Surrey and Hampshire is home to many award-winning vineyards, breweries and distilleries. Most offer tours and free tastings, providing an ideal opportunity to get together with friends and hire a coach to enjoy a relaxing day out without holding back on sampling the goods! These are some of the most popular venues to visit by coach in Surrey and Hampshire.
Denbies Wine Estate
Denbies Wine Estate offers a range of indoor and outdoor tours plus dining packages and a train tour. Based in Dorking, Surrey, the estate has been family owned and run since 1984 and its vineyard was planted in 1986. Since then, it’s become one of the largest wine producers 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. For further information visit http://www.denbies.co.uk
Steeped in years of history and tradition, the legendary Bombay Sapphire distillery is home to one of the world’s most renowned gin brands. Housed in a 300 year old paper Mill near Whitchurch, Hampshire, within a Conservation Area with over 1000 years of history as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the location has been transformed into a state of the art, sustainable distillery and renamed Laverstoke Mill which is the perfect setting to showcase the unique Vapour Infusion distillation process and the ten exotic botanicals that go into every drop of the world class gin. The botanicals can be explored in their natural state in the stunning glasshouses which are a perfect juxtaposition to the surrounding Georgian and Victorian architecture. For more details visit http://distillery.bombaysapphire.com
Hogs Back Brewery
The Hogs Back Brewery is a small, family owned brewery in Tongham, in the heart of the old Surrey hop-growing region. Known for its flagship real ale, TEA (Traditional English Ale), a favourite of cask conditioned ale drinkers throughout the UK, the company first opened its doors in 1992 in 18th century farm buildings. More recently Hogstar Lager and Hazy Hog cider have been added to the range for a more contemporary feel as well as unique green-hopped beers and Montezuma’s, the world’s first real chocolate lager. In 2014, the company planted its own traditional hop garden, just across the road from the brewery. It’s the first new hop garden in the immediate Farnham area for over 100 years. To find out more visit https://www.hogsback.co.uk
Albury Organic Vineyard
Albury Organic Vineyard is situated on the southern slopes of the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey Hills, just outside Guildford on the A25 towards Dorking. The vines are the traditional Champagne varietals of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as some Seyval and Pinot Gris. The family-friendly and relaxed vineyard produces a still rosé and quality sparkling wines, the first of which was released for sale in May 2015. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy overlooking the magnificent Surrey Hills while sampling the chilled wines. Vineyard tour and tasting days run during the spring and summer months. Further details are available on the website http://www.alburyvineyard.com