Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard
Sedlescombe Vineyard boasts the title of England's oldest organic vineyard; an eco-friendly and biodynamic vineyard since 1979. You'll notice our B&B Brighton breakfast has won top awards for using local produce. If real food and organic wines are your thing, then the Vineyard and Woodland Nature Trail is a 'must-do' experience.
Roy and Irma Cook now run 23 acres, including the vineyard behind the famous moated castle at Bodiam. A true home of the eco-pioneer, Sedlescombe will attract nature lovers and wine lovers alike! The area prides itself on its close relationship with nature, and the wine produced here is said to be in tune with the earth's rhythms. The aptly named famous 'First Release' is a dry white whose label features the moon – a nod to the lunar and cosmic rhythms in the 'new age' farming methods.
Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard is open every day between 10.30am and 5.30pm. Group tours are offered, but many prefer to embark on a self-guided tour, wandering through the stunning scenery, taking in the historical countryside and expansive vines. All visits end with a tutored tasting of a selection of Sedlescombe wines, fruit juices and liqueurs – the perfect close to your reclusive weekend in Brighton – whether you're in a couple or with friends.
Only a few B&B Brighton 'experiences' really bother to embrace these local producers. Guided tours run from April to October by appointment in advance. A full tour also takes you through the bluebell-covered Woodland Walk, across Judge's Bridge, and on to the Winery, where participants can learn first-hand the art of wine-making in a traditional, organic way. Tours cost between £4.50 and £7.50 depending on the size of your group and the tour you choose. Less than 40 miles from Brighton, the town of Battle is easily accessed by car or train in approximately just one hour.
Cripps Corner, Near Robertsbridge, East Sussex.
Tele: 0800 980 2884.
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