Deluxe Vineyard Experience with Lunch and Champagne

Deluxe Vineyard Experience with Lunch and Champagne

While away a day at the Kenton Park Estate on this lovely vineyard experience in Devon! This is the story of a family who fell in love with a country estate decided to buy it and brought the vineyard back to life. It’s a fascinating and magical tale you’ll love to hear!

The Oliphant-Thompson family bought this pretty farm estate in 2017. The previous owner had produced some award-winning wines in the past so the self-penned ‘Motley Cru’ immediately got to work to re-plant the vineyard and start their incredible journey into the world of wine.

There are now 15 000 vines growing in the microclimate that surrounds Kenton Park Estate. From Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Bacchus and Reichensteiner these grapes grow happily in this beautiful corner of Devon. The seasonal mists certainly bring their magic to the fruitfulness and the family now produces a fine collection of wines including the wonderfully named ‘Grape Escape’ and ‘Flying Start’ wines.

For your visit to Kenton you’ll be guided round the vineyards hearing all about the family’s story as you stroll. Affectionately known as ‘Chateau Jotty’ it’s certainly been a labour of love and a huge learning curve for Ben the rugby-playing son who has been pivotal in the vineyards rebirth.

The proof as they say is in the tasting and this is just what you’ll be doing next over lunch in the Motley Cru Wine Bar on the estate. You’ll be treated to a three-course meal with a different wine accompanying each dish. And make sure you save room of the Devonshire cheese platter and then the delicious Cafe-Gourmand where hand-crafted sweet treats are served with hand-ground coffee. Just divine.

You can round off your vineyard experience in Devon with a stroll around the estate where you’ll meet the Woolly Cru (the gorgeous rare-breed Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep) come across pheasants partridges and even free-roaming deer as you wander. We think Kenton Park Estate in the foothills of the Haldon Hills is a lovely place to visit!

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Cider Farm Tour and Tasting for Two Dorset

Cider Farm Tour and Tasting for Two Dorset

See the whole process from the apple on the tree to the golden nectar in a glass when the two of you go cider tasting in Dorset! You’re invited to this really rather special organic apple farm in West Dorset to discover all about cider making.

Situated in a stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty these peaceful orchards are home to lots of apples and Penny and Oliver who by their own admission ‘fell into cider making’ when they bought a barn which came with several thousand apple trees. Now presiding over 3000 trees producing several varieties of apple and crushing them whole to produce award-winning cider apple vinegar and apple juice these tours and tastings will show you their story.

And it’s a truly fascinating one. You’ll learn all about harvesting the apples the techniques for pressing them the fermentation process kegging and bottling. The whole cycle from apple to glass takes around eight months with a lot of hard work love and attention to detail.

Tours start with a refreshing glass of organic apple juice over introductions with a talk on the history of cider making in the Dorset area and Penny and Oliver’s story. Then there’s usually time for an orchard tour to see where the likes of the Sweet Coppin Browns Coate Jersey and Taylors apples grow.

Back in the barns you’ll be shown the whole cider making process and you’ll have lots of opportunities to pose all the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about making craft cider. But as they always say the proof is in the tasting so that’s exactly what you’ll be doing sampling the likes of the Old Harry Rocks Wild Cat and Foxy Ginger ciders produced organically at this Dorset orchard. This is Real Cider that has been nurtured patiently to be fruity and bursting with flavour.

Situated between Bridport and Beaminster this tour and cider tasting in Dorset is a perfect way to while away a couple of hours in the countryside. With a camp site B&Bs and nice country pub all in walking distance of the orchard you can make a lovely weekend of it. We have to say this is the way cider making (and tasting) was meant to be!

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Stanlake Park Wine Estate Tour & Tasting For Two

Stanlake Park Wine Estate Tour & Tasting For Two

Welcome to Stanlake Park Wine Estate tasting tours where the wine will be flowing! This picturesque wine estate in Berkshire is a lovely place to visit. We are offering vouchers for two people to be part of a group tasting and tour at Stanlake.

This really is a local wine producer at its finest. The estate is just stunning and so pretty with wisteria hanging over the walls gorgeous red-brick barns and lovely lawns perfect for lounging with a glass in your hand!

You’ll both be tasting six Stanlake Estate wines. Subject to availability that will include two sparkling a rosé a red and a couple of whites. You’ll either taste them as you go along on your tour or at the end of your visit in the Cellar Shop or out in that lovely walled garden when weather permits.

And indeed the walled garden is where you might well get to see some of the original vines that were planted on the Stanlake Estate in 1979. After 40 years of wine making Stanlake Park is one of the oldest wineries in England and the history of the estate (which is actually in Windsor Great Park) goes back to the 12th century.

What makes this tasting and tour all the more fascinating is the story behind how winemaking was first established here. There have been highs and lows as Natalia and her team (which includes Italian winemaker Nico) will tell you. You’re sure to be enthralled by the tales that will be told on your tour.

Whilst you’re learning about Stanlake Park’s journey to award-winning wine you’ll also get to see where the magic happens. The winery includes everything from the grape presses at the beginning of the process through fermentation and the barrel room to the bottling line. One of our favourite bits is the ‘Fizz room’ where you discover how the bubbles get into sparkling wines!

Your Stanlake Park Wine Estate tasting tour will come to a close in the Cellar Shop where lots of goodies that you can buy (from all the estate-produced wines and snacks to Italian coffee and wine lover gifts) are on display. The relaxed and friendly approach at Stanlake means you are welcome to stay after the tour (within opening times) to shop and maybe purchase another glass of two of wine.

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Kingscote Estate & Winery Tours for Two

Kingscote Estate & Winery Tours for Two

Book your wine tasting in East Grinstead at the lovely Kingscote Estate Vineyard! These 90-minute tours will show you how wine is made on this East Sussex estate. We are offering vouchers for wine tours and tastings for two with a tasty lunch add-on available as well.

Kingscote is a 150-acre estate in the rolling hills of the East Sussex countryside. Nestled between the Weir Wood Reservoir and the Bluebell Steam Railway (you can see and hear the trains passing from the estate!) it really is an idyllic location for a vineyard. What’s more the estate is on the same latitude as the Champagne region in France and with south-facing limestone slopes it’s ideal for growing grapes.

Indeed Kingscote produces wines that have won many awards from the likes of the Decanter World Wine Awards the equivalent of the Oscars for viticulturists. Fruity Chardonnays crisp Bacchus deliciously dry sparkling whites the coveted Blanc de Noirs the rich Fat Fumé and even Kingscote’s own Cyder – they’re all produced at this East Sussex winery.

Winemaker Andy customer experience manager Ellie and their teams will be only too pleased to welcome you to Kingscote for your tour and tasting. Their aim is to show you how they strive to produce quality distinctive wines with ambition heart and passion. And that dedication really comes across as you tour the facilities. It’s a fascinating story that goes right back to the 14th-Century.

Originally built as an Iron Master’s Hall House in 1320 the farm and estate was then owned and developed by the famous horticulturist William Robinson. It wasn’t until 2010 that the estate led by the late Christen Monge planted its first vines. The Medieval tithe barn on the estate was then also completely restored and that’s where you tutored tasting will take place. It’s a stunning barn characterised by high-ceilings and exposed wood beams.

If you’re looking to go wine tasting in the East Grinstead area the Kingscote Estate Vineyard is the perfect place. A stunning location buildings full of character a fascinating story behind the business and (most importantly) delectable estate wines to taste too. Why not make a day of it and book the Kingscote tasting and tour with lunch included? That way you get to enjoy a platter of English cured meats and cheeses as the perfect accompaniment to your winery experience.

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Traditional Mead & Wine Making

Traditional Mead & Wine Making

Make mead make wine and be happy! These half day courses teach you everything you need to know about making traditional mead or wine. All the equipment and material is included and you even get to take home 5l of your mix to continue the process at home.

Described as the ‘nectar of Gods’ Mead is the ancestor of all alcoholic drinks. Loved by the Vikings the Egyptians the Greeks and even the Romans (who had a penchant for wine!) mead is once again increasing in popularity. And wine of course never goes out of fashion.

For the wine making you will be able to choose a fruity or a traditional wine. That’s to say you might plump for a nice refreshing Elderflower a delicious Cherry wine or a tasty Apricot wine to name but three of the wine kit options available. If they don’t float your boat you can also make traditional dry or medium red white or rosé wines using of course grape juice!

For the mead making you’ll learn how it’s the sweet elixir produced by those busy bees that is the essential ingredient for this Medieval tipple. The fermentable sugar comes from the honey when it’s mixed with water and yeast. It sounds like a simple recipe but there a fair few things you need to know such as calculating alcohol content getting the quantities of ingredients right and so on.

Both courses are hosted and led by Steve. He keeps his own bees to make the honey and he’s been making wine and mead the traditional way for many years. He loves nothing better than teaching how you can make these craft beverages for yourself.

As well as benefiting from all Steve’s knowledge and experience you will get to start the process taking it from the base ingredients to commencing the fermenting. Each course participant will have a 5l recipient of their wine or mead to take home with them along with everything you need to continue the process right to the final bottling stage.

One voucher covers both course options so as the lucky recipient you can select whether you’d like to make mead or wine at the time of booking the course date. Great fun and interactive too we’ll drink to these wine and mead making courses – cheers!

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