Discover the South Downs Wine Trails

Perhaps a lesser known fact amongst visitors to the South Downs, is that it is, in fact, a haven for wine lovers. In recent years, it has become home to some of the best sparkling wines in the country. So if you are visiting the region and enjoy a glass of wine, then a tour of some of these vineyards is simply unmissable – and one of the most interesting and unusual South Downs activities.

Breaky Bottom Vineyard

The memorable name will ensure this one hot foots it onto the top of your to-do list! With a beautiful location in the South Downs National Park, the vineyard was planted in 1974. It is a stunning vineyard in the National Park so definitely worth a visit – even being described by one wine expert as the most beautiful vineyard in Britain.

The Rathfinny Wine Estate

A state of the art vineyard that is relatively young, opening in just 2010. It aims is to be one the biggest vineyards in England and also in Europe. With its stunning Sussex landscape and location just three miles from the English channel, its views are breathtaking. Opt to stay over at the Flint Barns accommodation, so that you can take in the full tasting and relaxing experience at this winery.

Ridgeview Vineyard

A genuine world class player, Ridgeview have been involved in the South Downs wine revolution since the very start. A family run business, they produce award-winning sparkling wine. They took advantage of the chalky soils and cool temperature in the South Downs to create the perfect wine. The vineyard is located near the pretty village of Ditchling too, which is also a nice place for a day trip.

Upperton Winery

Pop along for a wine tour of the Upperton estate, and you can hear all about the process of wine making there, while sampling the goods on the terrace that overlooks stunning views. The backdrop to the vineyard is beautiful – there is simply no better way to relax and enjoy a glass of bubbly than with the views of the South Downs.

We hope this has whet your appetite – and hopefully, its given you another way of exploring the area and sampling some superb South Downs food and drink!


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