We’re committed to working with and supporting smaller artisans, single vineyards and family run estates where skill, passion and heart go hand in hand. We believe in these people, their visions and their products and that connecting you with them is the finest way to showcase the very best of local produce representative of this area.
In this way our tours are able to consistently provide guests with a real sense of time and place which leads to a deeper connection to the fantastic range of produce found around Sussex and Kent.
To that end we’re continually seeking partnerships with the right people and businesses to work alongside, showcase and to grow our vision.
A small independent vineyard owned and run by two enthusiastic wine lovers, keen to demonstrate the high quality English wine available and to help others appreciate the best of British.
Originally established as a successful award-winning vineyard in 1986 the site was converted in the 2000s. Fortunately in 2015 the pair took over and revived the former vineyard site, planting over 24,000 vines including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in order to begin producing high-quality sparkling styles. Having sampled the dynamic duos first still vintages we can say with certainty that the future is going to be excitingly delicious.
Meet Chris and David and share a glass of their exciting story whilst on board our Discovery Wine Tour!
Off The Line Vineyard is a unique boutique English wine producer owned by Kristina and Ann-Marie who’s shared passion for great wine and vision led them to setting up a vineyard and winery from scratch on a wonderful site in the Sussex Weald.
Lining the warm south facing slopes are a mix of only red grape varieties, something that is unique to an English vineyard and the focus is on the production of premium still rosé. The site was first planted in 2014 with Pinot noir, Regent, Dornfelder and Rondo and their early results have been artfully innovative and leave you thinking of warm summer afternoons on pic-nic blankets.
Prepared to be surprised and delighted by their wines during one of our Discovery Wine Tour.
The old adage ‘small and perfectly formed’ was probably written for Blackboys vineyard. Run by husband and wife team Anthony and Zena, Tickerage is a 24/7 family run affair secreted away in the Sussex Weald and surrounded by stunning woodland. Rows of vines run away from their garden terrace allowing the family to carry out all of the vineyard work personally. Dedication to quality fruit and attention to detail in the vineyard can be tasted in some truly special expressions of crisp-fresh, yet fruity English Sparkling wines.
Watch the sunset in warm company from their atmospheric decking after a hard days wine tasting on our Discovery Wine Tour.
Beacon Down is the dream come reality result of a 2012 ‘what if’ conversation, a relatively high altitude vineyard for England with arguably one of the most picturesque views in Sussex. Paul and Alice are the proud family team behind this young and promising vineyard. Maybe its the sandstone beneath the soil, or perhaps the vineyard aspect basked in sunshine but the results are stunning, you could almost believe you were tasting soft and delicious wines from whilst abroad in one of our warmer Southern neighbours.
Oxney Organic Estate is an award winning vineyard and winery in Beckley, East Sussex on what used to be a small island when our coastline looked a little different. They make organic still and sparkling wines using only their own grapes and have a very low intervention, natural winemaking ethos.
A sustainable and natural approach underpins the estate – from generating their own heat from coppiced wood chip through to a natural approach to disease control in the vineyard using wild herbs and plants.
Come and take in the vineyard and enjoy natural wines on their sun baked terrace or within their beautifully preserved ancient hop drying barn on our Sparkling Wine Tour.
Gusbourne create exceptional English sparkling wine in Appledore, Kent. Andrew Weeber took over the estate in 2004, and began a family business that has grown to deliver his vision: to create English sparkling wines that would stand up alongside the very finest offerings from across the globe.
Gusbourne have one foot in the old world, and one in the new. They love to embrace the traditional winemaking techniques, but are also opening new frontiers. All their wines are made to the highest standards, they are from a specific vintage, and use the traditional method.
In the vineyards, the grapes are hand-picked, parcel by parcel. The juice is fermented into base wines, which are carefully blended. Once bottled, the wines are cellared before beginning a period of prolonged ageing for a minimum of 36 months to add depth and complexity to the final wines.
Experience excellence whilst on one of our Sparkling Wine Tours.
Tillingham is set amongst 70 acres of rolling hills and woodlands with far reaching views along the Tillingham River valley and across to the fortified, hill top town of Rye, East Sussex, to the sea and the Romney salt marshes beyond.
Their mixed farm, which dates from the 13th century, is home to vineyards, fruit trees, ancient woodland and livestock. The recently renovated farmstead provides a place for visitors to stay and enjoy the produce of the farm and the local area.
The philosophy at Tillingham would be best summarised as progressive: incorporating what they know of the best scientific and technological knowledge available, whilst championing ancient traditions and best practice learnt from millennia of farming and winemaking.
Tillingham are committed to farming in a diverse, poly-cultural way, believing this not only a highly sustainable approach, but in conjunction with biodynamics, aims to restore soils to an optimum level of organic matter and microbial and wider ecological diversity.
Biddenden Vineyards, Kent’s original commercial vineyard, pride themselves on being a family run vineyard with the second and third generation of the Barnes family managing the estate.
Originally home to a 40 acre apple orchard, the Barnes family started to consider diversifying the farm in the late 1960s as apple prices began to decline. After listening to a feature on the BBC’s Woman’s Hour programme about English vineyards being replanted, Mrs. Barnes was inspired to turn to viticulture. In 1969, one third of an acre of vines was planted and Biddenden Vineyards was born.
Today their single estate vineyard spans 23 acres of gentle south facing slopes situated in a sheltered valley, just outside the picturesque Wealden village of Biddenden. 11 different grape varieties are grown here to produce an array of award-winning White, Rosé, Red and Sparkling English wines.
Very much a family affair, David and Linda started planting their 21 acre farm site with vines in 1971 and converted part of their farm buildings into the winery. Over the first six years, from 1971 to 1977, the initial 21 acres were gradually planted up with modern German varieties chosen for their ability to ripen in our cool climate. The majority of the grapes are white, but some Pinot Noir and German red varieties such as Dornfelder were also planted.
In the glorious summer of 1976 the vineyard produced its first commercial crop when their current winemaker, Alex, was then only 7 years old. From that date onwards they’ve been at the forefront of the English wine movement and as their experience ‘matured’, their wines started developing their now distinctive English character; crisp and aromatic, with delicate citrus, apple and pear notes. So it wasn’t long before they started winning a variety of prestigious awards.
Today the vineyard is still owned and operated by the same family, albeit it with a few fresh additions. In a period when new vineyards are being planted across the South East of England, they now find ourselves in the fairly unique position of using their experience to replant old vineyards, which is of course extremely exciting.
After more than 35 years of pioneering and award-winning organic wine production, Roy and Irma Cook have sold Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard and are embarking on the next chapter of their lives. The new owners, Sophie and Kieran Balmer are local to the area; having lived in Eastbourne since 2008.
As the UK’s oldest organic wine estate, Sedlescombe, established in 1979, naturally has a rich heritage and comprises 22 acres of organically certified vineyards. An independent business established in 1979 by Roy Cook producing 30,000 bottles of ‘Estate Bottled’ English wine annually.
The extensive award winning range comprises whites, rose, red and sparkling wines – all certified either organic or biodynamic and suitable for both Vegetarians and vegans.
A family business established in 2009, Woodchurch Estate in Kent produces exceptional English sparkling wine.
The vineyard is situated on the edge of the picturesque village of Woodchurch in Kent – the garden of England. Set on hills looking south over the ancient Romney marsh down to the English channel, our land has the perfect geography and climate to produce the highest quality grapes and the finest English sparkling wine. Our wines are carefully hand-crafted to express the characteristics of each individual season.
At Woodchurch our vision is to create the world’s finest sparkling wines. Every step of the vine growing and wine making process is approached with a meticulous attention to detail. Throughout the year the vines are managed by hand and treated with great care which in turn means the fruit harvested is of the highest quality. Our wine is made in a state of the art winery by one of the UK’s leading winemakers whose philosophy of minimal intervention and diligent approach to wine-making result in superb wines.
Nightingale Cider is the product of a lifelong love affair with all things liquid apple. Brothers Sam and Tim Nightingale live to create awesome craft ciders; made from fruit grown by their dad and hand-picked, in its prime, from their own orchards.
Their family has been fruit farming in Kent for 70 years and three generations. Their grandparents started the family fruit farming business in 1948 and their dad Peter, bought Gibbet Oak Farm in Tenterden in 1984. The boys grew up in the orchards, first playing (and eating) and later helping – to earn pocket money. Today they’re proud to help run the family business.
Although they went off to University and other jobs, their best memories were always of long days spent working outdoors and foraging for wild food, and evenings experimenting with juices and home brews. So you could say that Kentish cider runs in their blood.
The Nightingale Cider Co started as a hobby with a friend, under the name Gibbet Oak Cider, selling to local events. 2013 was a big year, when they released their first bottled ciders. People loved them, and wanted more, so in 2015 Sam swapped his job in sound recording for muddy boots and overalls, and returned to the farm to re-join Tim, and concentrate on doing what he loved.
Every drop of Nightingale Cider is the real thing. Proper fine Kentish cider; the golden bounty of the Garden of England.
Battle Brewery is a micro brewery with onsite taproom and bottle shop, located at the heart of 1066 country in Battle, East Sussex. Starting up in 2017, they now supply local pubs, cafes, and shops with a range of flavourful and skilful cask and bottled craft beers.
Their philosophy is simple really, the team at Battle Brewery enjoy producing small batches of distinctly flavoursome craft beers and ales using the finest ingredients and taking their inspiration from the beautiful surroundings and heritage of the 1066 country.
As one of the only dedicated beer stores in East Sussex, their new bottle shop brings a good selection of guest beers & ciders including the best the South East has to offer, plus world beating craft beers from the UK and beyond.
A micro brewery nestled deep in the “Garden of England” in an area of Kent known as The Weald, their home is just off the high street of the picturesque town of Tenterden, the “Jewel of the Weald”.
The brewery enjoys a vista of rolling hills and stunning views, and is located right next to the old-time romance of the Kent and East Sussex steam railway. Their tank room consists of two WWII Nissen huts which were once used as food stores and serviced by the steam railway next door.
Given this inspirational, yet relaxed working environment, it’s no surprise that their brewers are more creative than most, brewing everything from their range of national award winning traditional English beers and ales through to modern artisan and speciality beers.
They have a core range of traditional beers that have had regular success in local and national beer competitions and also have a long list of seasonal and occasional brews that populate the calendar, with the odd speciality beer thrown in for good measure.
The Three Legs are a Small batch craft beer brewery located in Broad Oak in the heart of Sussex. Don’t let their size fool you however as what these guys are creating will get your taste buds singing. Casks to kegs and ciders to wines you’ll be spoilt by their range.
They have a taproom inside their brewery tank room where you can sample the range, drink in or take away in a reusable flagon or in bottle or can. Cheese and local charcuterie available for bar snacks. Everybody is welcome at the Three Legs!
Bignose and Beardy are Phil Day and Steve Stark . The Cidery is named after their most prominent features, although as they age baldy and baldy and might be more appropriate. Both work full time so cider is an out of control hobby. Being outdoors, picking fruit with friends, the mechanical process of getting the juice, sunshine and the joy of making a thing are the reasons we do it. Plus it tastes good. Neither has any relevant experience or much competence and really the best thing you can say about their approach to cider making is that it’s enthusiastic. After all there is only one thing better than getting to the top of the mountain, and that’s getting there have been lost on the way. If it wasn’t fun they wouldn’t do it.
Traditional real cider made with enthusiasm. It’s flat, it’s still, it’s unfiltered, it’s slow fermented in small batches. We never know what we are going to get and we celebrate each batch as a unique moment, those apples, that orchard, that mix of fruit from that season. All our apples come from local gardens and orchards from villages around Framfield in East Sussex.
Matt Eldridge is the force behind Battle Organic Cider, his ciders are made from 100% organic apple juice, sourced from within 5 miles of Battle. Fermented and matured in oak barrels. Made in Battle, East Sussex.
Interested in becoming a Partner?
Do you want to become a part of the Vine + Country Project?
We’re always seeking partnerships with the right people and businesses to work alongside and support through our tourism initiatives. If you are a boutique producer of wines/spirits/brews/cider/cheese/charcuterie/chocolate/honey etc… own a wonderful B&B or hotel or maybe a local restaurant/wine bar etc… and like the sound of what we’re up to and share our vision, then please hit us up! We would love to chat with you.