Start your tour of the Chichester District with a private tour and tasting at Trotton Estate Vineyards. With award winning wines, a tasting lodge with unparalleled views of the South Downs and a knowledgeable guide in tow, there’s no better way to taste the pleasures of West Sussex.
Once you’ve finished, take the A272 - known as one of Britain’s most beautiful drives - to Midhurst, for a brief stop at the Cowdray Estate’s award-winning Farm Shop to stock up on the vast array of local produce on offer there. Why not grab a mid-morning snack for the road before heading to the next stop.
Take the short drive to Tinwood Estate Vineyards (just 10 minutes from Chichester City Centre). Tinwood has quickly established a reputation for producing the very finest English sparkling wines. Take a tour or head direct to the Tasting Room to sample some of Tinwood’s produce before heading to the next venue. You’ll be making your way to the coast for a lunch break next but for cider lovers, why not stop off at The Old Piggery Farm Shop and Tearoom in Selsey (via the A27 and B2145) to pick up some local cider or wines from across the country, before continuing a further five-minutes to Selsey town centre.
For lunch, it’s time to sample the local delicacy, Selsey Crab – widely accepted as some of the best crab in the world. Selsey Crab can be purchased from many of the bars, restaurants or cafes in Selsey, or why not look out for Potters, Selsey Willows, Julie’s Hut and D&D Fishery selling it direct from the boat. Enjoy your crab on the beach and chances are, you may meet a few of the fishermen who caught it earlier in the day.
Once you’re refuelled, it’s time to head back to the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park to Upperton Vineyards, just outside the market town of Petworth. Take a look around Upperton’s vineyard shop or enjoy the glorious panoramic views accompanied by a Sussex cheese platter from the Terrace Bar. With both having a great range of fabulous sparkling wines to try, you’re spoilt for choice.
On leaving Upperton, take the short drive to the Hungry Guest Food Shop in Petworth, winner of Great British Food Awards – UK’s Top Independent Retailer in the South East of England 2018 – there’s no better place to purchase some tasty trinkets from your tour. Whether it’s something from the butcher and charcuterie expert, cheesemonger or baker, it’ll be well worth the stop.
Another short drive along the A272 will take you to Langham Brewery, your final stop for the day. Finish the day as you started with a private tour, but this time of a 10-barrel steam heated brewery! Finish up with a trip to the shop, before heading back to the delightful town of Midhurst, just 10-minutes down the A272.