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Sussex Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour

In the heart of rural Sussex, amongst the rolling green landscape, lies one of England’s oldest and most beautiful vineyards. Across eighteen acres of lush land, rows upon rows of vines slope down south-facing hills, abundant with a variety of grapes that will go on to create the highest quality English wines. This is Bolney Wine Estate.

 

Five decades ago, the parents of our Chairperson, Sam Linter, who is now Wine GB Director, planted the first vines in what has grown to be a sweeping estate that flies the flag for English Wine across the world. Endorsed with a string of awards by our peers throughout the industry, our wide-ranging portfolio of the finest still and sparkling English wines is pioneering and is ready for your sampling.

 

With our Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour, you have the chance to discover the beauty of Bolney on a guided tasting experience through our exquisite Sussex vineyard and state-of-the-art winery. You’ll get the chance to try five of our award-winning wines presented with a carefully curated food matching plate.

 

And why not top it all off with a spot of lunch in our Eighteen Acre Café? Here, you can dine on the freshest, locally-sourced produce with a far-reaching view of the ripening vines below.

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The Bolney Cheese and Wine Tasting Experience

Your tour is a one-and-a-half-hour experience with a dedicated Bolney expert as your guide, taking you through the captivating journey of vine to wine.

 

Discover:

 

  • A fascinating introduction to the history of English wine and how we craft our award-winning still and sparkling English wines.
  • The chance to walk amongst the verdant vines of our picturesque eighteen-acre vineyard.
  • An exclusive look inside our state-of-the-art winery where all of the winemaking mastery takes place.
  • A tutored tasting of five of our finest wines, individually paired with a sumptuous food matching plate and even a sample of Bolney Estate Gin.

 

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Your Bolney Wine and Cheese Tour Itinerary

Welcome & Tour

Welcome & Tour of the Vineyard

Begin the tour with your dedicated Bolney expert, who will give a fascinating introduction to Bolney with our scenic vineyard as your backdrop. The vineyard tour is your chance to wander through the heart of the beautiful vines, learning about Bolney’s heritage and the care and expertise that goes into cultivating each vine.

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Tour of the winery

Next, join us in our state-of-the-art winery, opened by the Duchess of Cornwall in 2019, where you’ll learn from our expert winemakers the craft and passion behind our award-winning wines. We’ll take you through our careful selection process, explaining how the grapes are pressed, fermented, blended, and filtered to create the highest quality finished product.

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Wine and Cheese Tasting

After you’ve learnt how we ensure high-quality wines every time, you’ll get to see exactly what we mean with a premium tasting experience. A delectable treat for all the senses comes in the form of a tutored tasting of five of our finest, award-winning wines. Each has been carefully paired with a food matching plate and a sample of our special Bolney Estate Gin.

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Discover the Perfect Gift in Our Cheese and Wine Tasting in Sussex

If you are searching for a cheese and wine tasting experience near Brighton, a day at Bolney Wine Estate offers the finest solution. Our range of wine and cheese tasting events makes for the perfect gift for a loved one. You can explore our range of Gift Vouchers that can be used online, in our cafe, or in-store.

We also have a varied selection of events running throughout the year. Whether it’s a romantic cheese and wine tasting for two you’re looking for, or an activity for a group of friends, there’s sure to be something for you: just browse our upcoming events.

 


Additional Information

 

Is There a Main Tour Season?

Our main tour season runs from February through to October, but we do have some dates available in November, December, and January.

 

How Long Does the Tour Last?

Each tour will last around one and a half hours for the full tour plus cheese and wine tasting experience. The total walking time will be around 10-15 minutes with some additional time spent standing outside for talks.

 

How Much Wine Will I Be Served on a Tour?

You can expect to be served around ¼ bottle of wine, though this is an approximation as we do free-pour.

 

What Can I Do After the Tour?

After your tour, you can enjoy a delicious lunch at our Eighteen Acre Café and Restaurant and enjoy the beautiful vineyard view. Everything is made using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, including the homemade cake. Table bookings are required for lunch bookings and are subject to availability. To make a booking, you can request a table online, call 01444881575 or email us at events@bolneywineestate.com.

 

Do You Have a Shop at the Estate?

We have a wonderful cellar door shop on the estate, stocking fresh local produce like delicious cheeses as well as our Bolney Wines. You can browse our premium range of award-winning English Wines, including sparkling wines, red wines, and white wines.

 

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Winemaking

Find out how our award-winning wine is made from the testing of the grapes to bottling.
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History

In the heart of rural Sussex lies our Estate, one of England’s oldest and most beautiful vineyards. Our story began...
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Eighteen Acre Cafè

After your tour, enjoy a glass of wine on our stunning viewing balcony at our Eighteen Acre Café.
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VINEYARD MAP OF OUR ESTATE

Our Estate is located on the edge of the South Downs, about 14 miles from the UK’s south coast, and comprises five unique vineyard sites. Explore our map and discover where our journey from vine to wine begins.

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Vouchers & E-Vouchers

If you are looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, we also offer gift vouchers and e-vouchers for a range of our tours including our Taster Tour accompanied by our paired cheese tasting boards and our Grand Gourmet Tour featuring a delicious buffet lunch made with locally sourced, seasonal produce.

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Mr Clement

Mr Clement

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our wine tasting tour. The selection of wines and cheeses were great. Beautiful day, wine and excellent guides. Well done Bolney. Will be back soon to stock up some more on wine.

Mayumi

Mayumi

I would like to thank you and everyone at Bolney who provided excellent service to our customers on Fri, 17th of September. Nick was a superb guide leading the tour, Sarah and Ian were really helpful to meet our customers’ requirements. Also every single staff member we met was very friendly and professional. It was the first time for all our customers to visit an English vineyard and I am sure that they will visit Bolney again or other English wineries, as they were all happy with the Bolney experience. Hope that we can bring more Japanese customers to Bolney in the future.

Yvonne Austin

Yvonne Austin

This was my first visit of the vineyard and really enjoyed the day. I’m now hooked on these fabulous days out which included food tastings. I fell in love with the Brighton Blue cheese and have now found that High Weald Dairy (the home of said cheese) has relaunched their cheese tasting tours. So, you guess it I’m booked in this weekend. Thank you for opening my eyes to these amazing experiences.

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