Bluebell Vineyard Estates
Bluebell Vineyard Estates
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Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Situated between the famous Bluebell Steam Railway and the historic Sheffield Park and Garden in Sussex, Bluebell Vineyard is one of the UK's leading sparkling wine producers. Established in 2005, we specialise in the production of award-winning estate-grown English Sparkling Wines using the methode traditionelle. We use the classic champagne grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier along with Seyval Blanc to produce sparkling wines that evoke the flavours and aromas of England. Our beautiful estate is open to visitors all year round for tours and tastings along with self guided walks around our vineyard and woodlands.
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  • Martin W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely afternoon
    Lovely way to spend an afternoon, interesting and informative. Our guide, Margaret, was charming, tasting samples were generous and the wines are great! We couldn't resist stocking up - slightly disappointed there was no bulk discount, but overall a great experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 24, 2023
  • Peter S
    Haywards Heath, United Kingdom45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic wine and cheese tasting!
    A fabulous visit to a superb local winery! As we were the only guests on the wine and cheese tasting (booked for my birthday present from last year), the excellent Keith showed us round the vineyard, explaining the history of the place and the different grapes and how the growing and picking processes work all year round. After a look at the wine pressing and processing areas, we then had an amazing tasting session of wonderful whites and amazing sparkling wines, matched with different cheeses, and we even tried the new Merlot which was first class! Time was no issue and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. A must do if you love wine and are in the area!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 28, 2023
  • Susan C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Accommodating, unique wines and cheeses.
    Lovely place to visit. Wines are very unique and taste so good. Plus, the cheeses on offer were very yummy,we bought some and even went back to buy more. Very accommodating and interesting knowledge on the vineyard. Would recommend a visit or you can go there for a lunch break.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 15, 2023
  • hazaroundtown
    London, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love morning out
    Really impressed by the tour and the wines. The tour was intimate (just five of us plus the guide) and really informative - a good mix of history and stories about the current vineyard. Good selection of wines to try at the end (and very generous measures!). Our favourites were the white sparklings)
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Jayshree
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wine and Cheese tasting vineyard tour
    Has the almost amazing day, tour of the vineyard with wine tasting and cheese pairing. EvOur tour guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I have done tours to other vineyards and this was one of the best. The setting is beautiful and you are surrounded by rolling countryside, It’s a relatively small vineyard but has lots to offer. Great day out. I would highly recommend it. As a tip, I think they might benefit from a small cafe serving basic food such as sandwiches and snacks as I would love to have eaten there in such lovely surrounding.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 26, 2023
  • BBHighwycombe
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Idyllic setting and delicious wine
    Had such a lovely morning here on our way home from Brighton. Did a wine tasting sat in the glorious grounds with some informative help from the lovely person in charge that day. Went for a beautiful walk with our kids in their woods and came away with 3 sensational bottles of wine. Drinking the Ashdown Blend today reminded me to review our lovely time there!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • SomeoneSomewhere
    Crowborough, United Kingdom3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great real experience.
    A relaxed, friendly, knowleadgable tour guide made this a great experience. And the wine is full of character (and across a range of taste experiences). All of it is nice, most wine lovers should find something to enjoy in most (if not all) of the wines being tasted.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Zeta
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent birthday treat!
    A really excellent afternoon yesterday from start to finish! We were a little late as the road was blocked & we eventually found the other entrance. Margaret is a lovely lady who took us on the tour, explaining everything in a really interesting way! We learnt quite a lot! The wine tasting part was great, not rushed at all & Margaret who had probably done it so many times! presented the wines & cheeses in an enthusiastic manner! We bought 3 bottles of sparkling & currently enjoying a bottle for my birthday today! We would definitely recommend this tour & wine tasting with lovely cheeses!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Tourist770588
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful experience - would recommend to all.
    My partner and I took a tour & tasting at Bluebell Vineyard and it was brilliant from beginning to end. Keith was the perfect tour guide, talking us through the fascinating process behind how they make their still and sparkling wines, and answering all our questions along thew way. The tasting was superb too, with 5 different wines to try and an optional accompanying cheese course. The place had a great buzz about it, and the views were phenomenal. On top of all this, the price was right too. Will definitely be returning with some friends later in the summer :)
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Nigel S
    Shepperton, United Kingdom42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An enjoyable afternoon experience
    A friendly, small vineyard with knowledgeable staff. The cheese selection was of high quality and carefully paired with the wines we tasted. The tour was simple, clear and a good explanation of the history, terroir and methods of this particular vineyard. We enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon and made small purchases to help their profits! It will be interesting to see how they develop.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
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Katy Hank
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Lovely way to spend a few hours. The vineyard was kind enough to support a local charity and I was the recipient of 4 free places on the tour and tasting session. The grounds were picturesque and after a tour of the vines and equipment we were seated under a marquee for the tasting. For those wanting a COVID-safe trip the outdoor nature of the tasting is a plus.

Our guide (poss Jenny) was knowledgable about the history of the vineyard, the grapes, the process and the reception of each wine. She was friendly and made everyone feel welcome.

We tried fairly good sized tasting glasses, one still white followed by a rose, sparkling rose, a cuvée and the blanc de Blancs. Jenny also asked if we wanted to try a sparkling red as we had been discussing this earlier in the tour which was a nice touch. The wines were excellent!

All in all it was a really enjoyable trip and I felt impressed with our guide as she was young but super professional and aware of the burgeoning industry.
Written August 17, 2020
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Neala O
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited on 7th Feb and had a wonderful time with my family, there were 14 of us including 4 kids who thoroughly enjoyed themselves too.
We got very lucky with the weather as it was a beautiful sunny day, the wonderful Lee gave us a very informative tour of the vineyard, she was then a wonderful fun host for our wine tasting. I would highly recommend visiting and I will definitely come back and see the vineyard during a different season too, a beautiful place with some incredible wine, what’s not to love!
Written March 3, 2020
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MikeH58
UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We had an excellent visit for a Wine and Cheese Tour and Tasting. Sally was our guide and was outstandingly good- friendly and extremely knowledgeable and informative. we sense she adapts the tour to the needs and interests of her guests. The wine (and cheese) was exquisite and it was a joy that it was a tasting session without the usual pressure to buy. That said the wine did its job- and we left with a case we purchased! We would highly recommend this place both for the tour and amazingly you can bring a picnic and just wander around their designated paths- with no charge. We will definitely be returning throughout the year.

Once again our thanks to Sally who was absolutely brilliant at her job.
Written March 11, 2022
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Guy D
Berkhamsted, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We went as a family group on a chilly, showery morning in November and received a warm welcome from Howard, who proved a relaxed, congenial and knowledgeable host. The vineyard tour was a bit constrained by the weather but was interesting and informative. We were joined by one other person, whose review, I think, precedes this one. He proved engaging, very knowledgeable, and contributed very positively to the occasion. The range of wines they make is extraordinary, and the quality of those we tasted was excellent. The only thing I missed was a tasting sheet as a reminder of the wines tasted.

It was a top flight birthday gift from my daughter who lives locally and I certainly hope to be back again before too long. As everyone else seems to say, highly recommended - if you're in the area, don't miss out!
Written November 9, 2023
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GloriousFood1
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Tranquil and rural location, exceptional wines and cheeses and the guide was both highly knowledgeable and passionate about English wine and the Bluebell Vineyard.

We left with a couple of Blanc de Blanc's.

I would recommend a visit.
Written February 28, 2022
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Nicky B
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We managed to pick a day when it didn’t rain!
The views over the Bluebell Railway and valley
were amazing and we were lucky enough to get to see the steam train in action.
The vineyard itself was a wonderful place to visit. We were greeted enthusiastically by Bertie (official title is reception Labrador)
And then met Keith who would be our guide.
The site is quite compact but has everything that you need to grow, press and bottle their wine. On to the tasting. We tasted 5 wines officially and 1 not on the tour but we were a very small group (2 couples and their dog, more on that later). The wine was outstanding and for me the top 3 are the sparkling Rose, the Blanc de blanc and my favourite, the Cuvee. Keith throughout the tour was a great guide and knowledgeable host. He was happy to spend time talking about the wines and many other subjects. This officially ended the tour but we were kindly invited to stay and chat and finish a bottle or two. We ended up buying a half case of mixed wines and will definitely be opening one this Easter Sunday.
There is also the option of walking around the estate either before or after.
They really are dog friendly and they are allowed everywhere not just outside.
Fab day.
Written March 31, 2024
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Juliette B
London, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Absolutely perfect experience - value for money for a wine tasting was fabulous and unlike some wine tastings where you're told what you're tasting it was much more of a conversation about the wines and the years and the experience. Can't recommend highly enough. A wander around the grounds felt very personal and special too.
Written September 15, 2020
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TanyaTigerlily
Greater London, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We felt like we had stepped out of our car straight into France, with beautiful surroundings and glorious sunshine, which was a bonus. The wine and cheese tasting was heaven. Our group really enjoyed all of them, even though 2 aren’t usually over keen on white wine or Rosé. The staff were very warm, welcoming and informative. The tour was really interesting, we just wish we had been able to stay longer so we could explore the vineyard further after our session but had to leave as had booked a table in a restaurant nearby. Look forward to visiting again.
Written July 26, 2022
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JackDavis
Wootton Bassett10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
A well described tour of the vineyard and winery, with an excellent tasting of various wines at the end. This was finished off by a trip to the shop and a purchase of a couple of bottles of the type enjoyed in the wine tasting, the weather was kind so a good afternoon was spent here. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in wine and the production process, to achieve a good bottle of wine.
Written September 4, 2021
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DJWenzel
Southwater, UK115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Received a gift from family for my wife and I for a vineyard tour, wine tasting and lunch at a nearby pub. Thoroughly enjoyed and well recommended either as an experience or as a gift for someone.

We’ve done a few tours before, so we had something to compare with. We liked the thorough explanation given by the guide from the history of the land before the vineyard, through the planting and lifecycle of the vines, and each stage of wine production. Not too much walking, as the main site is quite compact. The friendly nature of the people made it a really good insight into the wine production business. The five wines sampled were excellent, and we purchased a couple of bottles in the shop to enjoy at home.

Two course lunch was provided in a local pub, The Crown, with the voucher. Excellent gastropub food and friendly service. Also thoroughly recommended.
Written October 8, 2021
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