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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 the Wine Capital of the UK! With many of our award winning vineyards offering 'tours and tasting experiences', the chance to enjoy lunch served with tasty English wine overlooking the vines and even stay the night and wake up to the rolling English countryside. 

Top ten vineyards in South East England

Known as the 'Wine Capital of the UK' a day out or holiday in the South East is not complete without taking time to visit one of many vineyards that litter the countryside.  Whether you choose just to explore the beautiful grounds of one of the many estates, with a wander around the vines, experience a tour, enjoy lunch or even stay overnight there are a wealth of opportunties available.

With new commercial vineyards opening up all the time, South East England is fast becoming a mecca for English sparkling wines with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs granting protected regional status for Sussex sparkling wine. A panel of experts even favoured wine produced by Vineyards from Sussex above champagne in blind taste tests, furthering the county's reputation for the best wineries in England.

With over 140 vineyards to choose from across the South East from large commerical vineyards or small intimate estates, you can enjoy wine tasting and sight seeing tours and even stay within the vines and enjoy luxury accommodation and fine dining to make that special short break or celebration weekend.  Visit the many online shops and have English wine delievered to your door, for that special dinner party or get together with friends.

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Ridgeview Wine Estate, West Sussex, have revealed their exciting plans for 2022 to develop their onsite hospitality, offering visitors a total wine experience from vine to glass. Due to open late Summer, the new all-weather, outdoor venue will take pride of place alongside Ridgeview’s Chardonnay vineyard with glorious views across the South Downs National Park offering wine tastings, on-site dining, tours and retail.

The 265-acre Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey, is one of the biggest vineyards in England. It has many award-winning wines and an excellent visitor centre and shop, art exhibitions, restaurants and tours.  It also has a Vineyard Hotel with 17 rooms on site, along with a vineyard resturant and bar area.

Newer vineyards are popping up all the time across the South East.  Painshill Park, Surrey re-planted their vineyard in the1990's and is now producing an annual harvest which is sold within their shop.  Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, Horsham has completed is first harvest but its first wines are due for release in 2023. Mannings Heath Wine Estate, West Sussex offers the perfect collaboration of wine and golf, with 27 holes of golf and tutored wine tasting experiences, its first wine release from its 30 acres will also come in 2023.

If you fancy yourself as a real wine connoisseur try to visit the South East during the English Wine Week, which takes place from the 18th - 26th June 22  and attracts visitors from far and wide to a multitude of themed events and special offers.   The harvest season, August to October is also an exciting time to visit with some vineyards offering the chance to have a go.

We love our prized vineyards in South East England, especially as many of the best wineries are here in Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire, so there's no need to rush overseas to experience fine wines!  Keep up with latest news from around the South East vineyards with SE Vineyard Twitter News

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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. Rathfinny Wine Estate

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    Polegate

    Rathfinny Wine Estate was established in 2010 near Alfriston in the South Downs of Sussex, one of England’s exceptional natural landscapes, with the express intention of producing some of the world’s best sparkling wine.

    Access to the Estate is by

  3. Ridgeview Wine Estate

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    Ditchling, Hassocks

    Ridgeview was established in 1995 and is renowned as a pioneer in emerging English sparkling wine industry. We offer tours, tastings and corporate hire at our state of the art winery, which overlooks the South Downs National Park.

  4. Denbies Wine Estate

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    Dorking

    Established in 1986, Denbies Wine Estate is England’s largest single estate vineyard with 265 acres of vines.

  5. Brightwell Vineyard

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    WALLINGFORD

    Brightwell Vineyard was first planted in the late 1980's and acquired by its present owners in 2000. It covers 16 acres and grows 8 varieties of grape including Bacchus, Chardonnay, Huxelrebe, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir.

  6. Stanlake Park Wine Estate

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    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,…

  7. Bolney Wine Estate

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    Bolney, Haywards Heath

    Find out why Sussex sparkling wine has been beating champagne in blind taste tests. Bolney Wine Estate carries a tradition brought to Britain nearly 2,000 years ago.

  8. Balfour Winery

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    Tonbridge

    Tours at Hush Heath take guests through the magical countryside of the Garden of England, the vineyards, ancient oak woodlands, apple orchards and meadows of our 400 acre family estate.

  9. Mannings Heath Wine Estate

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    Horsham

    With the collaboration of wine and golf, we are aiming to attract visitors for wine visiting, fine food experiences, with a challenging experience for golfers.

  10. The Chapel Down Winery

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    Tenterden

    The best wines in England available in the shop plus excellent local and regional produce. Guided tours during summer, wine tasting and bistro.

  11. Albourne Estate Vineyard

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    Albourne

    Situated just 8 miles from Brighton, this boutique single estate vineyard produces world-class still and sparkling English wines in a truly exceptional setting overlooking the South Downs National Park.

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