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Wedding Wines in the South East of England

July 11, 2014
South East top wedding wines


laithwaitesLaithwaites – As well as supplying wines from around the world Laithwaites own vineyard produces an award winning sparkling wine and a fine Chardonnay produced at their Theale headquarters.
You don’t even need to visit the vineyard as they deliver direct, however we recommend you do pop by to sample a glass or two and talk to Laithwaites’ experts in their stores which can be found across the South and Midlands.
There is also offer a “Wedding Wine Service” with in-store tastings and glass hire with handy hints and tips on their website.
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East Sussex

bluebellBluebell Vineyard – Bluebells create “vintage” wines (which means wines made from grapes all grown in the same year). They are all multi award winners having picked up a hatful of regional and national awards. Their website gives handy hints letting you know which of their fine wines would best suit which course.
Not only are the situated in one of the most idyllic and picturesque parts of Sussex but they’re also jolly friendly and you can contact them to look into ordering your wedding wine direct from the vineyard. It doesn’t get better than that.
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SedlescombeSeddlescombe Vineyards – Hold onto your hats because not only will you find fantastic bottles of award winning fizz (sparkling wine), whites, reds and rose wines… not only do they also produce liqueurs, ciders and fruit wines as well… its not just that you can get a tour of the vineyard and take home a taster pack to sample at your leisure… The fact that their wines are organic and still unbelievably good. We’re even casually skipping past the online ordering and delivery service. But if you do go for a visit (and when picking your wedding wine you really should!) they also do cream teas! Who thought wine tasting could get more exciting?!?
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ridgeviewRidgeview – This family run business which has been producing sparkling wine since 1994 has a trophy cabinet stuffed full of awards which speaks volumes of their pedigree at their Dithcling Common Vineyard. Their superb bottles are available from a number of fine wine merchants however you can buy direct from their website (they’re also really helpful so you can give them a call to discuss your wedding needs).
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West Sussex

bolney wine estateBolney Wine Estate – Thanks to a local relative this lucky writer has popped into the Bolney Vineyard Café on numerous occasions an I can heartily recommend it, not just for the food or speciality teas (which are both excellent) but for the fact that you can try their wines by the glass to decide which bottle/s to take home (for me its usually been plural). Their award winning produce is well worth a trip to Bolney where you can talk to their team about your wedding to make sure your guests’ cup’s runneth over with excellent wine.
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nyetimberNyetimber – Nyetimber estate dates back to the Doomsday book (1086) but the first vines weren’t planted until around 900 years later… Well you can rush these things but in our humble opinion the good folks at Nyetimber seem to have got their timing spot on. However it’s not our opinion that counts although judging by the large number of awards and places you will spot Nyetimber, Ascot and in the hands of notable luminaries such as Tracey Emin, cast members from Game of Thrones, Kirstie Allsopp and no less than wine boff Bo Jo himself! If it’s good enough for Boris Johnson…

albourne vineyardAlbourne Vineyard – Albourne’s land has had an interesting life, a cricket pitch around the 1900’s it was then turned into an onion field to help the war effort. Thankfully it now produces award winning wines in the greatest traditions of English fizz (which dates back to 1697). If you believe in buying wines that aren’t just he best but local to boot you’ll be pleased to know that you can order direct online.

lurgas hallLurgas Hall – If you’re looking for something a bit different for your wedding then Lurgas Hall is definitely the place for you. Blackberry, Elderberry, Elderflower, Gooseberry, Plum, Rhubarb, Rose Petal and Silver Birch wines are among the spectacular wines on offer for a “true taste of England”. You’ll also find traditional English liqueurs and meads perfect for any English summer wedding, especially if you’re planning a retro feel to your big day.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays you can pop in for a taste.

highdown vineyardHighdown Vineyard – Nestled on the slopes on the South Downs you’ll find not just a great selection of wines but also a fantastic wedding venue. Highdown Vineyard has been growing its grapes since 1985 and each year they produce still and sparkling wines ideal for your wedding reception tables. We’d certainly recommend a visit so you can also take a look at their bespoke wedding packages with offer something for every budget in a truly idyllic setting.
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chapel downChapel Down – The garden of England provides perfect wine growing conditions which could be one of the many reasons Chapel Down have produced vintages that have won them so many awards. You‘ll find every type of wine to cater for your big day as well as beers and “curios brews” using the best local produce.
You can buy their world class at their wine and fine food store which does make for an excellent afternoon in the country and having sampled you head home and order online for delivery to your door or wedding venue.
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bibben vineyardsBibbenden Vineyards – Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard has a fine tradition in wine production. You can quench the thirst of your entire wedding with award winning sparkling wines for your toasts, wines, ciders and even farm pressed fruit juices for the younger guests and non drinkers. You can pop into the coffee shop any day of the week, there are also free guided tours where you can get a taste of Kent and decide which of their fine wines will adorn your table on your wedding day.
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hush heathHush Heath Estate – This 400 acre estate is responsible for producing the award winning Balfour Brut Rose which will rival any French Champagne (and let’s not forget it was the English who perfected sparkling wine first!). But it’s not just your toast glasses you can fill thanks to Hush Heath, white wines, red, rose, even sparkling ciders are available.
Our top tip would be to pre-order one of their hampers and make a day of it as you take a day to relax while still doing vitally important wedding research (thankfully you can order online so you won’t need to take it all home there and then).


danebury vineyardsDanebury Vineyards – If you’re local to Hampshire you have probably already heard of Danebury’s wines, if you haven’t really should introduce yourself to these award winning still and sparkling wines. They are regulars at wine festivals however their friendly team have a wealth of knowledge on hand if you are planning a large wedding and wish to order direct. Visits to the vineyard are by appointment only.
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hattingley valleyHattingley Valley – Hattingley are open for tours during the week which is a great reason to sneak off with the hubby to be in order to do some crucial research (you can get the “local package” which includes a pub lunch) and enjoy some respite from the rest of your wedding planning in a perfect setting. Their team of experts will be on hand to answer any questions on their premium sparkling wines so you and your guests can enjoy local flavours on your special day.
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hambledonHambledon Vibeyard – Hambledon have been producing wine since 1952 and have never stopped striving for perfection. They offer English excellence which is perfect to grace any wedding table and is a fine way to toast the happy couple and their guests on the big day. Wine tours and tastings are available throughout the year and are kept relaxed and informative by the experts, oh and of course there is sampling on offer, well “when in Rome…”. You’ll get a taste of their superb sparkling wines for which the grapes are grown and the wine crafted in on Hampshire soil.
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denbiesDenbies – Family run Denbies Vineyard is proud of its firm Surrey roots although it’s finely produced wines travel around the world. However if you’re looking to keep things local and drink the best of English wines at your wedding then you can also find a great venue at Denbies Vineyard where complete wedding packages are available. So you can book a tour, sample their spectacular array of white, red, rose and sparkling wines and take an extra sample away from the gift shop.
When ordering for your wedding you can buy direct online.
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greyfriars vineyardGreyfriars Vineyard – Greyfriars have been crafted their wines since 1989, creating quality sparkling wine is not a quick process but love and dedication has produced two excellent wines that would grace any wedding reception. The good folks at Greyfriars are also working on still wines which will be available from their online shop which is coming soon. In the meantime their friendly team are happy to help and answer any questions to help provide you with some fine vintage fizz for your wedding.
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forty hallForty Hall Vineyard – This is the first commercial scale vineyard to grace London since the middle ages and is helping to create a social and wellbeing oasis for the wider community. Though still maturing they created their first vintage in 2013 and will soon be producing on a larger commercial scale. The prospect of a London wine has turned more than a few heads and will make a great inclusion to any London wedding. To find out more about the project or even get involved you can visit their website.
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