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“Great deal, great weather and perfect views”

Denbies Wine Estate
Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in Dorking
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Owner description: The Denbies Estate, based in Dorking, Surrey, has been family owned and run since 1984. Denbies vineyard was planted in 1986, and since then has become one of the largest wine producers in the UK. Denbies core business is agriculture and we are pleased to be able to offer visitors an insight into wine production in the UK. Denbies wine now competes on an international level, including multiple gold awards for sparkling wine production, the first ever gold for an English rose wine and most recently an international gold for Denbies Noble Harvest Dessert wine. We are honoured over the years to have welcomed several members of the Royal family to the estate, completing the historical connections which date back to Prince Albert in 1851. The Surrey Hills is a beautiful area to live in and while you are visiting do take advantage of the surrounding areas, including 7 miles of public footpath which trail throughout the vineyard. Thank you for visiting Denbies Wine Estate. If you have any questions during your visit, our staff will be very happy to assist you in any matter. We very much hope that you will enjoy your visit.
Farnham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great deal, great weather and perfect views”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We took a budget train tour of the Denbies Wine Estate at a cost of £9 for two adults! We arrived in plenty of time which gave us the opportunity to explore the free facilities available. The shop is massive and full of nice (expensive) things to ogle, not to mention the wine grown on the estate for purchase and consumption later. There was an art gallery with a very interesting range of styles including some pictures from a local school. The farm shop was small but had a lovely range of cheeses and we were given several to sample free. MMmmmm. Then the tour. We were told it would be about 45 minutes but as this was the last one of the day it took closer to one hour. We were each given a glass of a gorgeous Denbie's champagne which we sipped whilst trundling up the hill in our own carriage (only three couples took this last tour so we all had a carriage to ourselves.) We stopped at a few viewing points and learnt all about the estate's history and the different grapes growing here. There were some surprising stories along the way and on reaching the top we learnt all about the estate properties on the summit. Finally we ambled back down the hill, taking in the sights from a different perspective. The weather was exceptional, the tour guide informative and friendly, the estate sprawling and beautiful and all in all we had a great time for just £9. We enjoyed the visit so much we may return and pay extra for the tour of the brewery or wine making facilities and the 180 degree cinema.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank snearxx
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Visited on a very sunny Saturday morning. Nice trip out, didn't take the tour.

Visited the cafe and gift shop. Shop well stocked with nice gift items.

Cafe was something of a diasapointment.

Food and service, okay, but just okay. Very expensive for breakfast at £8.25 per head which seemed not to include a hot drink, and the smallest piece of toast ever seen at a catering establishment. Coffee prices seemed very high indeed.

Would put me off returning

Visited July 2014
1 Thank EpsomEvie
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Dorking, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic vineyard tour”
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Went on the vineyard train tour today. Had an incredible time enjoying the spectacular views over Box Hill and Dorking.

Steve the tour guide was both funny and informative and provided an added excellence to the tour.

I would recommend this tour to guests of all ages.

3 Thank Scott K
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A great place to take foreign friends”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

We were impressed by what the estate had to offer and spent a lovely two or so hours there. We did not eat there, just went on the sparkling wine tour, walked around the vines and browsed round the superbly supplied shop. Staff were helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. The only slight point for improvement would be that I wish that there had been more time on the tour which, for what it comprised, we felt was expensive. It was rushed, we were left with unanswered questions and there just was not enough time to appreciate the tasting.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Carol S
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Willunga, Australia
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138 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great find, excellent tour guide, good food too !”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

We found this by chance as we were looking to do an English vineyard tour. Arrived for the 11am train tour including a glass of sparkling wine. We paid full price and thought it was well worth it. The little train took us all around, plus up the hill to show us the scenic layout. The guide, Geoff Vince was terrific and gave us lots of information about the history, topography, grape types etc.
We had a really enjoyable hour. Great farm shop, plant centre and shop on the estate.
We stayed for lunch on the 3rd floor and that was excellent too.
Highly recommended.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank lezlih
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