Oxney Organic Estate

Visitor Centre

More about Oxney Organic Estate

Status Operational
Established: 2012
Visitor Policy: Visitors welcome some of the year
Tel: +44 (0)1797 260 137
Website: http://www.oxneyestate.com/
Oxney Organic Estate is the UK's largest single estate, organic vineyard with some 14 hectares (35 acres) of vines comprising Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Précoce, Pinot Meunier and Seyval Blanc to make English organic still and sparkling wines, mostly sparkling.

Address

Hobbs Lane
Beckey
TN31 6TU
United Kingdom

Friday and Saturday combined vineyard, winery and tasting tours, plus private tours for groups organised at a time to suit you.

Oxney Estate is just 10 minutes away from the Difford's Guide office and we first met the folk at Oxney on a company get-together which included a private tour for us all followed by tasting. For most in our company it was the first time they'd walked among vines in a vineyard and learnt about the winemaking and particularly the steps involved in making sparkling wines. A visit to Oxney and this picturesque part of Sussex makes for a great day out.

Combined vineyard, winery & tasting tours

Tours of the vineyard, winery and a guided tasting start at 10.30am on Fridays and Saturdays from mid-April until the end of October (please check oxneyestate.com). The guided tours by one of Oxney's knowledgeable team last around 90 minutes so finish around midday – perfect timing to finish with a picnic lunch (see below).

The tour will give you an insight into the English wine revolution and the challenges of winemaking in a cool climate and how this can be achieved fully organically, including a full explanation of the winemaking process and a look inside the winery housed in a listed square oast house complete with wooden cowl. The tour finishes in the tasting room with a guided tasting of Oxney's still and sparkling wines, all of which are for sales in the winery shop.

The tours cost £20 per head. See OxneyEstate.com/vineyard-tours for dates and to book.

Post tour picnic lunches

After the tour, enjoy a well-presented English willow picnic basket with organic Sussex cheese, charcuterie, olives, chutney and bread plus other local snacks and of course chilled wine.

These lunches are best enjoyed at a table in Oxney's winery observatory at the top of the building or on the edge of the vineyard under a tipi roof to shade you from the sun. Or you can even grab a picnic rug and head out into the vineyard proper.

Each £40 lunch basket is for two (£20 per head) and must be booked in advance separately after booking your tour.

Private tours

Private tours can be arranged at a time and any day (apart from Sundays) to suits you and such tours, for parties of four or more, cost £25 a head. To book, call +44 (0)1797 260 137 (option 1).