We are delighted to welcome you back to Gusbourne Estate for self-guided tours, vineyard tours and cellar door purchases. We are open daily from 10am to 5pm for you to take a stroll through the vines to see how to see how the 2020 vintage is developing and to purchase bottles from The Nest cellar door. Maps are available to guide you through the tour route.
We are choosing to carefully reopen at a slower pace to consider the safety of our staff and customers. Whilst we continue to follow social distancing measures, please note that visitors will not be able to enter The Nest or enjoy by-the-glass tastings again just yet. The toilet facilities, however, will be available from 4th July onwards.
Registration for the self-guided tour and bottle purchases will take place in the Nest Garden. Please make sure you book in advance for vineyard tours and picnics. Find out more about the measures we are putting in place here and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Responding To COVID-19
- All wine purchases will be made from a specially constructed gazebo located in the Nest Garden.
- We will not be accepting cash and the card terminal will be cleaned immediately after use.
- We have a socially distanced waiting area in the event that you are not able to be served immediately.
- You will be welcomed by a Gusbourne staff member in the gazebo in the Nest Garden, briefed on safety during your walk and provided with a map before you set off.
- You must pre-book your vineyard tour.
- Tours are available at 11:00 from Wednesday - Sunday.
- We will have a maximum group size of 8 for our guided vineyard tours.
- All guests should continue to practice social distancing of 2 metres throughout tour.
- Unfortunately, we are unable to offer drop-in tastings or by-the-glass purchases during these first phases of reopening.
Use of The Nest
- The Nest will be closed to guests for the time being and only accessible by Gusbourne staff, except for use of the toilet facilities.
- Our toilets will be available from the 4th July onwards.
- Government guidelines will be strictly adhered to with regards to cleaning of toilets.
- We are unable to offer access to the winery during this initial re-opening phase.
- Hand sanitiser is located for staff and visitor use at the Nest cellar door, on the outside bar and in the welcome gazebo.
- All guests are encouraged to use hand sanitiser on arrival and regularly throughout your time at Gusbourne.
- All surfaces will be sanitised after contact by staff or guests.
- Once open, toilets will be cleaned every 15 minutes by Gusbourne staff. Sanitising wipes will also be made available in our toilets.
- Signage with our safety protocols will be displayed at the entrance to the path from car park, visible to all guests.
- 2-metre spacing will be marked on the path approaching The Nest to ensure safe social distancing.
All of our protocols will be regularly reviewed and amended to reflect government guidelines and evolving health & safety practices.
To Decant Or Not To Decant
People seem to enjoy a bit of theatrical decanting. A waistcoated waiter flamboyantly pouring a noble red from on high, not into just one crystal vessel but a series of decorous decanters, each more elaborate than the last, and not a drop spilled upon the linen. Well, is it anything more than showtime?
We have been reflecting on our past vintages - how they change, develop and the contrasts as well as similarities between them. Our Pinot Noir 2016 and Blanc de Noirs 2016 provide a unique comparison between a still and sparkling Pinot Noir, as well as excellent examples of the 2016 vintage.
What Grows Together Goes Together
Every county fights its corner for culinary excellence. It’s not for nothing that Kent is known as the Garden of England and neighbouring Sussex has a well-earned reputation for world-class food and wine. The impressive gastronomic bounty of these counties means visitors to Gusbourne Estate are guaranteed an authentically local experience in their glass and on their plate.