Local vineyards in England
Grapes aren’t the only thing you’ll find at Tillingham. As well as vineyards, the secluded farm has fruit trees, ancient woodland, livestock, accommodation and a bar and two restaurants, serving up great local ingredients (and glasses of Tillingham natural wine) in very cool settings. The hub of the estate is the coming together of old and new: traditional oast house architecture, sleek modern farm buildings and a converted dutch barn where you can eat wood-fired sourdough pizzas alfresco. You can take tours of the vines, which run across some of the farm’s 70 acres, and take part in a guided tasting of a handful of Tillingham vinos. Follow up with more samples at the bar (admiring Tillingham’s wine bottle labels), then dinner, and even a night on the farm if you can’t tear yourself away.
2) Kinsbrook Vineyard
A newcomer to the English wine scene, Kinsbrook planted their first vines in 2017. Tours of their 56.000 vines, as well as wine tastings are available. You can also just rock up and soak up the site for yourself. Kinsbrook Farmhouse is home to a farm shop and eatery, serving a simple menu made up of locally sourced treats.
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3) Tinwood Estate
Tucked away on the outskirts of Chichester, Tinwood was transformed from arable farm to vineyard by owner Art Tukker when he took over from his parents. It’s now a small, successful sparkling wine vineyard offering tours and tastings in a pretty light-filled space surrounded by vines. Pimp your tasting with a cheese board or afternoon tea, and make sure you don’t leave without a bottle of Tinwood’s sparkling rosé under your arm.
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