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English winery experiences & tours

Brilliant English wineries are not rare anymore. Here are some of the best, just a stone's throw from London. Book your tours in real-time, or use our itinerary planner to help plan, create, and book your ultimate wine tourism experience. 

PRIVATE Cellar Door Tasting Masterclass - SUKH
£35
Discover our world class, award winning wines – led by one of our knowledgeable Balfour Ambassador's, immerse yourself in a tutored tasting of six Balfour wines, Jake’s beers or ciders.   Learn the true technique of how to taste and enjoy wine in a relaxed and fun environment without the bravado.  Our Cellar Door offers beautiful views across the Estate and vineyards, a perfect way to spend an hour tasting our Balfour wines.
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Cellar Door Tasting Masterclass
£25
Discover our world class, award winning wines – led by one of our knowledgeable Balfour Ambassador's, immerse yourself in a tutored tasting of six Balfour wines, Jake’s beers or ciders.   Learn the true technique of how to taste and enjoy wine in a relaxed and fun environment without the bravado.  Our Cellar Door offers beautiful views across the Estate and vineyards, a perfect way to spend an hour tasting our Balfour wines.  
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Balfour Art and Wine Tour
£35
The relationship between wine and art is a fascinatingly intricate one and producing a portfolio of award-winning wines is an artform in itself.   The importance of art and the inspiration we can take from it is reflected within our wonderful tasting room “The View” and throughout the grounds of the Estate, where we are incredibly lucky to have a selection of beautiful pieces of art and sculpture from Richard and Leslie Balfour-Lynn’s own private collection on display.   Join one of our knowledgeable Balfour Ambassadors who will guide you around our Cellar Door where you will learn the story behind our most significant pieces of artwork and sculpture, whilst enjoying a glass of Balfour Brut Rosé.   This will be followed by a tutored tasting, upstairs on our private mezzanine, of 3 Balfour wines, Jake’s beers or ciders.
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Full Estate Tour and Tasting
£45
For a truly memorable Balfour experience, join one of our knowledge Balfour Ambassadors and discover how Hush Heath Estate transitioned from a traditional pasture of arable land to beautifully maintained vineyards, orchards and ancient oak woodlands. Learn about the history of the Estate and the secrets of English viticulture whilst exploring our 400-acre Estate.    This walk will take around an hour and upon your return, you will be shown to our private Mezzanine level in the tasting room where you will be immersed into the world of winemaking as our Head Winemaker, Fergus Elias, talks you through the process of grape to glass in our short film (Mon-Wed) .    On a Saturday or Sunday the Full Estate Tour and Tasting will visit our state-of-the-art winery where you will be guided around our incredible facility showing winemaking and production techniques used for our still and sparkling wines.    This will be followed by a tutored tasting of 3 Balfour wines, Jake’s beers or ciders.
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Balfour Wine and Dine Experience
£175
Indulge in the ultimate Balfour experience.   Your day begins with a private transfer from Marden train station (if required). Looked after for the day by one of our Balfour Ambassadors who will be your personal guide during your visit.   Upon arrival at the winery, enjoy a glass of our Signature Balfour Brut Rosé on our upstairs terrace overlooking Nannette’s vineyard.   Our Balfour Ambassador will show you hidden areas of the Estate not available on other tours and provide you with an in-depth insight into our viticulture practices, our woodland and wildflower conservation programme and the wonderful wildlife and nature that live on our 400-acre Estate, creating our own ecosystem with vast biodiversity.   After the tour you will visit our state-of-the-art Winery where you will be given a comprehensive overview of the winemaking and production techniques used for our still and sparkling wines. This will be followed by a tutored tasting, in our owner’s private tasting room, of 6 Balfour wines including new release and limited-edition wines.   Following your tutored tasting, relax and enjoy a delicious, seasonal three course lunch expertly prepared by our resident chef. Each course will be paired with a glass of wine specially selected by our Head Winemaker, Fergus Elias.   At the end of your afternoon, a private transfer will take you back to Marden train station.   Please note children under 10 are not permitted to join the expereince and only visitors over the age of 18 will be able to taste the wine, beer or cider available.
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Private Guided Tour
£40
Join us at Biddenden, Kent's orignal vineyard where we have 3 generations of expertise spanning over 50 years, to learn more about the story of our family run vineyard and taste our award-winning selection of English wines. Our private guided tours are for small groups of up to 6 people, offering you an in depth insight into Biddenden Vineyards’ history and winemaking. Your own personal guide will escort you around the vineyard and winery explaining the processes and any specific areas of interest you may have. Your guide will then accompany you through a tasting of four selected Biddenden wines. Please consider the British weather conditions when you visit and bring suitable footwear, like wellies, that can be changed into for walking around the vineyard.
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Wine Tasting Experience
£10
We are delighted to welcome you to Simpsons' Wine Estate for a succinct and sumptuous Tasting Experience. Upon arrival, we look forward to greeting you at our registration point located outside the winery building. You will be guided through a very special tasting of wines from Simpsons' Wine Estate in our elegant Glass House Tasting Room, offering a wonderful vantage point overlooking our world-class winery. Our exquisite English still and sparkling wines will be available to purchase after the event via our Cellar Door.    **Due to the current UK Government guidelines, we have carefully adapted our Tasting Experiences. Please note that we will use your booking details for our Track and Trace register.  Please read our guidelines for what to expect for the experience here. Do not hesitate to contact 01227 832200 or [email protected] for any further details or to postpone your booking should you experience Covid19 symptoms in the two weeks prior to your booked event. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.** The Glass House Tasting Room is situated up two flights of stairs. Please do contact our Events Team to discuss any accessibility arrangements prior to your visit.  We advise all our guests to drink sensibly and consider means of transport when attending our events. This event is for over 18's only.
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Sunset Sessions
£35
As we look towards the long, hazy summer evenings, we invite you to join a Sunset Session tour and tasting experience. The experience will begin with a walk to the idyllic and iconic Roman Road Vineyard, where you will learn about how the vines are grown and harvested whilst luxuriating in a glass of one of our sumptuous sparkling wines (Great British weather permitting!). Returning to the state-of-the-art winery, you will be guided through the art of still wine and Classic Method winemaking. After this, you will enjoy a delicious tasting of Simpsons’ current release wines in the comfort of The Glass House Tasting Room. In addition, Macknade, the South East’s leading food hall in Faversham and Ashford, will be providing a delectable platter of locally-sourced cheese and charcuterie to pair wonderfully with our award-winning wines. The evening will finish with a flourish, with a trip down our helter-skelter!    **The event details listed above may be subject to change to meet the UK Government guidelines in place at the time of the event. We will be in touch nearer to the time of your booking should any further details or amendments be required.  Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please note that we will use your booking details for our Track and Trace register. Do not hesitate to contact 01227 832200 or [email protected] for any further details or to postpone your booking should you experience Covid19 symptoms in the two weeks prior to your booked event. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.** Please be aware that The Glass House Tasting Room is situated up 2 flights of stairs. We advise all our guests to drink sensibly and consider means of transport when attending our events. We regret that no parking is available to guests overnight. This event is for over 18’s only.
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Vineyard and Winery Tour and Tasting Experience (Weekends)
£25
Join a fascinating tour of Simpsons' Wine Estate, situated in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Your visit will begin with a walking tour of the idyllic and iconic Roman Road vineyard, where you will learn more about how the vines are planted, trained, nurtured and harvested. You will then return to the state-of-the-art winery, where you will be guided through the art of our award-winning still and Classic Method winemaking. Your tour will culminate in a very special tasting of wines from Simpsons' Wine Estate in the airy and atmospheric Press Hall. Our exquisite English still and sparkling wines will be available to purchase after the event via our Cellar Door.    **Due to the current UK Government guidelines, we have carefully adapted our Vineyard and Winery Tour and Tasting experiences. Please note that we will use your booking details for our Track and Trace register.  Do not hesitate to contact 01227 832200 or [email protected] for any further details or to postpone your booking should you experience Covid19 symptoms in the two weeks prior to your booked event. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.** We advise all our guests to drink sensibly and consider means of transport when attending our events. This event is for over 18's only.
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A Taste of Squerryes
£28
Join us over the growing season and enjoy a tour of our vineyard and learn about the 300 year old Squerryes Estate, the fascinating history of the spirit of our house, and the story of how a disagreement with a French Champagne House led to the Warde family planting vines on the North downs at the Gateway to the Garden of England. ‍Begin the tour by walking the vines with one of the Squerryes team and learn about what grapes we grow, why we grow them, and what makes our North Downs terroir so special. This will be followed by a tutored tasting of 3 wines from our portfolio in our exclusive Cork Room where you will learn about how the wine is made and how and why each one is unique. Your tasting will include our current Brut release, our exclusive Rosé and our Blanc de Blancs.
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Deluxe Wine Experience
£120
A truly memorable day out at England’s leading winery including a guided tour, tutored wine tasting and three-course lunch. The Chapel Down Deluxe Wine Experience includes a glass of Chapel Down sparkling wine on arrival before a three-course set lunch at the two AA Rosette and Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Swan Restaurant. Each guest will be served half a bottle of Chapel Down wine to enjoy with their meal. After a leisurely lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the vineyards and winery followed by a tutored wine tasting of an extended range of Chapel Down sparkling and still wines. Each guest will then receive an exclusive gift bag to take home. SPARKLING RECEPTION Arrive at 12.30pm for a glass of Chapel Down sparkling wine. THREE-COURSE LUNCH A three-course set lunch with half a bottle of Chapel Down wine at The Swan Restaurant. VISIT THE VINEYARDS Learn about the vineyard cycle and our viticulture practices. VISIT THE WINERY A behind-the-scenes tour of the winery where you will learn about winemaking and the intricate method of sparkling wine production. WINE TASTING A tutored tasting of an extended range of Chapel Down sparkling and still wines. A GIFT TO TAKE HOME A complimentary Deluxe Experience gift bag to take home.
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Standard Vineyard Tour & Tasting
£20
Guided tours include a 60 minute tour of the vineyard and winery, followed by a tutored tasting of 6/7 of our award winning sparkling and still wines. Arrive at the Chapel Down Wine and Fine Food Store, Tenterden, Kent 15 minutes prior to you tour and check in with a member of staff at the till point. Meet your guide at the guided tour assembly point at the back of the shop where your host will take you around the vineyard and winery. The tour culminates with a tutored tasting of 6/7 of our award winning still and sparkling wines. After the tasting, feel free to browse the lovely shop or take a look in our herb garden.  Notes for customers taking a vineyard tour and tasting: Please wear comfortable/suitable shoes  No dogs allowed on the guided tour or in the shop but are allowed around the vineyard on a lead No wine glasses on the tour Due to our health and safety regulations, high visibility vests must be worn at all times whilst on the tour. These vests will be provided by the tour guide.  The tour goes ahead in all weathers (rain or shine!) Soft drinks will be provided if preferred and for visitors under the age of 18.  Children are welcome on our guided tours and tastings but please note the experience is very in depth so please bring something to keep them entertained! If you require further information, please call the Retail Team on 01580 766111 or email [email protected]
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Cheese & Wine Experience
£50
Enjoy a tutored wine tasting paired with local English cheeses in our stunning Wine Sanctuary. An exclusive afternoon learning how to professionally taste wine with one of our wine experts before enjoying a tutored tasting of Chapel Down wines, each paired with a different local English cheese. The Cheese & Wine Experience also includes a guided tour of the vineyards and winery, as well a glass of Chapel Down sparkling wine to enjoy at the end of your visit in the Wine Sanctuary overlooking the vines. Guests will receive a £10.00 gift voucher to redeem against purchases in the Chapel Down Winery Shop. ARRIVAL Arrive at the Winery Shop at 1.45pm and present your voucher. VISIT THE VINEYARDS Learn about the vineyard cycle and our viticulture practices. VISIT THE WINERY A behind-the-scenes tour of the winery where you will learn about winemaking and the intricate method of sparkling wine production. CHEESE & WINE TASTING Enjoy a tutored wine tasting of our award winning wines each paired with local English cheeses. RELAX WITH A GLASS OF SOMETHING SPECIAL Complete your afternoon with a glass of Chapel Down sparkling wine. VISIT THE SHOP Receive a £10.00 voucher to redeem in our Winery Shop.
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Vineyard Tour
£25
A two-hour hosted tour in which you’ll find out what makes our corner of England so special for winemaking. Enjoy a guided walk in the vines, a tour of the winery and a tutored wine tasting in our tasting room.   Our hosted Vineyard, Discovery and Estate tours involve visiting our working winery and wine tasting, so are not suitable for children.
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Discovery Tour
£75
Arrive at 11am for a hosted tour of the vineyards and winery, followed by a tutored tasting in the Nest, including some special wines that don’t feature in our standard hosted tour. We will then serve seasonal sharing platters, designed to complement the wines. We expect to be finished at 3pm.   Our hosted Vineyard, Discovery and Estate tours involve visiting our working winery and wine tasting, so are not suitable for children.
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Estate Tour
£95
Join our Estate Tour and spend an afternoon unwinding in the countryside, tasting our wines over a leisurely lunch. Your day will begin with welcome drinks, before embarking on an extended tour of the estate and vineyards. You will then enjoy a wine tasting in our picturesque tasting room overlooking the vines, including some exclusive rare release and limited-edition wines, paired with a seasonal three-course lunch.   Our hosted Vineyard, Discovery and Estate tours involve visiting our working winery and wine tasting, so are not suitable for children.
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Oastbrook Estate Vineyard Tours
£25
Small groups can be accommodated on a private tour of the vines to help grow your interest in the ever expanding English wine scene.  The vineyard tours will also explain the establishment of the vineyard and our future plans.  We will finish, of course, with a wine tasting to try out the fruits of our labours.
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