When keen polo players Robin & Carolyn Butler retired themselves and their beloved ponies from playing they soon found themselves with empty fields and a bit more time on their hands. They soon realised that their beautiful south facing slopes on a belt of green sand meant they were the ideal conditions for growing grapes.
In 2013 the decision was made and they planted their first Trotton Estate Vineyard with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Plantings of Bacchus and Pinot Gris (Grigio) soon followed and in 2015 their first still wine was produced which immediately won Silver Medal at the Sommeliers Wine Awards in 2017. 2018 saw the launch of their first Spectacular Sparkling made in the traditional method, the same method used for centuries in Champagne - the reviews have been....Spectacular, hence the name!
Picnics by Harbour Hampers are also available to book, simply add them to your cart when purchasing your Trotton Estate Vineyard tour tickets. Handmade to order the hampers are delivered freshly on the day and include a delicious three course picnic to be enjoyed in the vineyard at leisure.
The tour will start with a leisurely walk through the Trotton Estate Vineyards finishing off with a tasting in the wine lodge. We’ll guide you through the vineyard history, the grapes grown and the wine making processes used.
Tours are available to book from May through to the end of August. The diary is now open for 2022 with tours starting on Saturday 7th May at 11am and from July we'll be adding the Friday tour back in for all you 'staycationers' who are visiting for a long weekend. Tours last between 90 - 120 minutes depending on how chatty the group is!
No need to bring a physical ticket; tell us the order number or give us your name, we will have records of both.
Please check the weather forecast and be suitably prepared – remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. Remember to bring suitable outdoor footwear and wet weather clothing or umbrellas just in case.
Detailed directions will be provided along with confirmation email upon booking.