In the tranquillity of the Sussex countryside lies Bolney Wine Estate, one of England’s oldest and most beautiful vineyards, producing award-winning still and sparkling wines, writes Nick Mosley.

Bolney Wine Estate has long been at the fore of English wine production, indeed it celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

The accolades continue to pour in, including a Gold Medal for the Estate Chardonnay at this year’s Wine GB awards.

“Since we started our journey in 1972, we are proud to be one of the pioneers of English wine and we hope that our innovation and passion has helped encourage others who have joined our craft,” said managing director and head winemaker, Sam Linter.

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Bolney can rightly claim to have been one of the first English vineyards to diversify into the world of wine tourism – worth an estimated £40 billion globally – having offered tours, tastings, cellar door, local produce retail and dining options long before many of the neighbouring wineries.

With a focus on staycations this summer, Sussex is becoming increasingly popular.

Bolney is delighted to welcome guests to the estate and share a passion for wine and local Sussex produce.

Last month, Bolney added a new string to its bow with the introduction of yoga events.

The first, in June, was held as a celebration of English Wine Week and International Yoga Day – the perfect time to host “yoga in the vines” in partnership with The Yoga Garden.

The next yoga event is on Saturday, when there will be a relaxing morning of yoga followed by an English sparkling wine brunch.

Nina Fowkes, founder of The Yoga Garden UK, said: “The vineyard is a perfect setting for a tranquil yoga session, aligning with Bolney’s ethos of being guided by nature.

“Anyone is welcome to join us for this exclusive event whether you are a yoga pro or beginner.

“It’s perfect for those who want to add a little something extra to their yoga session and will make a great morning out with a friend for a relaxing start to the weekend.”

Bolney’s Eighteen Acre Café serves a creative menu of locally sourced produce dishes from its dining room and terrace overlooking the rolling slopes of vines. You can also pick up a picnic hamper, have a wander and find your own spot in the estate to enjoy food and wine with family and friends.

The vineyard is also championing a summer “wine-down” until 8.30pm every Friday.

Visitors can enjoy a glass or two of award-winning wine – or Bolney’s own gin and vermouth – or pick a bottle to take home.

Bolney Wine Estate is in Foxhole Lane, Bolney.