A vineyard in the county has been chosen as the official sparkling wine of a garden festival.

Roebuck Estates is the first English sparkling wine to be chosen at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in  East Molesey, London, which attracts around 135,000 visitors annually.

The wine producer was founded in 2013 and launched its first hand-crafted sparkling wine in 2019.

It has five vineyards in Sussex including in Petworth and Slinfold.

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At the garden festival, which will take place from July 2 to 7, Roebuck Estates will have a sparkling wine tipi bar where visitors will be able to purchase the wine by the glass and bottle.

The wine on offer will include three new wines that will also be available at bars and cafes throughout the palace’s grounds.

Roebuck’s head of viticulture Jake Wicks will host a talk on the ‘Get Growing Stage’ on July 7 and CEO of Roebuck Michael Kennedy will lead a talk on ‘A Golden Era of English Wine and Viticulture’.

Mr Kennedy said: "We've always been of the belief that our sparkling wines can only taste as good as they do if our vineyards are thriving.

"That means caring for our vines and everything else that lives alongside them.

"The English Sparkling Wine category is thriving, and there is remarkable headroom for further growth at Roebuck, as we continue to reach and engage with new audiences who are becoming increasingly aware as to the quality of our homegrown offering.

"We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce our newest Roebuck Vintage Wines to the Festival’s visitors, and to share with them our own experience of growing and nurturing our vineyards.”

Show manager of RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Natalie Gearing said: "It’s wonderful to partner with Roebuck Estates, an organisation that champions English horticulture and viticulture.

"Many of our visitors love to enjoy a sparkling wine during their visit to the Festival and to be able to offer a quality English sparkling wine, really supports the RHS’s wider sustainability goals.”