Vineyards & Wineries
For the curious, learn how sparkling wine is made at the Rathfinney Estate, on the sun-soaked south-facing slopes of the South Downs. Tours start at the Gun Room, reputed to have been the Duke of Wellington’s gun room, where you can also visit the Alfriston Heritage Centre.
And if tasting is your passion, head to the tasting room at Ridgeview Vineyard, which has amazing panoramic views over the Downs, and try some of their international award-winning sparkling vintages.
For something a little different, try Stopham Vineyard’s Pinot Blanc or Pinot Gris, some of the best examples of innovative still wine in England.
The South Downs Wine Story isn’t just about history and the grower’s expertise though, it’s about enjoying the fantastic end results.
Spice up a South Downs picnic with a bottle of sparkling wine to be enjoyed in the sunshine. Many restaurants and pubs across the National Park serve locally produced wine so take the opportunity to try something new wherever you are – a very pleasant surprise awaits you.
For a full list of wineries and vineyards open to the public, check out https://www.winegb.co.uk/