Today is Sussex Day and what better way to celebrate than with a glass of Sussex Wine?  

This week, to conicide with Sussex Day and English Wine WeekThe Sussex Wine Tourism: A Plan for Growth was launched at the Houses of Parliament during a reception hosted by Sir Peter Bottomley MP.

This ambitious plan aims to grow Sussex's wine tourism sector from its current value of £25 million to an impressive £283 million by 2040, generating 3633 new jobs and securing Sussex’s position as the UK’s premier wine tourism destination.

Attendee at Sussex Wine reception

The winelands of Sussex currently boasts 138 vineyards, representing a quarter of Great Britain under vine. Many are award-winning and open to the public, offering cellar door sales, tours, tastings, food and drink, shopping, accommodation as well as a variety of events and activities.

Eleven Sussex wine estates were present at the launch, showcasing their world-class wines and outstanding tourism experiences, that complement the region’s rich and distinctive landscape, heritage and cultural offerings. 

VisitBritain/VisitEngland CEO Patricia Yates and Mardi Roberts, Vice Chair of the Sussex Visitor Economy Initiative as well as Director of Communications at Ridgeview Wine Estate spoke at the event.

Councillor Alan Robins, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Culture, Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Economic Committee added: “It’s great to see our local vineyards getting well deserved recognition, putting Sussex firmly on the map as a top-class wine tourist destination.

“We are incredibly lucky to have many award-winning vineyards within easy reach of Brighton & Hove, offering residents and visitors a chance to escape from the busy city centre, enjoy a lovely day out in tranquil settings and, of course, sample a glass of wonderful Sussex wine.”

The Sussex Wine Tourism: A Plan for Growth has been overseen by Sussex Modern and the Sussex Visitor Economy Initiative. 

Sussex Wine Tourism launch reception

If you would like to find out more about Wine Tourism then the full report is available to donwload from our Tourism Research page

Sussex Wine tourism launch reception

Before we go and pour a glass of wine we would first of all like to thank the following vineyards for attending the launch event this week: 

πŸ₯‚ Ashling Park Estate 

πŸ₯‚ Digby Fine English 

πŸ₯‚ Wiston Estate 

πŸ₯‚ Kinsbrook Vineyard

πŸ₯‚ Bolney Estate

πŸ₯‚ Ridgeview Wine Estate

πŸ₯‚ Rathfinny Estate

πŸ₯‚ Oxney Organic Estate

πŸ₯‚ Oastbrook

πŸ₯‚ Bluebell Vineyard

πŸ₯‚ Albourne Estate

People holding Sussex flags

And also a big thank you to our partners in this inititive: 

🍾 Sussex Modern

🍾 Sussex Visitor Economy Initiative 

🍾 East Sussex County Council

🍾 West Sussex County Council

🍾 Brighton & Hove City Council

🍾 UK Gov Department for Levelling Up and Communities

Join us on social media to let us know how you wil be celebrating #sussexday and what #sussexwine you'll be drinking during #engishwineweek - cheers!




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