We are open daily from 10am to 5pm, with some late night openings in August, for you to take a self-guided stroll through the vines to see how to see how the 2020 vintage is developing and to purchase bottles from The Nest cellar door. For the self-guided tour, please register with us at The Nest before setting off. We will give you a map to guide you through the tour route. For our hosted tours, please make sure you book in advance.
We’re pleased to say that you can now enjoy Gusbourne by the glass again when dropping by The Nest. Visit us in Kent to spend an idyllic afternoon sipping Gusbourne wine with the stunning backdrop of our vineyards.
Find out more about the measures we are putting in place below 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.
Hosted Tours & Picnics
- You must pre-book any of our hosted tours, as well as picnics.
- Tours are available at 11:00 from Wednesday - Sunday.
- We have decreased the number of guests admitted on each tour to allow for social distancing.
- All guests should continue to practice social distancing of 2 metres throughout the tour.
- We are now able to offer by the glass tastings and purchases again.
- Our toilets are open and available to guests.
- 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 reopening 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.
If you cancel a booking or do not arrive for a scheduled tour booking, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless at our discretion. Bookings are non-transferable and non-refundable. Any request for a refund or transfer must be made in writing, directed to firstname.lastname@example.org – these are processed at our discretion. If we cancel your tour in its entirety, you will be entitled to a full refund for the purchase price. Tickets will be exchanged or refunded at the price paid for them, but no further compensation will be paid. Picnic bookings may be transferred up to one week prior to booked date, subject to availability. Due to the outdoor nature of these events, it is recommended to bring suitable clothing & footwear for your time at Gusbourne.
All of our protocols will be regularly reviewed and amended to reflect government guidelines and evolving health & safety practices.
Other useful links...
Harvest is one of the most exciting times to visit Gusbourne. Book one of our Discovery or Estate Tours between 26th September and 4th October for an extra-special experience.
Late Night Openings
Drop by the vineyard after-hours for a glass of Gusbourne on Saturdays this August.
A Wine in Time: Cork and Lees Ageing
Soil. Grapes. Weather. All critical elements in winemaking. But equally important is time. Time in the vineyard. Time in tanks, barrels and bottles. Time developing into perfection in a glass. What happens at each stage of the wine ageing process has a profound effect on how the finished wine tastes. So what exactly is the difference between cork ageing and lees ageing?