English Wine Tasting Tour - Kent

3 days

Explore England's oldest and most beautiful county and experience serene countryside, stunning gardens and superb local produce. With the same growing conditions as those in the Champagne region of France, it’s no secret English wine is emerging as a top contender among the world’s best. Enjoy discovering the ‘Garden of England’.

Trip Highlights

  • Stay two nights in historic accommodation with Norman cellars dating back to the 12th century

  • Relax with a delightful dinner paired with local English wines

  • Visit a beautifully preserved medieval harbour town

  • Explore in style with a chauffeured English wine tasting tour around some of Kent’s most acclaimed vineyards

  • Visit three stunning wineries and taste award winning sparkling wines

  • Unwind with lunch in a fabulous 19th-century pub enjoying seasonal, British and locally sourced cuisine paired with local wines

from $745 per person

This is a guide price based on 4 people travelling together, based on double / twin room occupancy.


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Trip details

Day 1

Arrive in Rye in East Sussex, one of England’s best kept secrets. Nestled between green rolling hills and the English Channel it is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in England. Stay in a historic inn, built in 1420, the inn has long, jagged and rather fascinating history, and attracts everyone from Shakespeare historians to ghost hunters, a Medieval Gem!

Spend the afternoon wandering the medieval town of Rye, the sort of place you thought existed only in your imagination. Walk the cobbled lanes like Mermaid Street, lined with medieval, half-timbered houses where you will find unique shops, historic pubs and local restaurants to enjoy.

In the evening enjoy a 3 course dinner in a charming setting, focused on using quality, seasonal, local ingredients paired with English wines.

 

Day 2

Enjoy a full day chauffeured English wine tasting tour. Meet with your guide after breakfast and discover a sprawling collection of rural towns and pretty villages set in pristine countryside. Start the day visiting the breathtakingly beautiful Hush Heath Estate, home of the award-winning Balfour Brut Rosé. Hidden away in the Kent countryside near Staplehurst, the Estate produces one of England’s most iconic and exclusive sparkling wines using the Traditional Method.

Next up is Chapel Down, the UK’s largest wine producer. They produce world-class sparkling wines, as well as aromatic white wines and elegant light red wines from grapes such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Bacchus.

Unwind with lunch in a fabulous 19th-century pub enjoying seasonal, British and locally sourced cuisine paired with local wines.

In the afternoon visit The Gusbourne Estate, a great way to end the day tasting outstanding quality wines with accolades from some of the industry’s most exacting critics.

Day 3

Start the day with a coastal walk in Rye Harbour. From coast to countryside, seaside to historic towns and villages, there are many things to do and places to see.

Or why not walk along Camber Sands, a fabulous stretch of unspoilt sandy beach. It features one of the purest and longest dune systems on the South Coast, and the only one to be found in East Sussex.

If you fancy a little more history, Bodiam Castle offers a glimpse of medieval splendour before you leave!

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