Located in East Sussex, Beacon Down Vineyard is an exciting, family owned vineyard producing still and sparkling wine from England.


Beacon Down vineyard occupies around 18 acres in the beautiful High Weald near Heathfield in East Sussex.

A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the vineyard is set on gentle South East facing slopes with stunning views over to 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.


Paul - 07870 851138

Al - 07751 829613



Beacon Down Vineyard
Browns Lane

Cross in Hand
East Sussex




Visitors are very welcome, currently by appointment.

April to October.



We have planted five grape varieties at Beacon Down – Bacchus, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling.

Our first harvest was in October 2017 and we are now in the process of making both still and sparkling wines in partnership with some exceptional winemakers. 

Meet the owners

Paul and Al in the vines.jpg

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 are currently juggling work with running the vineyard, but hope to make it a full time occupation one day.

We live in Lewes, East Sussex with our two young boys, Ossie and Rex.



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The Vineyard

Beacon Down Vineyard
Browns Lane
Cross in Hand
East Sussex

TN21 0QJ


If you are looking to come and visit then please do look to use public transport or sharing lifts.  We are in a sensitive area and public transport, car-pooling or minibuses will help reduce traffic movements. 

We would be happy to discuss travel options before you visit and provide some advice.


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