Discover the best vineyards near Guildford with the Marasby guide.
With the North Downs ridge of chalky soils running close by Guildford, many of the best vineyards nearby are heavily involved in the English sparkling wine movement. Yet Surrey is home to 14 winemaking vineyards, all of which benefit from the county’s high quality soils and balanced climate. As a result, there is considerable diversity found in the county’s vineyards. These include some of the most beautiful vineyards in England, some of the country’s largest, and also some of the most forward-looking and progressive.
Guildford is the county town of Surrey found just outside the M25. Stooped in rich historical heritage, Guildford is home to the first recorded cricket match, as well as Guildford castle, the only royal castle in the county. Since Guildford is just 27 miles from London and a day trip away from the south coast, it’s no surprise that the town is one of England’s most popular destinations for both international and domestic tourists.
So without further ado, here is the Marasby pick of the best vineyards near Guildford:
Chilworth Manor Vineyard
Chilworth Manor is a stunningly beautiful private estate that has recently turned its hand to producing wine. Set in the scenic grounds of a grade 2 listed property, Chilworth Manor Vineyard focuses on quality rather than quantity, making still rosé and sparkling wine. Chilworth makes a lovely day out for those looking to enjoy the gardens with a glass of wine, while for those more curious about the art of making this wine, vineyard tours will be available from the summer of 2023.
Albury Organic Vineyard
This family-run vineyard stands out amongst those near Guildford due to its ethos of organic and biodynamic wine practices. It is run by Alex, one of the only female vineyard managers in the UK. Situated in the rolling hills of the North Downs, the picturesque setting gives rise to a range of fantastic sparkling and still wines. All of their wines can be enjoyed at the Albury tasting room along with cheese and regular music events. Notable mention must go to Albury’s superb Blanc de Noir.
High Clandon Estate Vineyard
Founded in 2004 by a husband and wife duo, High Clandon is on a mission to produce sparkling wines better than Champagne. With multiple gold medals won across the UK’s biggest competitions, it seems like this mission could well be acheived! However, the High Clandon experience doesn’t stop at wine, as the estate produces its own honey and, with an acompanying truffle farm, there is interest for visitors of all ages. For those looking to delve into the intricacies of the wine production process, High Clandon offer IWC Cellar Door of the Year award-winning tours.
Denbies Wine estate
With their first vine being planted in 1984, Denbies now has over 260 acres under vine, making it one of the largest vineyards in the UK. Situated at the foot of Box Hill amongst the national parks surrounding Dorking, Denbies is a thriving vineyard that offers so much more than wine. There are tours of the newly built winery and train tours of the vineyards, in which Denbies sets the scene to enjoy their award-winning Blanc de Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Having sampled their wines, Denbies also offers a hotel and restaurant, making it a perfect getaway for people looking to escape the city or those looking to enjoy the English countryside.
Having produced wine for 30 years, Greyfriars is no newcomer to the English wine scene. This experience is largely responsible for the estate having produced the most award-winning wines of any vineyard near Guildord, and indeed in the whole county of Surrey. One of the closest vineyards of our selection to the centre of Guildford itself, Greyfriars should definitely be on list for anyone visiting the town.
The Best Vineyards Near Guildford
Guildford is at the epicentre of a wine producing powerhouse in the form of Surrey, with many fantastic wines and experiences to offer. Its range of vineyards means there is a wine and an experience for everyone, be it a family or a wine expert looking to explore English wine. So make sure Guildford is at the top of the list for every day-trip consideration and you wont be disappointed.
Join the 1%
England is the world’s most exciting cool climate wine region, yet 99% of the wine we drink in the UK is still imported. Visit one of Guildford’s fantastic vineyards, join the Marasby Club or buy a Marasby tote, and join the 1% leaning into local, sustainable and delicious English wine.