Nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park, Stopham Estate is home to 21,000 vines, which enjoy sunny, south-facing slopes in the medieval hamlet of Stopham, near Pulborough.
As specialists in crafting aromatic still white wines from Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Bacchus and classic method sparkling wine, Stopham pride themselves on their sustainable approach to winemaking. The vineyard, planted in 2007 by winemaker Simon Woodhead, boasts sandy, free-draining soil and some of the best views in the county – which make far happy vines and happy winemakers at this beautiful, 15 acre estate.
Visitors to the estate can enjoy vineyard, winery and wine tasting tours with the winemaker on Saturdays at 11am or 2pm between April and October. The tours include an in-depth tour of both the vineyard and the winery, offering a deep insight into the winemaking process, from soil to bottle.
The estate’s clean, crisp aromatic styles have won many industry awards (IEWA, Wine GB, Decanter WWA to name a few – and pair very well with fish, seafood and spicy dishes.
- Take a wander around the medieval hamlet of Stopham, with its 13th century church and rich history.
- A vineyard tour with breathtaking views of the South Downs
- Wine tasting amongst the estate’s high-tech winemaking facilities, inside a historic, Grade II listed barn.
When to visit
Winemaker tours run every Saturday from April to October at 11am and 2pm, and can be booked via Stopham’s website.
Do I need to book?
Winemaker tours can be booked via Stopham’s website. Or for a private tour, contact the winery directly. Add lunch by the river Arun for even more of a memorable and enjoyable day out.
While you’re in the area
- Petworth House
- Arundel Castle
- Parham House
- Amberley Museum
- Cowdray Park
Can I stay overnight?
Not directly on the estate, but the Pig Hotel in Madehurst (near Arundel) is nearby, and offers excellent accommodation and delicious food. Cowdray Estate in nearby Midhurst has holiday cottages to rent in their beautiful grounds, and their farm shop is well worth a visit.