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“A tale of two tours”

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.
Wokingham
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“A tale of two tours”
Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

We went to the vineyard on a visit organised by CIMA. I was very impressed with the outside tour, the guide was great and knew his stuff. I would give this part five out of five.
Then we went on the inside wine tour, this was very rushed and not as good as the outside part. You watch a very old film on the 360 screens and then the winery. Then it is on to the most important part of the tour the tasting ..... you go into the cellar and try the first wine .... you get a quick description and then it is drink quick or throw away. This happened on the second and third were the same. Then it was please leave we have another tour coming through. Not happy.

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit!!!”
Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

Spent a lovely morning doing the Wine Tasting and Cellar tour. You drive in through the vineyard so can see vines and their grapes. There is plenty of free parking. We booked through Wowcher so paid half price which we feel is a good price. We wouldn't want to pay any more. We arrived half an hour before our tour which was just as well. There was some kids events going on and reception got very busy. The girl on reception was on her own so there was a big queue. Maybe they should have a seperate area for wine tours?

After booking in at reception we had a wander around the shop before the tour started. There was some nice china, foods, wine related items and off coarse Wine. The prices were not the cheapest but no more than in similar establishments.

We were shown around by Mona who made the tour interesting and informative. She is quite a character who we fond out was not part of the Debbie's family but may as well be as she has been there for ever.
The tour started with a film about the history of Debbie's, why it is a good area to grow vines and a brief explanation of the process. We were then shown where the wine is made with a couple of short videos. Nothing was happening due to the time of year which we understood. If you want to know about the process, ask questions and you will be toldIt was then onto the cellar for the tasting. We tasted 3 wines and were told all about them. You can book to have food as well, we didn't and glad. It was actual nibbbles to try with the wine.

After the tour we had a spot of lunch in the restaurant. A selection of sandwiches, drink and crisps. The food was well made and good value. The hot mains also looked very appetising. After a brief visit to the farm shop we returned to buy a mixed case of wines. Again at £8.99 a bottle a little more than we would normally pay but good value to keep for a special occasion.

Overall we would visit again but only do the tour if we booked via a voucher.

Visited August 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“weddings”
Reviewed 26 August 2014

If you are looking for an usual wedding venue then Denbies wine estate is well worth going to see, beautiful grounds in a great location. Great for winter weddings.

Visited June 2014
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London
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“Loved Denbies”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Birthday treat for me and friend from our daughters. Absolutely loved it. Went to Gallery Restaurant, food and service was fab, train tour with sparkling wine, and then cellar tour with talk and 3 tastings. A perfect day. Weather was great on the day (23 July) but to be honest it would still have been lovely if not so sunny.

Visited July 2014
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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“Two tours and lunch”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

We bought the Landrover train tour into the hills, the cellar/factory tour and tasting and had lunch in between
The hill tour was on a very nice day and the views spectacular, our guide able to field a number of unexpected questions. That was great.
We did the cellar tour a few years ago and little has changed - the video at the start is still dated, the guide still knowledgeable and eccentric. Sadly they seem to have got rid of the little buggies so you have to walk through. You do get three small glasses of wine but this part seemed a bit expensive.
I have no idea what lunch cost (we had a range of sandwiches) as we took care of paying for the tours.
Aside from these things there is a very expensive shop full of ephemera I can't see anyone needing, and a nice little plant centre with food shop, again certainly top end.
This was a great family day and very enjoyable but Denbies isn't cheap.
Hill tour at 7.95 - good value
Cellar tour at 9.95 - a little OTT
Lunch - well based on the shop, I doubt it was cheap!!!
A good day but don't forget your wallet

Visited July 2014
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