Five vineyards in the Surrey Hills area are linking together to form a new English wine region.

Vineyards of the Surrey Hills will officially launch on an inaugural weekend of festivities from June 8-9 2019, to showcase the producers located in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural beauty (AONB).

The group, which comprises: Denbies Wine Estate, High Clandon Vineyard, Albury Organic Vineyard, Chilworth Manor Vineyard and Greyfriars Vineyard; was created to celebrate the “excellence of wines grown in this unique area”. The area is formed of chalky limestone hills with the same geology of that of the Champagne region in France.

Nick Wenman, owned of Albury Organic Vineyard and chair of Wine GB South East, said: “We are proud to be putting Surrey on the map as a premium wine region, offering some of the very best wines and visitor experiences that England has to share.”

Sibylla Tindale, co-owner of High Clandon, said: “This initiative not only celebrates our outstanding wines but also the beauty of the five vineyards set within the Surrey Hills AONB. Each vineyard, from boutique to big, has unique offerings in multi-award winning English wines and tours. We want our visitors to delight in wandering through the vineyards, tasting the wines, to learn something new and to really immerse themselves here.”

Guests at the celebratory weekend can take part in a range of different activities at each vineyard. These include viewing sculptures, enjoying music or a picnic in historic gardens, exploring a “secret vineyard trail”, sampling a range of wines from tasting bars set in the vineyards, or even participating in a Battle of Waterloo “Champagne vs English sparkling taste-off” hosted by a Master of Wine.

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