Oxney Organic Estate
Muddy says: A rare organic range of wines made right here in Sussex at a lovely vineyard near Rye where you can also take a tour or stay over in characterful accommodation.
Oxney Organic Estate sits at Beckley just North of picturesque Rye in East Sussex. One of the county’s younger vineyards, it was planted between 2012 and 2014 by Kristin Syltevik who, with her partner, has established a 850 acre organic farming estate. Besides the vineyard, the site includes livestock, arable production and even holiday cottages. Oxney is the third largest organic vineyard in the UK and launched its first sparkling wine in Nov 2016.
The Oxney range includes a still white, still rosé and a classic cuvée sparkling. Oxney Organic Estate’s English Pinot Noir Rosé 2015, made by the estate’s winemaker Ben Smith, won the top trophy and gold medal at the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016. The house style is for fruit driven, elegant and dry wines with great acid balance and texture. They are available at Oxney’s cellar door at the winery and online.
Oxney’s cellar door (at Hobbs Lane, Beckley, TN31 6TU) is staffed by a friendly team and stocked with wines and a small collection of wine-related gifts. Organic lamb boxes are available in autumn. You can also visit for an hour’s Walking/Talking/Tasting Tour. Learn about Oxney’s approach to viticulture, get an introduction to winemaking, and enjoy a guided tasting of the estate’s wines (£10 person, over-18s only). The estate is open Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm, on Saturday by appointment and closed Sunday and bank holidays.
Oxney’s Odiam Barns holiday cottages are 15 minutes from the vineyard at Odiam Farm at Stone Cum Ebony between Tenterden and Rye. Choose from the two-bedroom Little Barn, or the Grade II listed Old Barn or Long Barn, the former with three bedrooms, the latter two. The style in each is a mix of old and new, with oak, coir, painted floors and neutral colours. Most beds have organic mattresses and the barns’ water, electricity and heating is 100% renewable. Each barn has its own outside space with lawn, patio and traditional outdoor seating made from local coppiced chestnut.
New at the vineyard itself are two charming shepherd’s huts with vine views!