Beacon Down Vineyard is an exciting, family owned vineyard producing quality still and sparkling wines.
Award-winning wines from a unique and beautiful location, our Bacchus features in restaurant TRISTAN, Michelin starred.
Beacon Down vineyard occupies 18 acres of the beautiful High Weald near Heathfield in East Sussex in England. A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the vineyard is set on gentle South East facing slopes with stunning views over to Eastbourne and the South Downs. Two fields on the site were planted with nearly 10,000 vines in May 2015 and have thrived on the sandstone slopes and Sussex sunshine.
On-line sales - Sparkling Wine pre-sale in September. The 2018 vintage still wines - a Bacchus and a Pinot Gris - both stunning reflections of a glorious summer - are available to purchase now.
Tours, tastings and picnics - in-depth tours & tastings and stylish picnics to enjoy in a stunning location with fantastic views - dates for 2020 will be available early spring next year and they can be purchased as gift vouchers at any time. Please get in touch if you want to come on any other day and do not see availability..
“Really lovely vineyard experience. Warm welcome and fascinating tour around this unpretentious family start-up business. Excellent picnic lunch in a beautiful location and delicious wine. Can’t wait to sample their first sparkling wine when it becomes available later this year. Highly recommended!” Susan, August 2019
Open Afternoons - our open afternoons are now finished for summer 2019. Check back for more dates from next Spring.
Lease a Vine - a great opportunity to get involved; or give a unique and special gift..
Paul - 07870 851138
Al - 07751 829613
Beacon Down Vineyard
Cross in Hand
East Sussex. TN210QJ
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Award winning Beacon Down wines are available to buy. These wines encapsulate our style and our vineyard to the full.
If you're not sure about making a purchase why not come visit and learn more about the story behind the vineyard's establishment, and the excitement surrounding English viticulture with a tour and a tasting. If you're keen to purchase then perhaps add a wine carrier and transport your wines of England in style.
If you''re keen to get involved and learn more about the industry then our lease a vine options may be for you.
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Our dream of creating delicious single estate wine from England is perfectly realised in this dry, crisp and vibrant Bacchus. England’s answer to Sauvingnon Blanc, our first 100% Bacchus wine is bursting with citrus flavours, and notes of apples and pears. It has won bronze medals at both the Independent English Wine Awards and the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
Our 2018 Bacchus reflects the glorious summer of 2018 with ripe fruit flavours of apples and pears. Refreshing and mouth watering - perfect for enjoying on a warm day - perhaps overlooking the beautiful vines at Beacon Down!
A fantastic wine from a small plot of carefully hand-tended vines. The 2018 grapes were plentiful and ripe with full flavour development. Carefully harvested by Beacon Down friends and family followed by a very cool fermentation has resulted in a wine that is subtle on the nose and delicious on the palate with flavours of stone fruit and a tropical finish.
Come and experience our vineyard first hand and enjoy breathtaking views across to the South Downs in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Your tour will be led by the owners who will introduce you to English viticulture and the challenges and excitement of making wine in this country. Your visit will conclude with a tasting of the current wines
Take a picnic after your tour and tasting (please book elsewhere on the website to select a date) and enjoy a range of locally produced meats, cheese and other products. Vegetarian option available - please tick the pop up form that follows if required. Wine and soft drinks can be purchased on the day - tea, coffee and water are free.
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Beacon Down Vineyard, Browns Lane, East Sussex. TN21 0QJ
We love to welcome visitors and are open through the spring and summer. Come and enjoy the beautiful views with a glass of crisp white wine, or buy a bottle (or more!) to take away.
We run tours and guided tastings of our wines - please see booking details here.
We also open up the vineyard during the spring and summer months for free tastings and a walk in the vines. Come along and enjoy a relaxed afternoon, taking in the fabulous views and sampling our latest wines - dates for 2020 will be shown in early spring
Parking is available onsite. The vineyard’s entrance is a farm gate about 300yards on the left down Browns Lane, from Firgrove Road. The post code takes you to the bottom of the hill slightly beyond the entrance - use our google map entry for a precise location.
If you are visiting us then please do look to use public transport or sharing lifts. We are in a sensitive area and public transport or car-pooling will help reduce traffic movements.
Meet the owners
paul & al pippard
On holiday in 2012 we started having one of those ‘what if’ conversations and we decided that it was now or never. On our return we took action to realise a dream of owning a vineyard.
While still living and working in London, Paul took the first steps and gained his Diploma in Wine Production from Plumpton College.
In 2014 we started our search and spent some long days driving around the countryside, small baby in tow. After a few months of looking we found an ideal site just outside a little village called Cross-in-Hand.
We were immediately struck with the potential and fell in love with how beautiful it is here. We sold our flat in London and made the move to Sussex to start our new life.
We run all aspects of the vineyard - growing and tending to the vines, selling and packing up wine for delivery, leading the tours and providing our delicious picnics. Come and visit for a first-hand tale of the journey so far!.
We live in Lewes, East Sussex with our two young boys, Ossie and Rex.
The story of setting up the vineyard - from bare fields to our first harvest is shown in pictures below.