Set amidst the rolling landscape of the South Downs, the beautiful Wiston Estate is in a world of its own. With its historic flint barns and buildings, elegant restaurant and continental–style courtyard, this pristine Sussex wine estate welcomes visitors for tours and tastings, fine dining, and restorative rambles through the surrounding countryside.
The elegant Chalk restaurant (named after the estate’s terroir) serves up a menu of seasonal local produce expressive of the nature and heritage of the Sussex landscape, while takeaway drinks and indulgent toasties are available at Chalk Express – Wiston’s Airstream food truck with panoramic South Downs views.
Discover the estate’s award-winning sparkling wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier through vineyard tours and wine tastings, or head off down one of the many idyllic footpaths and cycle routes into the hills beyond. Just don’t forget to come back again – there’s always more to discover.
- Enjoy a sunny lunch in the Chalk courtyard, sampling local produce and wines from the estate.
- Head out for a walk to local landmark Chanctonbury Ring from the winery – and treat yourself to an indulgent toastie when you make it back.
- Experience the winery and vineyard on a special Safari Tour – Fridays throughout the summer months.
When to visit
Wiston Estate is open all year around. Wine Tours take place at 11am and 14.30pm from Tuesday to Sunday – book online or just walk in. Chalk Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday. Chalk Express (takeaway drinks and toasties) is open Fri – Sun 10am – 4pm. More special one-off events and tours can be found online. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the courtyard.
Do I need to book?
Not always, though we do suggest booking tours and tables at Chalk in advance to avoid disappointment.
While you’re in the area, Wiston Estate recommends
- Knepp Estate
- Leonardslee Gardens
- Arundel Castle
- RSPB Pulborough
Chalk Restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 5pm. It is open for dinners on Fridays and Saturdays. The shop at North Farm is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Tours and Tastings run daily Tuesday to Sunday, 11am and 2.30pm – booking recommended but walk-ins available. Chalk Express is open Friday to Sunday 10am – 4pm.