Great British Wine Tours whisk you out of the city and into the glorious Sussex countryside to explore award-winning vineyards, breweries and cheesemakers. The best of Sussex is showcased through fun and informative tours, led by expert guides.
The flagship tour – “Big Red” – takes its name from the 1960s red London Routemaster bus that carries guests into the heart of English wine country. What more British way to start a tour than with a trundle through the Sussex countryside, enjoying the stunning views from the windows of a vintage double-decker.
Arriving at the vineyard, guests enjoy an expertly-guided tour of the vines and winery to learn the secrets off English wine making from grape to glass, followed by a tutored tasting of a range of award-winning still and sparkling wines. Then it’s time for lunch and a delicious picnic hamper that guests can pick up and enjoy amongst the vines. Veggies and vegans are catered for too, and of course, there’s a glass of Sussex still to wash it all down. After lunch, guests head to vineyard number two, for a second guided wine tasting and a chance to relax and watch the sun fall over the beautiful South Downs.
Great British Wine Tours partner with vineyards including Court Garden Vineyard, Ridgeview Wine Estate, Albourne Estate, Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Artelium Estate, Wiston Estate, and Bolney Wine Estate, to name just a few. They also run regular Friday ‘Cheese and Vine Tours’, taking in a tour and cheese tasting at High Weald Dairy, before heading to a nearby vineyard.
Great British Wine Tours is Brighton’s first regularly scheduled UK wine tour operator and their values are simple.
Working closely with their partners, the mission is to get people into the countryside, introducing visitors to local Sussex wines and cheeses. With over seven hundred vineyards in England and Wales and with British sparkling wines taking some of the most prestigious international awards, the UK wine industry is blossoming… and it’s right on our doorstep! From wine-buffs to first timers, tours are designed to be enjoyable, relaxed and informative. First and foremost, a Great British Wine Tour is a memorable day out.
The ‘Big Red’ Wine Tour of Sussex runs every Saturday from Brighton Station from March to October. There are also midweek tours too. On a ‘Vineyard Safari Tour’, guests can pair up in electric buggies and head out amongst the vines at Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate. Or there’s the Steam & Vine Tour, combining a vineyard tour with a visit to Bluebell Railway for a guided-tour and steam train ride. Perfect for Father’s Day! Looking for a private tour experience? Great British Wine Tours will design your perfect day. Catering for groups of 2 to 200, a private tour is the ultimate treat: perfect for corporate away- days, that special anniversary day out, or an extra-special Hen celebration.