THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND: SPARKLING WINE IN SUMMERTIME

Trips Available: JULY & AUGUST 2017

This summer we are offering 5-day, four-night demo trips to either Sussex or Kent. Both itineraries are designed to give you an excellent foundation in English sparkling wine as well as a bit of leisure time to enjoy the country's cultural attractions. In exchange for a deep discount on a demo tour, guests will helps us vet new accommodations and producers.

 
 

Day 1: arrival & introduction

We will rendezvous at Heathrow Airport, where our motor coach will transport us to our five-star hotel in the heart of London. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the city, join us for high tea, or just rest. That evening we will gather for a private group dinner and wine tasting.

Included: dinner

Day 2: Country retreat & winery visit

After breakfast at our hotel, our motor coach will transport us to our five-star country hotel and spa. We will take in our first winery visit at one of the region's most renowned producers where we will also enjoy lunch together. Afterwards you are free to enjoy the hotel's amenities and dining options.

Included: breakfast, lunch

 Day 3: Wine & Beer

We will be setting off early today to allow plenty of time to explore the worlds of both English wine and beer. After breakfast, we’ll head to one of the region's most exciting—but lesser known—vineyards for a guided tour and tasting. After a group lunch, we'll take a detour into the English ale before concluding our day with a group dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

 DAY 4: beyond sparkling wine

After breakfast, we will take a short break from the world of wine to enjoy one of England's beloved castles and gardens. Then it's on to lunch at a local establishment before returning to a winery for a private tour and tasting. We'll visit producers who are explorer's the region's possibilities beyond sparkling wine and are focusing on still wine and/or cider. The evening is yours to relax and enjoy the hotel before tomorrow's departure.

Included: breakfast, lunch

 DAY 5: sparkling wine Capstone & Departure

After breakfast and check out, we will pay one more visit to one of the region's premier sparkling wine producers. We'll celebrate with a farewell luncheon at the winery before heading back to London.

Included: breakfast, lunch

If you are flying out the next day, we can book you accommodations in the Sofitel Heathrow Hotel and help with dinner reservations. Or, should you choose to extend your stay, we will gladly assist you with booking accommodations and recommendations to enjoy the city.

 

What is included in this tour?

  • four nights of double occupancy accommodations in a five-star hotel (single occupancy with $800 single supplement)
  • transportation from Heathrow Airport, Terminal Five and return transportation to Heathrow or London
  • deluxe motor coach transportation to and from all hotels, wineries, restaurants, and other destinations listed in the itinerary
  • most meals (inclusive of wine), as indicated in the itinerary above
  • private, behind-the-scenes tours at wineries and distilleries not available to the general public
  • all tasting and tour fees
  • a knowledgeable wine guide as well as a tour manager onsite
  • assistance with shipping wines home and advice on customs regulations
  • membership in the Wine Charters Alumni Club, entitling you to discounts and advanced registration for future tours
  • access to the tour's private Flickr account for unlimited use of photographs taken by tour guides during the tour