The Times: The top UK vineyards with rooms

We were delighted by be featured by The Times in June 2023 as one of the top UK Vineyards with Rooms. This is what they wrote:

Toppesfield Vineyard, Essex

In Roman times the valley surrounding Toppesfield Vineyard was heavily planted with vines; the remains of a Roman centurion — complete with wine vase and cup — were unearthed in the fertile fields here, since replanted by Jane and Peter Moore to establish the vineyard in 2012. Visitors must book the sleek Scandi villa-style holiday house for vineyard access, including tastings and tours. If you do, it offers a lifestyle akin to that of the celebrity winemakers Cliff Richard and Kylie Minogue — gazing across the vines from the nickel bar, sipping bubbles in the hot tub or playing tennis on the private court (not necessarily in that order).

Details: Two nights’ self-catering for two from £480.00 and for four from £880.00. Check out availability and testimonials through the following Airbnb 2 person link and 4 person link and either book through Airbnb or contact us directly through our contact page for the dates showing as available.

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

Thanks to the amazing Sharon Benfield for managing our stand with the East of England Coop at the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival. This is such a lovely festival, a real highlight of our calendar, but unfortunately the date coincided this year with our grape harvest so Sharon managed it single handedly. We had lots of repeat clients from last year as well as lots of new faces who had been recommended by friends and family to come and taste our award winning wines.

Travel begins at 40

We were delighted to host Roger Hermiston (former Assistant Editor of Today on BBC Radio 4) and Eileen Wise (former Head of Global PR for the Economist and Reuters) at Toppesfield Vineyard’s luxury villa in mid September. They spent their time exploring this beautiful, historic part of Essex as well as making sure they relaxed with a glass or two of Toppesfield wines while reading their books and spoiling our pets!

Read the full article here – https://www.travelbeginsat

Toppesfield Vineyard Jubilee Celebrations

We were delighted to celebrate 10 years of Toppesfield Vineyard on Friday 3rd of June, the weekend of our late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We wanted to thank our families, friends, staff and clients for their amazing support over the last decade. The afternoon started very gracefully with drinks in the Wine Centre garden and finished late in the evening after dancing the night away to our favourite band, Swing Machine. We look forward to celebrating in a similar style in 2032! 

In the Press: Living Magazine on English Vineyards

We are delighted to be featured in Living Magazine’s May edition alongside some of our favourite Sussex vineyards like Tinwood and Bolney.

Thanks to Lindsey Furby for this wonderful article which illustrates the diversity of offerings now available across the English Vineyard sector.

The Co-op Live Sourced Locally Matters Show – hosted by Toppesfield Vineyard

We were delighted to host the East of England Co-op for their Live Event in July. A number of brilliant local producers were interviewed, including Pete and Jane who chatted about the seasonal Toppesfield Vineyard harvests followed by a wine tasting. 

Here’s a short clip of Pete and Jane’s wine tasting. To watch the full 15-minute interview just follow the link here and skip to 39:30 mins in.

Autumn/Winter 2020/2021 News & Events

December 2020/January 2021

We had a number of guests hoping to have a much welcomed break over Christmas / New Year but sadly these all had to be cancelled due to lockdown. The Wine Centre looked so cosy with all our Christmas decorations up – let’s hope we can all have a more normal Christmas and New Year in 2021. We have stayed in the Wine Centre ourselves during lockdown and been delighted with how cosy it is – even in the midst of this year’s cold and snowy winter. 

September 2020

Socially Distanced Harvest 

This was a very different harvest compared to previous years when our pickers always stayed for a long, liquid harvest lunch. We had strict Covid procedures in place: everyone had a named bucket for the day and either picked on their own or in their ‘bubble’. Clare and Claire did a smaller range of cakes this year as each one had to be served in an individual pack and pickers were served coffee and cake at their pre-designated tables. Thank you to all our pickers for helping out in this challenging year. 

Luxury Accommodation

We were delighted to receive planning permission in summer 2020 to convert the Wine Centre from a retail and event space to luxury guest accommodation. Our fabulous goddaughter, Andrea Valls, produced an amazing promotional video for us which can be viewed here, and from September onwards we were almost fully booked for the dates we weren’t in lockdown. These are just a couple of many fantastic reviews from guests staying in the Wine Centre: