Take a tour of this Hastings vineyard, complete with a ploughman's lunch, a wine tasting session, and wine to take home with you!
- Hastings (East Sussex)
- Gift Voucher valid for 3 Participants
This fantastic winery experience and wine tour in East Sussex is
wonderful gift idea for anyone in the South East who fancies
themselves as a bit of a connoisseur. The winery is located in the
heart of the beautiful East Sussex countryside in an area of
outstanding natural beauty, and has been producing quality English
wines since 1971.
This winery experience begins with a warm welcome and a hot drink; you will meet the friendly staff who will introduce you to the day and to the winery. After this you are free to head off on your self-guided tour, exploring the vineyard and the winery at your leisure to get an insight into how these lovely wines get from grape to glass! When you've finished the tour, it's time for a sampling session, as you get to try and enjoy the different wines - still, sparkling and fruit - that are produced right there at the winery. Of course, all this touring and tasting is sure to make you hungry, so with this 'silver' vineyard experience you will be treated to a hearty and rustic ploughman's lunch that is as quintessentially English as the home-grown wine you'll be tasting! Enjoy crusty, freshly baked bread, beautiful English cheeses, and home made relishes and chutneys - just what is needed to perfectly complement your winery experience. On leaving the East Sussex winery, you will get to take £25 worth of beautiful English wine with you to enjoy at home!
This is a fantastic way to get a little insight into the wine making process while showing support for local producers - so if you're looking for the perfect gift idea for gourmands and wine lovers, try a fantastic Hastings vineyard tour for three, with lunch and wine included.
The Hastings vineyard tour with lunch is available throughout the year except the week from Christmas Day until New Year's Day. The Tour is subject to availability and normally operates on the weekend with an 11am start however they are occasional tours during the week (normally Wednesdays and Fridays). The winery (shop) is open from 10am to 5pm, seven days a week.
You must be at least 18 years old to participate in the vineyard experience.
Experience Duration: 03:00
Time at Venue: 03:00
You should allow approximately 3 hours for the East Sussex winery and lunch experience.
Participants: The East Sussex Vineyard Tour With Lunch For 3 is for 3 participants.
Max Group Size: 3
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
This vineyard tour and lunch is for three people only, however friends and family can come along on the day and enter the winery for just £1.50.
You can wear whatever you like for the vineyard tour - we recommend that you dress appropriately for the weather on the day of your booked vineyad tour. Flat soled shoes are also recommended.
The weather should not affect your East Sussex winery and vineyard tour, however if there is snow disruption it may be necessary to cancel and reschedule your tour.
This week we had the exciting opportunity to visit one of our local vineyards in nearby Hastings, run by the Carr-Taylor family. Linda and David Carr-Taylor planted the 21 acre vineyard in 1971, and it’s quickly grown to the 37 acres site it is today. Their son Alex, together with a small team, run the vineyard and its tours. Having won 36 awards and medals since 2011, Carr Taylor’s wines are well recognised and the vineyard tours highly recommended.
We left our office in Brighton and headed along the coast to Hastings, and although we had to navigate through narrow country roads to get to the vineyard, it was not difficult to find. The vineyard was well sign-posted and was immediately recognised on the Sat Nav – lucky as we’re not sure our maps skills are up to scratch! When we arrived, we parked in the large car park (free of charge) and made our way to the country-style shop.
With a few minutes spare, we looked around the shop to see what kind of wines and farm goods the vineyard produces. As we waited for the rest of the group to arrive were offered tea or coffee (included in the price) for a quick caffeine boost before our tour began. Once everyone was there, our highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide took us around the vineyard explaining how the vines are planted, pruned and picked from start to finish. He then took us to the mini factory-style building where the wines are manufactured and fermented, talking us through the whole process from bottling to distributing.
After being taken through the entire process of the wine making, we were ready for the tasting! Our tour guide led us to an upstairs seating area where the walls were decorated in awards and certificates that the Carr Taylor Vineyard has won over the years – it was fair to say there was a lot! We tried six different wines including two whites, rose and sparkling whilst learning about the history of the vineyard and the Carr-Taylor family. It was a great, friendly and fun atmosphere. Our host was very enthusiastic and it was clear he knew a lot about wine and its production. He made the wine tasting fun and light-hearted, even juggling the wine bottles at the end!
By the time we had finished the wine tasting, our lunch was ready, so we made our way downstairs and gathered in the back of the shop. There was a seating area with a country style buffet including salads, pates, chutneys, fresh bread and a large cheese board. Piling our plates high and grabbing our glass of wine (included in the price), we decided to sit outside as the sun was shining. As we ate our lunch we reflected on everything we had learnt and got chatting to a lovely couple who also attended the tour. Once we had finished, we decided to both buy a bottle of Carr-Taylor’s finest dry white wine to take home with us.
This was a great experience and it was lovely to visit a local vineyard, as there are not many in England! We would highly recommend the vineyard tour, wine tasting and lunch as a gift for someone else or simply to treat yourself! The sight is dog and family friendly and a great place to spend the afternoon topping up your wine knowledge and feel like a professional connoisseur. Whilst enjoying a nice glass of wine and a delicious lunch of course!