Vintage Bus Wine Tour

Embark on a unique journey on our iconic Big Red 1960’s Routemaster vintage bus for a wine tour in Sussex.

A red vintage bus with a vineyard behind on a Great British Wine Tour

For 2024 we are offering a new ticket which includes return rail travel from London Bridge station. Our guide will meet you at London Bridge and join you for the journey to Brighton for the start of your tour.

After your wine tour, why not spend the evening in Brighton? The return train ticket is open-ended for the day so you can head back to London whenever you choose. Just select the “From London” ticket option.

Check out our London Wine Tours page for more information.

Discover the perfect Sussex vineyard experience on our flagship Vintage Bus Wine Tour!

Step aboard our iconic 1960s Red Routemaster London Bus for a journey from Brighton to the heart of English wine country. Here, you’ll enjoy exclusive visits to two award-winning vineyards.

Begin with an enlightening tour of the first vineyard, led by expert guides. Delve into the world of English winemaking and savour tutored tastings of both still and sparkling wines. Lunch features Sussex’s finest produce in a picnic hamper paired with Sussex still wine for you to enjoy among the vines.

Next, venture to the second vineyard for another guided English wine tasting. Relax amid the stunning South Downs scenery before your vintage bus ride back to Brighton. This is the perfect Sussex wine adventure

The Vintage Bus Wine Tour runs on Saturdays from 10am until approximately 4:30pm between April – October.  Check the calendar for the date of your choice.  Price £125 per person.

What’s Included?

  • Convenient Pick-Up: Your adventure begins at Brighton train station, an easily accessible central meeting point.
  • No Designated Driver Required: Leave the driving to us, allowing you to drink the wines with absolute peace of mind.
  • Expert Tour Host: Our dedicated Great British Wine Tours host will be your companion throughout the day, ensuring a rich and informative experience.
  • Vintage Bus Journey: Step back in time aboard a charming 1960s London Routemaster bus, complete with conductor – a perfect backdrop for capturing memorable photos.
  • Scenic Countryside Drive: Enjoy a picturesque drive through the enchanting Sussex countryside, setting the stage for your wine adventure.
  • Award-Winning Vineyards: Immerse yourself in the world of fine wine as you tour two renowned Sussex vineyards.
  • Expert Guided Tours: Knowledgeable guides will lead you through the vineyards and wineries, offering insightful information along the way.
  • Tutored Wine Tastings: Delight your palate with tutored wine tastings at each vineyard, deepening your appreciation of these exceptional English wines.
  • Delicious Lunch: Indulge in a picnic lunch amidst the vines, featuring the very best of seasonal Sussex produce with a glass of English still wine. Our menu accommodates dietary preferences, offering vegetarian and vegan options.
  • Cellar Door Purchases: Take home the wines you’ve enjoyed at exclusive cellar door prices. The vintage bus offers ample storage space for your purchased bottles or cases of wine.
Two women on the back step of a red vintage bus on a Great British Wine Tour
Two women and two men clinking glasses of English sparkling wine with a picnic between them in a vineyard on a Great British Wine Tour
People stood by a vintage red bus on a Great British Wine Tour

FAQs

Which vineyards do you visit? We vary the tour each week visiting different vineyards throughout the year. Our partner vineyards for this tour include: Court Garden, Ridgeview Wine Estate, Albourne Estate and Artelium Estate.

The 2024 schedule is:

Ridgeview + Artelium – 30th March & 13 April

Ridgeview + Albourne – 25 May, 22 June, 20 July

Court Garden + Ridgeview – 13 July, 24 August

Court Garden + Artelium – 20 & 27 April, 4 & 18 May, 1, 15 & 29 June, 27 July, 10 August, 7 & 21 September

Court Garden + Albourne – 11 May, 8 June, 6 July, 3, 17 & 31 August, 14 & 28 September

Can I buy this tour as a gift?  Yes!  Our Vintage Bus Wine Tour is available to purchase as a gift voucher, making it a perfect present for wine enthusiasts and explorers alike.

Is there a lot of walking involved? The activity level is low.  There is a short guided walk to the vines and winery and you can choose to walk further among the vines for your picnic or not.

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