Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking, Surrey has the largest vineyard in England with 265acre under vines, representing more than 10 per cent of the plantings in the whole of the United Kingdom. It has a visitors' centre that attracts around 300,000 visitors a year.HistoryThe estate is named for an early owner called John Denby. In the mid-18th century Denby's farm buildings were converted into a gentleman's residence by Jonathan Tyers, proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens near London. Tyer's garden at Denbies was in startling contrast to the frivolities of Vauxhall, being adorned with memento mori ("reminders of death"). The property passed through several other hands, and in the 1850s it was rebuilt on a larger scale by the preeminent Victorian master builder, Thomas Cubitt. He was visited at Denbies by Prince Albert, who planted a commemorative tree which survived until the Great Storm of 1990. The house remained in the Cubitt family until the Second World War, when it was requisitioned by the military. In the 1950s Cubitt's great grandson decided to demolish the house as he lacked the funds to restore and maintain it. He converted the laundry and gardener's house into a smaller Regency-style house. In 1984 the estate was purchased by local businessman Adrian White.Wine productionDenbies is situated on the North Downs, which are a range of chalk hills the topsoil of which consists of fertile loam interspersed with flints. From 1986 to 1989 White had the south-facing slopes planted with vines, which cover 265acre of the 627acre estate, the remainder of which is woodland and pasture. The average yield is 300,000 litres of wine per year.Take a look at our Dorking itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Denbies Wine Estate and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Denbies winery is a great venue for a visit. An organised tour of the vineyard is on offer, offering splendid views of Surrey. The facility has a good restaurant, cafeteria for afternoon tea, and gift... more »
We arrived at about 12:00 noon on one of the last days of March only to find that tours only take place at 11:00 until April when there is an afternoon tour as well. Can't say this was immediately obv... more »
Came here for lunch having walked the Mole Gap Trail from Leatherhead. A beautiful sunny day so we sat outside for lunch. The dry whites compliment the salads, but cost twice as much in the restaurant... more »
Lovely place to visit, shop and have food. The pyramid restaurant is cool. There is a beer brewery at the back where you can taste their beer and get a nice branded pint (filled with beer) for £2.50 There is farm deli and plants shop on the left hand side of the main building
Beautiful sceanary and kind staff. We did both outdoor and indoor tour, but outdoor one was more entertaining and you get to learn a lot about the state. The classic outdoor doesn't come with the sparking wine to drink during the trip so if you want to enjoy the view with a cup of wine , go for the sparking outdoor.
Delicious wine. I especially enjoyed learning more about how the geology of the estate and the microclimate affect the taste if the final product. Well worth the visit.
Enjoyed morning coffee and superb Danish pastries in the coffee shop. Thank you to your staff for looking after my phone and responding when I rang it. Glad to be reunited with it!
Lovely day out. The tour to the top with a train is nice. Good tea room too
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