As a birthday present to George and me, Michael and Sandra gave us an experience at Bolney Wine Estate, which was to include a guided tour of the estate followed by wine tasting and a cream tea with a glass of bubbly. Michael and Sandra joined us and Michael bravely volunteered to be the driver. As the wine tasting was not until the afternoon we decided to visit Nymans, a National Trust property, on the way.
As we arrived the first raindrops started to fall but the meteorologists had warned us. The gardens are lovely as can be seen from the photographs. The house, once owned by the Messel family, who transformed it into a gothic mansion, burnt down in 1947. The small part that survived is open to the public. We will certainly be returning but next time when the weather is more favourable.
Bolney Wine Estate
We arrived at Bolney Wine Estate to be greeted with a warm drink and biscuits whilst we listened to a talk on the history of wine and vineyards in Britain. A short sojourn into the grounds was followed by another talk on wine production at Bolney in the winery. Then it was back to the tearoom for our wine tasting: first a white sparkling wine followed by two reds and finally a pink sparkling with our cream tea. Altogether a very enjoyable day only shame about the weather!