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Sussex Vineyard & Winery Bus Tour provided by Great British Wine Tours

Sussex Vineyard & Winery Bus Tour

Sussex Vineyard & Winery Bus Tour
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94% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
7h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
30
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    7h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    30
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Lunch
  • Wine tasting
  • Professional guide
  • Tour escort/host
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Bluebell Vineyard Estates
  • Entry/Admission - Court Gardens Farm
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Jurys Inn Brighton, 101 Stroudley Rd, Brighton BN1 4DJ, UK We meet outside the Jurys Inn hotel behind Brighton train station (NOT ON THE SEAFRONT!!) at 9:30am. You will see the Great British Wine Tours bus waiting outside. We arrive back at 17:30
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Wheelchair users are welcome, please email to discuss requirements
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Inclusions
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Lunch
  • Wine tasting
  • Professional guide
  • Tour escort/host
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Bluebell Vineyard Estates
  • Entry/Admission - Court Gardens Farm
Departure details
  • Jurys Inn Brighton, 101 Stroudley Rd, Brighton BN1 4DJ, UK We meet outside the Jurys Inn hotel behind Brighton train station (NOT ON THE SEAFRONT!!) at 9:30am. You will see the Great British Wine Tours bus waiting outside. We arrive back at 17:30
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Wheelchair users are welcome, please email to discuss requirements
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Nov 29, 2021
A note from Sussex Vineyard & Winery Bus Tour
Our big bus allows us to have lots of space for guests to keep distance from one another
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Jurys Inn Brighton
    101 Stroudley Rd, Brighton BN1 4DJ, UK
    We meet outside the Jurys Inn hotel behind Brighton train station (NOT ON THE SEAFRONT!!) at 9:30am. You will see the Great British Wine Tours bus waiting outside. We arrive back at 17:30
    See address & details
  • 1
    Bluebell Vineyard Estates
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Court Gardens Farm
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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SallyBallyWally
Brighton, UK203 contributions
Lovely day spent negotiating Sussex country roads in a vintage red London bus. The best bit was obviously the wine tastings, firstly at Court Garden Vineyard. Small family run vineyard producing award winning sparkling English wines. The tour of the vines and explanation of the processes to produce these bubbly delights was spot on. Met mum, dad and have to say Hugo was a complete star chatting and showing us everything. There were 4 very different and very pleasant sparkling wines to taste before eating. The lunch was delicious and home made mackerel pate and tomato salsa went down well with everyone. The rose to accompany it was perfect. After making our purchases we were back on the bus and off to our next destination.

The second vineyard we visited was the Bluebell Vineyard near Sheffield Park Railway. This was a very different place much larger, less well organised. The wine tasting was odd in that the wine was poured, then the lady went off to do other things and see other people. There was a lot of her reading the back of the bottle. It could have been better, would have been nice to try the red as it isn’t produced in the uk generally. The setting however is stunning and so much more could be done here.

Alan our guide was superb, he was helpful, chatty, and full of information, he wasn’t intrusive but if you wanted his attention he was there. He spent time with each group, there was nothing he couldn’t answer and we had the best time

The bus driver and conductor were friendly and how she drove through some of those villages and lanes I don’t know, great respect
Written May 7, 2022
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Steve E
United Kingdom3 contributions
Sep 2021
Very knowledgeable and entertaining guides at both vineyards, food was lovely, and perfect for the occasion- all locally produced and served with freshly baked bread which was delicious! Good vegan option as well (My wife was very happy with the options available) We really enjoyed the scenic route through the sussex countryside between the vineyards on the classic bus, and of course the exquisite wines. I didn't realise that UK wines were so prominent and widely regarded for their quality. If you're into wine I can't think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon.
Written November 4, 2021
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Thanks for your review Steve! It was a pleasure meeting you both and i look forward to seeing you again in the new year! All the best Danny
Written November 24, 2021
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Andrew C
1 contribution
Jul 2021
This was an excellent day out in spite of the inclement weather. Danny and the team made things work so we only got as damp when it was unavoidable. The tour at Hidden Spring and Beacon Down were fascinating. Though not as well equipped for tourists as the big champagne houses, the end product of these English wine makers is comparable if not better than the best of the champenois. Lunch was unfussy and hit the spot. Highly recommended.
Written July 11, 2021
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Colette E
7 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Ridge view wine estate was fantastic, the tour was comprehensive and professionally delivered, great care and attention was paid to customer service, would highly recommend going there independently. The coach trip and the visit to Albourne estate was disappointing, due to weather concerns the hamper was changed to a buffet at a local pub. It was laughable and after being ushered through we we left hungry and more than a little cross. A half glass of wine was all that was offered and as much water as you could drink? At nearly £100 per head we expected more. We were then taken to Albourne house where our bombastic host with limited knowledge proceeded to publicly berate me for taking 2 taster drinks instead of 1. I explained that I only drank sparkling wine and that I would not be having the other 2 taster tipples on offer, bearing in mind when they say taster tour they mean a couple of mouthfuls of maximum 3 wines. Red faced I replaced the second drink. When I spoke to the tour guide to ask why the customer service was so below par he apologised and said he didn’t see it that way. I was genuinely taken aback as were my party. So unfortunately we won’t be recommending this tour company. Save your money and go to ridge view estate independently, They are a professional outfit and you will be look after well.
Written August 16, 2021
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GBwinetours
Dear Collette, at Great British Wine Tours we pride ourselves on excellent customer service so we are sorry to hear that you felt your experience on the Sussex Vineyard and Winery Tour was disappointing. Whilst we endeavour to offer the hamper as described, on this occasion we decided to offer a buffet at our local pub as the weather was forecast particularly bad on that day. As this tour was very soon after COVID restrictions had been lifted, we had to usher groups in one at a time to the buffet so guests would feel comfortable. At no point would we want anyone to feel that they had been publicly berated and we will ensure that in future all hosts make it clear what is available to guests at each tasting. We are delighted to hear that Ridgeview was a success.
Written August 31, 2021
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Alyson
5 contributions
Sep 2021
There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this trip, the bus, our guide Danny and the beautiful locations but I'm afraid my friend and I were disappointed about the actual wine tasting itself and the food.
Court Garden was excellent, very interesting and whilst we were not huge fans of the style of wine we did enjoy it. We were slightly disappointed in the amount provided, it felt a little parsimonious given the cost.
Unfortunately this did not improve at Albourne. The wine was even smaller in quantity and we only received 2 "glasses" of actual wine in the traditional sense and then there was a splash of Vermouth, an acquired taste and then a cocktail, containing this Vermouth, that was quite frankly unpleasant.
As to the picnic lunch, the meat was lovely, but not overly generous between 2 and the cheese was a bit odd, it was 3 types "welded" together in one large wedge. the bread was lovely and fresh and warm and the chutney was interesting but not a great accompaniment for the meats. In short a tad underwhelming.
Did we enjoy the day, yes, did we think it was good value for money, no I'm afraid not.
Written September 27, 2021
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GBwinetours
At Great British Wine Tours we pride ourselves on excellent customer service so we are sorry to hear that you felt your experience on the Sussex Vineyard and Winery Tour was underwhelming. We appreciate your feedback and will be dealing with it. We hope to welcome you back on another tour in the future.
Written September 28, 2021
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Redwine2812
Stoke-on-Trent, UK104 contributions
Sep 2021
Really disappointed in this. Date of booking had to be changed with no explanation. The itinerary stated Pub Lunch (we had bit of meat and cheese in a basket). It stated visit to 2 vineyards - Court Gardens Farm and Bluebell Vineyard Estates. Court Gardens was very good and the guide was very knowledgeable. The second stop was actually at Albourne Estate and was terrible - we had to use the same plastic cup for all the tastings and when I say all we only tasted 2 wines (1 sparkling and 1 still) - we were then given Vermouth and Negroni instead of wine. I got the impression the guide on the bus was obviously friends with the team at this estate. Spent a lot of time hanging around and was quite boring.

If you have been to wine tastings before, as we have, I would avoid this trip.
Written September 27, 2021
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GBwinetours
We are really sorry to hear that you found the tour disappointing. We shall continue our communication privately.
Written September 28, 2021
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Cerys K
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Couples
I was super disappointed to hear that my parents weren’t able to go on the vintage red bus tour that I had booked for their anniversary. They arrived and found themselves faced with a mini bus with no warning that they won’t be experiencing the full red bus experience. However, although the weather wasn’t amazing, they had a lovely time and would recommend the tour. In future if I was to book this tour again I would appreciate some warning about any part of the tour that isn’t happening so I could maybe rebook for another time when the full experience is going ahead.
Written August 9, 2021
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GBwinetours
We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review and delighted to hear that you parents enjoyed their day with us. We are really sorry that the Routemaster bus wasn't available on this occasion but due to staffing issues we were unable to use it. (the Routemaster requires a driver and conductor!). We only found out the day before that our Routemaster was unavailable so had to quickly make other arrangements. We take on board your comments about pre-warning guests if the bus becomes unavailable and will look to notify guests of any changes on the tour. We are always looking at ways to improve our tours and customer experience so really appreciate your constructive comments . - we look forward to hopefully seeing you or / and your parents on another tour soon :)
Written August 31, 2021
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Michi S
2 contributions
Jul 2021
A group of 10 of us did the Sussex wine tour yesterday for our friend's 30th birthday. We all had a great time and enjoyed everything from the more educational side of the tour to the wine tasting itself. Lunch at the Royal Oak was both a delicious and very welcome stop-off to enjoy some pints. Even though our group of 10 guys might've resembled more of a stag do, everyone involved in the tour was very accommodating and happy to have us.

Our guide Alan was fantastic from start to finish, providing great and amusing company, as well as being generally helpful, knowledgeable and patient. The same goes for tour guide at Court Garden Vineyard.

Big thanks from Hughie and the gang!
Written July 4, 2021
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Sarah B
Four Marks, UK48 contributions
Had a wonderful day on the bus tour of two local wineries all helped by the beautiful sunny weather. Court Garden, a lovely family run estate, where we walked into the vineyard & received a very informative explanation of the growing & harvesting as well as the different varietals they produce. We then headed back to the winery for another informative overview of the production process by the very humorous Hugo! Next was the tastings which included 4 different sparkling wines & then a picnic lunch & more wine. The second winery was the Albourne Estate where we had another informative talk by the lovely Monica before viewing the winery & then tasting their sparkling wine & vermouth. We then had time to visit the tasting room, perfectly positioned overlooking the Sussex Downs, with the chance to purchase wines to drink there & takeaway. A great day was had by all & we would highly recommend it.
Written September 26, 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review, Sarah! I have passed on your compliments to both Hugo and Monica which made them very happy - as well as us :) It was lovely to meet you and we hope to see you again soon All the best Danny
Written November 24, 2021
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Sam Taylor
13 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
This trip is brilliant. Danny is a excellent host and easy to chat to. We visited 2 vineyards that were off the beaten track. Both tours were interesting, had lots of detail and provided an overview of wine making in an interactive way. I really liked how we learnt about the process in a scientific way at Covent Garden and then saw the machines in the process at Hidden Springs. The host at Hidden Springs also has a fascinating view of the history of Champagne. As with anything, the characters you meet so make this experience.

I also enjoyed the charcuterie lunch. Everything was sourced within a few miles and I would seek out the chutney and biscuits again. It all turned up in a lovely wooden crate with picnic rugs an option. The rose wine with it was delicious. The best touch was the bread was still warm as it had only been delivered by the bakery an hour before we ate.

Lastly, the bus provides a special vantage point to view the beautiful countryside as you travel between vineyards. How the bus driver navigated some of thd twists and turns...I do not know!

We are now looking to organise a customised trip with Danny. Nothing seems to be too much trouble!
Written September 5, 2021
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Fantastic Day Out
A great way to see 2 vineyards in Sussex. First vineyard was Awesome and tended to spoil us for the second visit.
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Time to reminisce.
A lovely evening trip on a steam train on a return trip from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead . This included a fis
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Sussex wine tour
Lots of fun, lovely wine and cheese, very well organised and good fun even on a rainy day, would recommend.
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Beautiful views
Beautiful views of the cliffs Lovely beach walks Cafe operating a take away service Toilets on site Free parking fo
Jarrod M
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Brilliantly organised, Thanks!!!
Danny made sure we had a brilliant day out!!! Will definitely recommend to friends and family and try another one!
Carla S
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Best Tour! Your Expectations will be Exceeded.
Danny is a wonderful tour guide and we had such a lovely time. This tour is a great way to try two wineries and hav
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British wine & cheeses
An excellent day out, even weather was very British - a tad windy & wet. But this did not stop it been a most enjoy
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A great way to see some great Sussex breweries
Just completed the Kissingate and Hepwworth brewery tour. Danny from Great British Wine Tours was a great host. W
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Perfect Day
For one of my husbands 60th birthday gifts, we booked on this day trip. From the start Danny was so helpful with t
Mayslot
Mayslot
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Nicely Balance Tour
Went on the Smokery and Vineyard tour. The two balance each other nicely and the whole day was well paced with a ni
892StevenC
892StevenC
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A Great Day out
We went on the Bluebell Railway and Vineyard Tour. Well organised, the pick up was on time. We were joined by Danny
JamesMurdy
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Fantastic day out
I visited Kent vineyards with Great British Wine Tours. It was a memorable and fun experience. Danny is a friendly
Matthew T
Matthew T
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Fantastic way to see the countryside and try some amazing wines
Danny is an excellent host and really knows his stuff when it comes to Sussex wines. This is an ideal day out for c
les106
les106
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A nice day out, despite the rain
Unfortunately it decided to rain on the day of my tour - it was a bit chilly wandering around during the day, so be
Suki C
Suki C
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Perfect day tour!
We joined the tour mainly for the Seven Sisters cliff. Danny, our guide and driver, brought us to the spots where w
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