Sparkling South Downs

Sparkling South Downs


Returns in 2020

Join us for a leisurely day of English Sparkling Wine tasting, beer tasting and gin tasting in an idyllic rural setting.

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We are delighted that Grape & Grain Tours has been selected as an experience provider for The English National Park Experience Collection, a newly launched project showcasing the exceptional landscapes of England’s National Parks. Our Sparkling South Downs tour does just that, taking you into the stunning South Downs National Park to enjoy its breath-taking views and the delectable food and drink produced here.

On our Sparkling South Downs tour, you will taste drinks from three of the region’s top independent producers. Departing from Winchester, we first visit Hambledon Vineyard, the UK’s oldest commercial vineyard for a walk among the vines, a tour of the winery and tasting a selection of their award-winning English Sparkling Wines. The next stop is The Thomas Lord, a beautifully restored traditional village gastropub, where we will enjoy an Upham Brewery beer tasting followed by a delicious two-course lunch. We will finish the day at Winchester Distillery, on the banks of Hampshire’s famous watercress beds, for a tour of the distillery and tasting of their craft gins perfectly paired with chocolates from Winchester Cocoa Company.

Throughout the day, your experienced guide will entertain you with stories of the South Downs’ rich history, while you take in the region’s beautiful scenery - stunning rolling hills, ancient woodland and picture-perfect villages.

On our all-inclusive South Downs National Park Tour you will:

  • Enjoy a vineyard tour and English Sparkling Wine Tasting at Hambledon Vineyard

  • Visit Winchester Distillery for a distillery tour and gin & chocolate tasting

  • Taste English real ales from Upham Brewery

  • Enjoy a two course gastropub lunch with a drink at The Thomas Lord

  • Travel other food and drink lovers like yourself

All transport is provided in a luxury mini-coach. Our tour meets at Winchester Railway Station at 9.45am and returns at approximately 5pm.