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The British wine industry has emerged as one of the best in the world. Wine is a product with over 200 aromatic esters and it is this complexity that means no two regions produce the same combination of flavours. The Weald is also the area of the UK with the highest density of vineyards. They are all vying with each other to be the best.
For maximum enjoyment and to really get a handle on the UK’s dynamic wine scene it is important to sample these wines in the landscape they came from. At the end of the day on arrival at the vineyard, the owners will conduct a wine tasting, and a tour of their facilities. This is included in the price and you will have the opportunity to purchase your favourite bottles.
Not only is it fascinating to come down here and meet the passionate people involved, but it is also amazing to see the living history of this industry spread out in the fields in front of you.
Carr Taylor was one of the first vineyards in the UK to start producing wine in the traditional Champagne method. Over thirty years’ experience working in this way, with secondary fermentation in the bottle has led them to develop their unique slightly fruitier bouquet.
Sedlescombe has been producing organic wine for over 25 years. This is an amazing wine making facility. Their production method is very labour intensive and the attention to detail is unrivaled. All of the fruit is picked by hand and the wine is fermented using natural wild yeast. As a result only the best fruit makes it into their wine.
Both of these vineyards have stood the test of time, and are both among the oldest vineyards in the UK. Sussex has some of the most beautiful countryside in England. We are delighted that both of these fantastic vineyards have granted Wine Rides exclusive use of their grounds for camping, and a wine tasting at both vineyards is included in the price of your holiday. That’s why there is no better way to get to know England’s landscape and wine than through a Wine Ride.
Wine Rides is an opportunity to enjoy food that is sourced from the very landscape you are exploring. As part of our all-inclusive packages, we serve seasonal, local food because it is full of flavour, meaning you get to enjoy food at its very best.
Every month, we design a menu that reflects the current season for fruit, vegetables, meat and fish and the main ingredients for our dishes are sourced from regional farms and Hastings fish market, making the most of fantastic local produce. Where we cannot source locally, we endeavour to source British, organic produce or other certified sources such as MSC fish. All bananas (essential cycling fuel) are Fairtrade.
A Typical Menu:
Asparagus and tarragon tart
Made from local asparagus dressed with fresh tarragon, local cream and eggs, and finest Parmesan all served in a crisp pastry base.
Spring lamb tagine with jersey royal potatoes and seasonal veg
A warm hearty local/seasonal dish made from world renowned salt lamb, which is packed with flavour by the sheep having grazed the salty mineral rich grasses of Romney Marsh.
Rhubarb crumble with custard
Total comfort food: Local rhubarb, cooked into hot treacly syrup, covered in lightly caramelised crumble and served with custard.