Wealden District Council

Vineyards in Wealden

Visit a Vineyard

The reputation of English wine is growing rapidly and we are fortunate to have quality producers in Wealden.  More and more vineyards are opening their doors to visitors.  If you have never been before, why not book a tour in advance?  If travelling with children, following a vineyard trail might be a nice option.

View more information about the Vineyards in our area:

Bluebell Vineyard, Furners Green (external link) 

This is one of the UK's leading sparkling wine producers.  Established in 2005, they specialise in the production of award-winning estate-grown English sparkling wines using the methode traditionelle.  They have won numerous national and international awards including the 2014 United Kingdom Vineyard Association Gold Medal for 2010 Vintage. This Vineyard is open to the public. 

Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston (external link) 

This estate was established in 2010.  With the potential for producing over one million bottles of Sussex sparkling wine annually, Rathfinny could develop into one of the largest single vineyards in England and one of the largest in Europe.

Sussex Vineyards, Mayfield (external link) 

Made up of 2 separate vineyards, each producing English sparkling wines.  Lakestreet has more open soil and budburst and harvest are usually ahead of Hobdens by a week.

Blackboys Vineyard, Blackboys (external link) 

A family run vineyard of 2 hectares planted with classic champagne varieties.  Tickerage Blush is the signature wine, with only limited amounts being created each year, but the 2010 Classic Cuvee is a more traditional take on a sparking wine.

Downsview Vineyard & Orchard, Jarvis Brook (external link) 

A small family run business producing the flagship Downsview Cuvee, Bronze Medal winning Downsview 2014 Bacchus and a sparkling cider.

Davenport Vineyards, Rotherfield (external link) 

An organic wine producer.  With 4 separate vineyard sites in Kent and Sussex, they have won many awards including the Gore-Browne Trophy for the 2014 Wine of the Year and the 2014 Vintners Trophy for the 'most outstanding sparkling wine'.

Henners Vineyard, Herstmonceux (external link) 

This was set up and first planted in 2007 by Lawrence Warr, a former Formula 1 engineer.  They are recent winners of a gold medal for their 2009 Reserve and a Silver medal for their Brut 2010 in the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championship.

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