Welcome to Vineyards of the Sussex Weald
June 1st - Sussex weald festival of wine
We’re hosting an incredible day of wine tasting to celebrate English Wine Week and the Launch of Vineyards of the Sussex Weald, a collection of award winning wine producers with a passion for creating quality still and sparkling wines. This is the opportunity to try a variety of wines from 5 of our local vineyards. Find out more here:
Located in one of the sunniest parts of England - the Sussex Weald, part of what was the forest of Anderida during Roman occupation of Britain and what the Saxons later called Andersweald our vineyards grow on the clay and sand that once hosted the forges of the English Iron Industry and now power outstanding excellence in quality English wine production.
The Vineyards of the Sussex Weald are a cluster of passionate growers and winemakers who strive to deliver the true essence of this unique and beautiful landscape. Each with their own artisanal approach our winemakers delver wines of exceptional quality and flavours enhanced by our unique terroir.
You will enjoy the opportunity to visit these beautiful vineyards and experience the wines, take a tour of the vineyards and winery and discover some of Englands most exquisite wines to enjoy while chatting to the owners and learning about what makes Vineyards of the Sussex Weald so special.
Beacon Down vineyard occupies around 18 acres in the beautiful High Weald near Heathfield.
A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the vineyard is set on gentle South East facing slopes with stunning views over to Eastbourne and the South Downs.
The vineyard's owners, Paul and Al Pippard planted nearly 10,000 vines in May 2015 and they have thrived on the sandstone slopes and Sussex sunshine. Our first harvest in October 2017 produced two vibrant still wines - a Bacchus and a Pinot Gris with sparkling wines on their way.
The vineyard is open for tours, tastings and picnics during selected days, from May to October. Beacon Down also offers lease a vine packages, where you can be a unique part of the vineyard experience.
Blackboys is a small village in East Sussex. There are several explanations as to the provenance of the name, but the most likely explanation is the meaning 'black wood', so called due to the soot being deposited in the woods from the charcoal burners that were prevalent in the area. The charcoal was probably used to fuel the nearby Buxted foundry, where it is believed the first iron cannon was produced in 1543.
The old adage says 'small and perfectly formed' - our vineyard’s size and location means we can personally carry out all the work. For us, this was crucial in order to be totally in control of the development of the vines.
With Blackboys Vineyard being a 24/7 family run operation, it allows us the attention to detail which impacts directly on the high quality and personal finished product.
Originally planted in 1986 Hidden Spring Vineyard has been a pioneer of English wine production for over 30 years. The vineyard is located within the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty between the villages of Horam and Vines Cross.
Hidden Spring sits between 60 and 80m above sea level perfect for capturing the maximum sunlight and providing protection against spring frosts. The terroir is rooted in the iron rich clay on free draining sand that is perfect for varietals such as Bacchus, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
New owners David and Chris took the opportunity in 2015 to re-imagine Hidden Spring as a high quality visitor attraction where guests could experience first hand the activities in the vineyard and winery.
25,000 new vines were planted in 2016 and a new purpose built winery constructed to enable the entire grape to glass process to happen on site. A new Tasting Room welcomes visitors throughout the year with the opportunity to experience a tour and tasting, try fantastic English wines and enjoy a glass on the terrace overlooking the vines.
At Fox & Fox we are a Boutique Grower Producer of English Sparkling wines, cultivating 30 acres of classic champagne varieties. Our Vineyards sit either side of the ancient hilltop village of Mayfield, amongst the rolling hills, woodlands and deep-cut ghylls of the Sussex High Weald. They are surrounded by bluebell woods in springtime and over-flown by Buzzards, Red Kites and other hawks in summer. They are an evocation of this unique Sussex countryside at its best.
We’ve been growing vines since 2004 and producing wine since 2009. In 2010, we expanded from our first vineyard site to a second larger vineyard, whilst remaining true to our first love: making limited quantities of Award winning quality Sparkling Wines with a unique English twist. Within our two vineyards we grow Pinot noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot gris. A mixture of medium yielding Burgundy clones, which mature richly in our High Weald terroir, alongside Champagne clones for structure. This carefully selected combination allows us to create wines with enticing fruit flavours, aroma & complexity.
Off The Line Vineyard was established by the owners, Kristina and Ann-Marie, from scratch on a wonderful site in the Sussex Weald benefiting from south facing slopes. The site was prepared and the first vines planted in 2014. The focus is on growing Pinot noir, Regent, Dornfelder and Rondo, all red varieties.
The name, Off the Line Vineyard was chosen because the vineyard is located beside the Old Cuckoo Line, a branch railway line that once ran between Polegate and Edridge. The steam trains once passed through Heathfield where folklore has it that spring is heralded by the release of a cuckoo from an old woman's basket.
The idea of lines provides inspiration: the old railway line, the rows of vines in the vineyard, the power lines that transport electricity to the winery. You don't see too many lines in the rolling Sussex landscape but those that exist are going somewhere or transporting something important; symbolising progress and a working relationship with the environment.