Details about your 1066 English Wine Tour
Wine Tour Duration: Approximately 8 hours from start to finish
Departure Point: English Grounds, SE1 2HU (opposite London Bridge)
Activity Level: Low
Example Itinerary English Wine Tasting Tours – Cellar Door Wine Tour
9am Departure, English Grounds London Bridge, SE1 2HU
10.40am Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard
Sedlescombe Organic is also a bio-dynamic wine producer in Sussex and was originally planted in 1978. With 22 acres under vine and further 25 acres just planted this organic producer is growing, yet still small, but the tasting room and winery has just been remodeled to an impeccable standard. Sedlescombe Organic has the classic noble varietals such as chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, but they also grow some newer hybrid varietals such as solaris and phoenix.
12:15pm Oxney Organic Estate
Next we make our way through the beautiful English countryside and small villages to the second vineyard, The Oxney Organic Estate. Oxney Organic is down a proper teeny, tiny narrow English country lane, and in the middle of nowhere making it the perfect escape to the countryside. And they also make some pretty perfect English Wine. They have won many awards and accolades for their flagship Rose wine, but they also have some fantastic sparklers and even a very classy sparkling cider.
1.15pm The New Inn, Winchelsea
Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch made with local produce and love in this charming traditional English Pub in the small cinque port town of Winchelsea. The town while small is steeped in history with the original settlement dating back to 800AD. The current town was build under the orders of King Edward I for it’s proximity to the English channel, but soon became a haven for smugglers. To this day cellars run beneath the town, and make the perfect conditions for storing wine.
14:45pm Charles Palmer Vineyard
For the final stop of the day we visit The Charles Palmer Estate. The estate is family run and benefits from an ideal climate for vines, with its close proximity to the sea, south facing slope, and its terroir in particular. The lowest part of the vineyard is a mere 5 metres above sea level and sits above a bed of Kimmeridgian clay similar to the Grand Crus of Burgundy. The tasting will take place in the main house Wickham Manor, famous as the film location of Mr Holmes.
4.30pm Back on the mini-van or mini-coach
17.45pm Arrive London Bridge (approximate timing depending on traffic)
Itinerary is an example of the day. Vineyards may be swapped in and out for alternative vineyards based on availability on the day.