Discover an unbelievably rich tapestry of wildlife, landscapes, and tranquility — rolling hills, medieval villages, and gorgeous coastline. Vineyards are an increasingly common (and pleasant) sight on the south-facing slopes of the South Downs.
The Romans were the first to bring the grapevine to England’s shores. Of course, it hasn’t been plain sailing for the British wine industry, and we’re almost certain that England isn’t the first country you think of when someone says "fine wine". For a very long time, English wines were homemade, and confined largely to the stalls of village fétes.
By contrast, the English wine scene of today is an exciting emerging area of the wine world, producing award-winning sparkling wines. Unsurprising really, when you realise that the South Downs’ chalk-rich soil is almost identical to that found in Champagne.
On this exclusive tour, we visit some of the stars of the English wine renaissance, including the Bolney Estate, Gusborne, and Hush Heath.
Superb sparkling wines with strong mineral character are the main event here; but still whites and reds are also produced, although in comparatively small quantities. All are served alongside the sumptuous beauty of the South Downs, an endlessly inspiring corner of the English countryside.
A great next tour for those who have completed one of our Champagne weekends, or anyone who wants to experience the English wine revolution first-hand.
- Become acquainted with one of the fastest-growing wine industries in the world, and explore two of its finest regions
- Enjoy all the pleasures of continental living in the English countryside — excellent food, from gastropub fare to Michelin-starred suppers; feather-light wines, from Pinot Gris to Chardonnay; and picturesque landscapes
- Meet some of the stars of the English wine renaissance on trips to wineries both established and up-and-coming
From the internationally successful wines of Gusbourne to the sparkling depths of award-winning Balfour Brut Rosé, we’re here to show you that English wine truly can be something special. Our tour begins at the pioneering Bolney Estate, which was recently awarded Gold Outstanding for its Blanc de Blancs Magnum.