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Sedlescombe Vineyards

Head  down to rural East Sussex, for your chance to meet one of the UK’s true eco-pioneers. Sedlescombe Vineyard likes being first. Not only the first organic vineyard in 1979,  but as of late 2010, Sedlescombe is home to England’s first biodynamic vineyard.

Roy and Erma Cook Sussex Wine GrowersRoy  and Irma Cook now run 23 acres in several plots including the original 10-acre  south-facing plot by their friendly visitor centre and shop in Sedlescombe, as  well as the vineyard behind the famous moated castle at Bodiam.

“Our  vineyards, organic for 30 years, are now teeming with wild-life”, says Roy. “Insects are attracted to the flowering green  manure cover crops grown to improve soil fertility, and in turn they attract  birds with resident pheasants enjoying the cover these crops provide”. Since the biodynamic conversion the organic vineyards are also in  tune with the earth’s rhythms. The aptly  named ‘First Release’ is a dry white whose label features the moon – a nod to  the incorporation of lunar and cosmic rhythms in their ‘new age’ farming methods.

The Vineyard & Woodland Nature Trail are a ‘must do’ experience if  you’re anywhere near historic 1066 Country.  Whether you choose the self-guided tour or join up with a group, all visits end  with a tutored tasting of a selection of Sedlescombe wines, fruit juices and  liqueurs.

Staying in the area and want to see more vineyards?
Stay at which is only 700 yards from Rye high st with lots of secure parking and they will even arrange a vineyard tour with food on the way round. Call Saltcote Place to book direct on 01797 222220

OPEN: 10.30am to 5.30pm Every Day

Nearby there’s  the delights of Bodiam Castle for the  young and those young at heart. Often used in films, the vineyards stretch down  to its borders.

UK Phone Number: 01580 830715     (or International: 441580 830715)

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard
Hawkhurst Rd,
Cripps Corner,
East Sussex,
TN32 5SA,