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“Very good visit”

Denbies Wine Estate
Ranked #3 of 23 things to do in Dorking
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Denbies Estate, based in Dorking, Surrey, has been family owned and run since 1984. Denbies vineyard was planted in 1986, and since then has become one of the largest wine producers in the UK. Denbies core business is agriculture and we are pleased to be able to offer visitors an insight into wine production in the UK. Denbies wine now competes on an international level, including multiple gold awards for sparkling wine production, the first ever gold for an English rose wine and most recently an international gold for Denbies Noble Harvest Dessert wine. We are honoured over the years to have welcomed several members of the Royal family to the estate, completing the historical connections which date back to Prince Albert in 1851. The Surrey Hills is a beautiful area to live in and while you are visiting do take advantage of the surrounding areas, including 7 miles of public footpath which trail throughout the vineyard. Thank you for visiting Denbies Wine Estate. If you have any questions during your visit, our staff will be very happy to assist you in any matter. We very much hope that you will enjoy your visit.
Reviewed September 22, 2013

This visit was linked to staying at Wotton House Hotel, a gift for my husband's birthday. The guide round the winery, Mona was very informative and obviously loved her job.She was very informative concerning the wine making processes, and included wine tasting. We also did the outside visit, on a small train through the vineyards and surrounding estate. Geoff, the guide again had a great sense of humour as well as imparting a lot of information. Lunch in the restaurant was very good. Can thoroughly recommend a visit here.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We had booked a sparkling wine tour with Groupon, and despite arriving late due to problems on M25, the welcome we received was first class - thank you to Karen on reception desk. She told us that the next tour was at 2pm and happily transferred us to that time, and then explained what there was to see and do until our tour began. We started by having lunch in the conservatory restaurant - decent food, reasonably priced and everyone from servers to checkout were friendly and helpful. Then some shopping in the gift shop, and a further treat of local crafts in the lobby and first floor. We still had the farm shop and plant shop to explore when we realised it was tour time. Glasses collected from reception and all aboard the land train for a very entertaining and informative commentary from Steve. The views are amazing and I will go back to have a walk through the estate, which is clearly used by so many as a walking and cycling route. It was a very enjoyable afternoon, and a good excuse to get the gang together over a glass of wine.

2  Thank Stonehugger
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

We booked a wine and food experience. The food was a side plate between two people - four pieces of cheese, two stuffed tomatoes, two pieces of chicken! Three small tastes of wine in a group with no tie in to the food. There is a 1 minute car ride through a very small area, with no explanation of the wine production process. The tour leader was very personable but the whole thing seemed neglected and disappointing. I was going to bring my friend later in the year, but not now. I wouldn't recommend it. We had to go and get lunch in the cafe afterwards and the guys who worked there were unprofessional - one was picking his nose to one side, and the other was using the f word all the time as he stacked the counters. Seems like the owners have stopped caring.

1  Thank CMTB
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We have been to Denbies several times for a coffee and a walk around the vineyard over the last few years. It's great because you don't need to pay for parking and the views are lovely. The conservatory canteen is nice for a rest after your walk but some of the foods are overpriced. My father in law visited recently and we decided to do the indoor tour as he is not up to walking around the estate itself. We initially congregated in the 360 degree cinema. The video footage was dated, of poor quality and did not really talk about the wine making process. My husband did this tour about 18 years ago and said that the video is still the same! Upon starting the tour we were then advised that the train which takes you around was out of order and we would have to walk around. We were upset that there was no mention of this when we paid for our tickets (and no discount offered for the lack of train). We continued on the tour and luckily it wasn't too strenuous for my father in law. We had opted for the standard wine tour as opposed to the sparkling tasting tour. There is no difference except what you get to taste at the end of the tour. Some people had paid extra for the cheese and wine tour; they were on the same tour as us they just got cheese to taste as well. I do not think it was worth the extra money. The guide tried to be upbeat and as informative as possible but it wasn't easy to hear her talking over the whole group. The wines to sample at the end weren't very nice either so all three of us left disappointed.

Thank AnnJo19
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We booked the winery tour with food and wine on groupon. So happy we didn't pay full price as it was very disappointing and the £12 we paid was more than enough. The tour started with a 360 degree cinema showing the history of the winery estate which was quite interesting, but didn't actually show the making of wine. We then walked around the winery and were showed the machines but nothing was actually happening, there was supposed to be an indoor train but this was out of order. The tour guide was pleasant but with 30 people walking at different paces it was difficult to hear or learn anything. The tasting itself was the only redeeming part as we got 3 small glasses to taste and the canapés that we supposed to be served was actually a side plate covered with cling film with a couple of nibbles. Do not pay the full price unless its the time of year when wine is being made!

3  Thank Nicola B
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