An award-winning broadcaster, journalist and author, Susy Atkins has travelled the world writing, tasting and educating about wine for more than 25 years. Susy's credits include being a wine expert and presenter on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, the resident wine expert on Channel 4's Richard & Judy, a regular contributor to Radio 4 and the author of 11 popular books, including Wine Wisdom, How to Choose Wine and How to Make Your Own Drinks.
Visit Kent's award-winning vineyards with Susy Atkins - CANCELLED
We're sorry to announce that this tour has been cancelled for June 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic and related restrictions.
English wines have earned a fantastic reputation in recent
years, with some of the finest bottles coming out of the
award-winning vineyards and wineries of Kent and Sussex.
On this exclusive three-day tour you'll visit some of these vineyards with wine expert Susy Atkins. Susy will share her knowledge during a tour and tasting at The Mount Vineyard, then join you in the evening for a private talk and Q&A session.
Staying at the four-star The Spa Hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells, you will also visit the Hush Heath Estate in nearby Tonbridge. Its English sparkling wine was the first of its kind to be served in British Airways First Class and was the official wine of the London 2012 Summer Olympics. You'll enjoy a guided tour of the fabulous Chapel Down vineyard with a tutored tasting, then have a picnic lunch in the woodlands of Bluebell Vineyard.
Reasons to book
Meet wine expert Susy Atkins
Vineyards and gardens
Luxury stay in Royal Tunbridge Wells
Your expert guides
- Taste wine with Susy Atkins at the award-winning The Mount Vineyard.
- Hear a private talk and Q&A session from Susy.
- Enjoy tours and tastings at the vineyards of Hush Heath, Chapel Down and Bluebell.
- Visit Sissinghurst gardens.
- Stay for two nights with B&B and one dinner at the four-star The Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells.
- Dine at The Swan Wine Kitchen and picnic at Bluebell Vineyard.
- Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager.
Day1Mount VineyardShoreham, United Kingdom
You will depart from our pick-up points in London and Gatwick and head towards Kent for the first visit, the award-winning Mount Vineyard near Shoreham. Here you will have a guided tour through the vines and learn about the wonders of English viticulture, followed by a tasting of five different wines. You will be joined here by wine expert Susy Atkins, who will share her own insights into English wines.
You will then continue to our hotel, the lovely 4-star Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells. Dinner will be served in the evening, after which Susy Atkins will give a wine-themed talk and host a Question and Answer session
Day2Hush Heath-Sissinghurst-Chapel DownSissinghurst, United Kingdom
This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, you will set off for the Hush Heath Estate near Tonbridge, which has been producing award-winning wines since 2002, with their flagship Balfour Brut Rosé being the first English sparkling wine to be served in British Airways First Class and the official English wine of the 2012 London Olympics. Our guided tour of the vineyard is followed by a tasting of six wines, ciders or beers from the comfort of The View tasting room.
After lunch (not included) in a nearby pub, we continue to the magnificently manicured gardens of Sissinghurst. This famous garden was created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson from 1930 onwards and became the most admired English Garden of its time. Sissinghurst is a large connoisseurs' garden consisting of a series of small romantic areas enclosed by the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion. It is surely as close to gardening perfection as you can get, and it continues to be one of the most-copied flower gardens in the world.
Later in the afternoon you move on to the Chapel Down vineyard for a behind-the-scenes guided tour, followed by a tutored tasting of their award-winning still and sparkling wines. You then make your way to the adjacent Swan Wine Kitchen and enjoy a three-course dinner with wine.
A coach will be there to return you to the hotel after dinner.
Day3Bluebell VineyardHaywards Heath, United Kingdom
This morning after a leisurely breakfast you will travel into neighbouring East Sussex for your last visit, the Bluebell Vineyard at Furners Green. The now familiar vineyard tour will be followed by a tutored tasting of award-winning current releases and as a final treat you will enjoy a catered picnic in the woodlands (weather permitting of course). You then return to our original departure points.
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