Indie takes the tourism route

Sussex Wine Company's new venture helps put English wine on the map

An independent wine retailer is setting up a new business to encourage wine tourism in the south of England.

Sussex Wine Company, based in Lewes, is launching English Vine Tours in the New Year and offering half-day, one-day and two-day trips to local wine producers.

Georgie Furst, who has set up English Vine Tours with husband Ben, said: "We thought it was time to bring attention to this wonderful industry.

"We're giving the public the opportunity to visit some of England's finest vineyards, taste the delights of English wine and enjoy the beauty of the English countryside."

All tours will be led by a wine expert and clients will be ferried between sites in a private minibus. Two-day trips will include a night in a hotel, and one-day tours will typically end either with a visit to Plumpton Racecourse or Glyndebourne opera house. Bespoke itineraries are also possible.

"This venture is clearly about promoting the English wine industry but also local produce, local business and our homegrown talent," said Georgie. "It's about celebrating England and supporting our local economy when the global one has let us down so badly."

Vineyards and wineries involved in the project include Breaky Bottom, Bookers, Sedlescombe, Plumpton College, Carr Taylor and Biddenden.

The company's website can be found at

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