2022 tour dates now available. Click to Book a Vineyard Tour.

2021 Diary of a Tour Season

We closed the vineyard gates and locked up the wine lodge for the last time this year on Saturday. Time for us to go into our own winter dormancy and keep out of the way of harvest…fingers crossed there is one this year.

The weather has been quite atrocious this year. The English Vineyard Tours hoodies and Trotton Estate Vineyards umbrellas were well used this season and too many tastings took place inside rather than out on the deck overlooking the vineyards.

Over the last four and a half months we’ve welcome 627 guests to Trotton Estate Vineyards (plus 7 dogs), served 173 Harbour Hamper picnics and tasted 19.3kg of Sussex Charmer cheese. We’ve hosted numerous private events including birthday parties, stag & hen dos, anniversary parties, family reunions, ramblers, cyclists, networking events and corporate groups. We’ve tasted 63 bottles of the Award-Winning Spectacular Sparkling, 63 bottles of Brilliant Bacchus, finishing off the 2018, the Award Winning 2019 and making a little dent in the 2020. It’s been an absolute blast and we’ve loved welcoming everyone to the vineyard.

Attention now turns to 2022 and we are thrilled to announce we’ll be back at Trotton Estate Vineyards for a third year in a row. The diary is now open with the first tour scheduled for Saturday 7th May at 11am, Friday’s will be added back in from 1st July for all the summer staycationers visiting the area for long weekends; click to Book a Vineyard Tour or to check availability. Private events are available to book from May, subject to availability with minimum numbers of 8, get in touch via our contact us page and if available we’d be delighted to host you and your group.

With only 33 weeks to wait until our first tour of 2022 we’ll be keeping ourselves busy with writing, planning, and doing something creative with all the corks we’ve kept from this season’s tours. If you don’t already, follow us on Instagram to keep up to date with all our latest news and updates.

For now, we hope you enjoy the last of the summer wine. We certainly will whilst keeping our fingers and toes crossed for all the vineyards who’ve not had the easiest year, the whole team wish all the English & Welsh vineyards the very best of luck with the 2021 harvest!