balfour Winery and is located a short drive from the vineyard.  

English Wine Week 

For wine connoisseurs a must-visit time is during the English Wine Week, happening from the 15th - 23rd June 2024.  The week draws visitors from near and far with its themed events and enticing special offers.  Another thrilling time to visit is The harvest season, August to October with certain vineyards offering the offering to participate firsthand. 

If you love wine of all types, you can enjoy our latest blog to discover vineyards and some unique places in the South East to try wine. 

Wine Tasting Experiences in South East England

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Use the Map View button to find a whole host of wine tasting events including the option to enjoy wine tasting at home, wine tasting courses and Sussex vineyards tours.  Plus no matter where you are staying in the South East, you can use this tool to find the local vineyard and wineries near to you. 

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  1. Wiston Estate Winery

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    PULBOROUGH

    Awarded Winery of the Year 2018, the beautiful family-run Wiston Estate offers Wine Tours by appointment from their vineyard nestled in the heart of the rolling South Downs in West Sussex. Each tour concludes with a guided tasting of their English…

  2. Opera & Wine Tasting

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    Music

    Tenterden

    Join us for a unique evening of wine tasting perfectly pitched with Opera.

    Enjoy a tasting of our award-winning wines in the Wine Sanctuary whilst regaling in classical songs about drinking, harvest and wine, from the likes of Gershwin, Händel,…

  3. WSET Level 1 Award in Wine Stanlake Park

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    Special Events

    Reading

    The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 Award in Wine (formerly known as the Foundation Certificate) is an ideal starting point for anyone who is considering embarking on a professional career in the drinks industry or those with no…

  4. Sunday Roasts at The Rows & Vine

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    Fragbarrow Lane, Ditchling Common

    Live life in full flavour at The Rows & Vine, converted into a unique winter dining space by our Chardonnay vineyard. It's the perfect spot to sip, savour and celebrate.

    We are now serving seasonal Sunday Roasts alongside our small plates menu.…

  5. UK Electric Bike Centre, Vineyard tours on an electric bike

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    Sightseeing

    ASHFORD

    UK Electric Bike Tours run scheduled and bespoke electric bike tours in and around Kent. We also hire out electric bikes and help to advise you where to go and what to see.

  6. A Taste of Chapel Down

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    Tenterden

    An introduction to Chapel Down with a tutored tasting of a selection of our award-winning wines. Your host will give you the background and history of Chapel Down and will then advise you on how to taste wine and lead you through a selection of 5…

  7. Thames Valley Food and Wine Festival

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    Festival

    Shillingford Road, Wallingford

    Food and Drink Festival featuring Local Producers from the Thames Valley region. Live music and relaxed seating in a beautiful vineyard setting. Lots to taste with several wine producers. Also featuring 'The Big Welly Wang'; come have a hoot and…

  8. Leonardslee Gardens

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    Countryside, Parks & Gardens

    Horsham

    One of the finest gardens in Britain, Leonardslee will reopen to the public in March 2018. The Grade 2 listed Italianate style ropery will house dining facilities and become a local attraction for wedding groups and events.

  9. Last of the Summer Wine

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    Marlow

    Join us for an indulgent evening of food and wine pairing.

    The evening starts with reception drinks and canapés followed by an exquisite four-course dinner with matching wines to delight the eye and excite the palate.
    Friday 15th September
    £99.00…

  10. Stanlake Park Wine Estate

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    Vineyard

    Twyford

    English wine made by passionate professionals. A luxury for everyday life.

    Since 1979, Stanlake Park Wine Estate in Berkshire combines passion and expertise to produce a wide range of English wines that suits everyone’s needs, including white,…

  11. Denbies One Day Wine Enthusiast Workshop

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    Dorking

    What better location to learn and appreciate the world of wine than Denbies Wine Estate, England's largest vineyard. Denbies One Day Wine Enthusiast Workshop will cover all aspects of wine tasting and appreciation, grapes varieties and wine regions…

  12. Posh VS Plonk!

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    Reading

    How much should I spend on wine? Are more expensive wines better? Can you really taste the difference between a cheaper and more expensive bottle?

    These are questions we get asked a lot so it's time to find out!

    Join us on this fun evening when…

  13. Summer Cocktail Evening

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    Food

    Tonbridge

    Summer Cocktail Evening
    FRIDAY 18TH AUGUST 2023 | £25PP

    7.30pm – 10.30pm

    Celebrate the summer with an elegant Summer Cocktail Evening on the evening of Friday 18th of August.

    We welcome you to enjoy this year's uniquely crafted cocktails whilst…

  14. Ridgefest

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    Ditchling Common, Ditchling

    Set amongst the vines with panoramic views of the beautiful Sussex countryside and South Downs beyond, this unique location offers you the perfect backdrop to a day of live music with HEADLINE ACT'S PROK FITCH & NO LIMIT STREET BAND, sumptuous…

  15. The Chapel Down Winery

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    Vineyard

    Tenterden

    Chapel Down is England’s leading wine producer with an award-winning range of sparkling and still wines. Based in Kent, in the heart of the Garden of England, we produce wines of the highest quality and which we believe offer the best expression of…

  16. Summer Dining Club Music Sessions

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    Tonbridge

    oin us at our Balfour Dining Club to enjoy an evening of live music and our delicious seasonal menu for July.

    These intimate performances from our favourite musicians will complement your evening of exceptional food and Balfour wines.

    Arrive at 7…

  17. Seasonal Wine & Dine Evening

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    Mannings Heath, Horsham, Horsham

    Welcome to the season of indulgence at Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate.

    Taste wholesome, locally sourced dishes paired with award-winning Benguela Cove wines to satisfy your palate and elevate your senses.

    £55 Per Person - Includes 5 Wines…

  18. Denbies Food & Wine Matching Experience

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    Food

    Dorking

    Pair your visit to Denbies with an artisanal experience at Denbies Vineyard restaurant and hotel. Away from the activity of the main winery, the hotel is in the heart of the vineyard with sweeping views across the avenues of vines. The Vineyard…

  19. Friday Night Supper Club - The BBQ Project

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    Food

    Albourne

    Joining us for the very first time at Friday Night Supper Club are The BBQ Project. Bringing their innovative style of bbq cooking using only fresh and local ingredients served from JOAN, their lovingly restored vintage Citroen van, The BBQ Project…

  20. Balfour Dining Club Music Sessions

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    Food

    Staplehurst

    Head to Balfour Dining Club to enjoy an evening of live music and delicious seasonal dining.

    These intimate performances from some great musicians will complement your evening of exceptional food, and Balfour wines.