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Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

Categories: Wineries & Vineyards, Food & Drink
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3.5/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
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.
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  • Denbies is a brilliant example of British entrepreneurship. In a mere 30 years the White family have taken the Denbies Estate from a failing farm to an international award-winning vineyard. We are luc...  read more »
  • Denbies was really worth a visit. A much bigger place than Hambledon in Hampshire with a slick visitor programme including a Land Rover drawn 'train' to the top of the estate, which was fun in the┬ádec...  read more »
  • Staff very friendly, Did have wheelchairs and doors are not automated, and disabled toilet just a bit small. However enjoyed the artist gallery, staff in the food hall fantastic. Shop has a great sele...  read more »
  • Cracking wine, decent cafe, and the land train tour of the vineyard was lovely - really nice views from the top of the hill. The Surrey Hills Brewery behind Denbies is also worth a visit for the freshest pint possible.
  • Great fun, Great wines my only gripe is why are we the only country where it isn't nylon cheaper to buy your own locally made produce even if you go to vineyard.
  • Lovely day out. The tour to the top with a train is nice. Good tea room too
  • If Google would allow me to give more than five stars, I would give 100. We had a day trip here and it was a fantastic experience of a family run business who are proud and passionate about what they do and this is clearly reflected by all who work there. The customer service was truly amazing and the wine is excellent.
  • Great walks around the vineyard and I've enjoyed a train ride up to the house before, too. Then the white sparkling wine is the one to get, especially for important occasions when you want to celebrate with a pure moment of English magic
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