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“Walk the vineyards”

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard
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Owner description: England's Premier Organic Vineyard. Established 1979. First producer of English Biodynamic wine in 2010. First English Vineyard to win an international award for RED wine (2013). Set in the heart of the 'High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and in '1066 Country' there are stunning countryside views from the vineyard and lots to see and do in the surrounding area. For individuals and small groups there is the pop-in Self-guided Vineyard & Woodland Nature Trail + Wine tasting or why not check out the range of 'Tour For Two' options that include catering and require pre-booking. All tours include a tasting of Sedlescombe's international award winning wines.
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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“Walk the vineyards”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

We received a Groupon gift voucher for two for a tour of the vineyards and wine tasting with a ploughman's lunch. We were warmly welcomed by Irma who with her husband Roy own the vineyard. The vineyard is not massive but it provides a pleasant walk, at your own pace, through the vines with accompanying map with useful notes about each field of vines. Part of the walk goes through a wooded area so good stout shoes are recommended. The self guided tour takes about 30 to 45 minutes but it can be as quick or as long as the individual wants. Following the tour there is a guided tour of the wine making facility, which is followed by the tasting. Five wines were tasted, 2 whites, 1 rose and 2 red, and then a hearty ploughman's lunch is served. This was then followed by a taste of a rich cherry wine, not to dissimilar to a port then a taste of a blackberry liqueur. We enjoyed our visit and would like to go back there again but probably later in the year when there will be more to see in the fields. The pricing structure is slightly high bearing in mind that part of the tour is self guided but if you have any type of voucher it is very good value for money.

Visited June 2014
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English first
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“Very enjoyable day”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

A refreshingly relaxed vineyard. Lovely staff that are happy to answer any questions. Hearty ploughmans lunch with quality breads. Plenty of wines on offer to taste. We will go back in the summer to try the next pressings

Visited May 2014
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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“GOOD DAY OUT”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We received this visit as a gift and very nice it was too. A very informal and friendly set up. It was very interesting to see how organic wine is produced. The tasting was great and followed by an ample lunch. A good day out

Visited May 2014
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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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“Pleasant outing”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

We bought a Travel zoo deal for 2 for one of their tours at a cost of £29.00. We have just visited and for this price, I would say that the visit was reasonable value, however, at full cost of £49.00 I would say was a bit too hefty.
You start with a self-guided walk around the vineyard and woodland - quite a small area. Coming back to the barn for a tasting of white and some red wines - not all the wines were available at the time. The wine is okay but expensive. I can see why it is dearer as everything is on a smaller scale using biodynamic and organic methods. If this method is important to you, then the cost of the wine is probably not so prohibitive but if you compare them to the robust Australian and Chilean wines, then these wines seem a bit weak.
We had a lovely Ploughman's lunch with a huge amount of cheddar and fresh brown and white crusty bread, salad, with half a glass of wine. At the end we went to the area where the grapes are crushed and bottled and had a short talk. All in all, quite an enjoyable day but perhaps we didn't learn as much as we thought we would.

Visited May 2014
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“Great day out”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

We did the tour for 2 with afternoon tea and wine tasting. Irma & other staff were very friendly. We walked around the vineyards and woodland by ourselves at our own pace with info sheets. Then sat down to some wine tasting. Irma was very informative and happy to answer all our questions. We sampled several wines, sparkling, white, rose and red wines, as well as a desert wine and a liqueur. The wine was so tasty we came away with 2 bottles! The afternoon tea was also yummy and included sandwiches, scones and cakes. Great day out!

Visited May 2014
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