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.
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