Our Purpose is Our Passion
We have a very simple ambition: to create the most immersive wine tourism experience in England in a way that is sustainable and supports the growth and successes of the pioneers of English viticulture.
At our core we are English wine enthusiasts and local food lovers eager to share our love and knowledge of English wines and exceptional regional gastronomy of our beautiful corner of England.
These principles are at the heart of any Vine + Country experience. We’re proud of the rich fabric of heritage, tradition and abundant produce that our newly recognised world-class wine industry is now a major part of.
We’re committed to connecting you with the places and to encounter the people, who work in harmony with nature, embrace sustainable wine growing and who, of course, produce incredible wines.
A Vine + Country Experience is a lovely place to fall in love with life.
A WINE GLASS SHOULD NEVER BE FULL…OR EMPTY
More than a Wine Tour
Wine is so much more than a drink. It’s the reflection of history and vision and the fruit of a lot of hard work. Our experiences will lead you along the natural cycle of the grape to the heart of the Kent & Sussex countryside.
We hand craft each wine tour individually to you to provide a one-of-a-kind unique experience full of little touches and local secrets. We take care of everything from the driving to preparing your gourmet lunch among the vines so that you can sit back and relax as we take you a journey from grape to glass.
Led by us, your passionate local guides, we endeavour to share our enthusiasm and knowledge for the local English wine movement and our regional heritage. We will demonstrate how to pair your wines with our seasonally selected ingredients and share a much loved philosophy with you, “things that grow together go together.”
Bespoke is Back
During your enquiry we try to learn as much detail from you, our guests as possible in order to build an itinerary that will match you and your tastes in every way. In this way we are able to craft experiences that consistently delight and surprise.
That’s us, Jamie and Stephanie, the smiling, knowledgeable and proud team behind Vine + Country Tours, your drivers, your WSET wine guides, your trained chefs and your friends.
We decided that if we could combine our shared love and pride for the local area that together we could create something truly special – the next level for wine and food tourism – and in turn support our local wine producers and artisans.
Jamie worked as a chef for many years until in 2010 he graduated from Plymouth with an MSc in Geology, because that’s what curious minds do. Soon after he moved to Australia, working as a professional career geologist for an underground zinc and copper mine. During this time he continued to culture a love for food and wine where skill, passion and dedication are required. This in turn led to him returning home to Sussex to create a dream.
A life long passion for good food and drink, Stephanie has worked as a consultant for start-up restaurants and bars both sides of the pond, flying and living between London and New York for many years. Fortunately for Vine + Country, the energy of the city couldn’t keep her from returning to rural Sussex to recognise her own business dreams to bring together the best things in life – food, wine and country.
Stephanie and Jamie met in 2017 and hit it off sharing in each others enthusiasm and passion for food and drink and during the course of several evenings of wine tasting (that’s what we call it) began sharing ideas. After a few days of excitedly throwing ideas around they both realised what needed to be done. The rest of the story? Well that’s written above and perhaps you could help us to write the next chapter.
Jamie has completed his WSET level 3 in wines to complement his experience and local knowledge.
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