Head down to rural East Sussex, for your chance to meet one of the UK's true eco-pioneers - the grandfather of organic viticulture, Roy Cook. Not only did Roy start the first organic vineyard in 1979, but in late 2010, Sedlescombe became the first vineyard to release 'Biodynamic' English Wine.
In 2013 Sedlescombe gained an International award for their 2011 Regent Red, the first English red to gain recognition beyond these shores. Nowadays, we specialize in Wine Gifts. Wine Gifts for Businesses, Friends, Family - in fact these special Eco wines and Vineyard Tour vouchers make great gifts for all Wine Lovers! Choose from a variety of attractive wine boxes, including the luxury pine box with sliding lid and rope handle which for business wine gifts can be printed with your company logo.
Visitors to Sedlescombe enjoy a visit to this part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where they get to see organic and biodynamic farming in action. Following a trail around 3 vineyards and an ancient English woodland visitors have a tour of the Winery and then its on to the 'Bar-in-the Barn' for the tasting of a range of whites, red and sparkling wines.
Designed so that the vineyards are in tune with the earth's rhythms, biodynamic methods are enjoying a revival world-wide says Roy. 'Many of the early pioneering organic vineyards of the 80's have transitioned to biodyanmic as a move against the standardization of wines around the world and a return to 'terroir' where wines of different regions are distinct from other regions'.
'Our first biodynamic wine was called 'First Release' - a Dry White, with a medium-dry and red in 2011 and the sparkling in 2012. Tour Vouchers can be redeemed any time between 1st March and 31st October. If you're wondering when to visit, try May and don't miss the bluebells in the woodland walk. Whether you choose the self-guided tour or join up with a group, all visits end with a tutored tasting of a selection of Sedlescombe wines, fruit juices and liqueurs.