England’s first Pinotage Vineyard
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is described as 'The Finest Woodland Gardens in England'. First planted in 1801, the Grade I listed gardens set within the historic 240-acre estate features an outstanding scenery throughout the year.
In 2018, the first commercial Pinotage vines were planted in the UK at Leonardslee and is set to produce its first estate Pinotage in 2020 with an estimated 4000 bottles.
While our vines mature, explore the world of wine pairing with our six wine tasting experiences from our sister estate, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in South Africa. Their award-winning wines can be sampled seven days a week.
Wedding day dreams come true at the idyllic Leonardslee Estate. Set in the heart of West Sussex, Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens is the perfect location for your special day with its romantic landscapes and a breath-taking 19th century Mansion.
Our beautiful country estate boasts stunning formal and ornamental gardens, several lakes, extensive woodlands, local wildlife and the odd Wallaby as well.
Tours and Tastings:
Whilst our vines are maturing, we invite you to experience a wine tasting at Leonardslee House showcasing the produce from our sister property in South Africa. Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, based in the Walker Bay Wine Region, is at the forefront of viticultural and vinicultural excellence and a precursor of what is to come at Leonardslee.
Available seven days a week
Tutored Wine Tasting Experience
£10.00 per person (Free for members when using voucher found in welcome pack)
Enjoy a tasting journey of five of our estate wines from our South African vineyard at Benguela Cove.
Walking Tour of England’s first Pinotage Vineyard
£12.00 per person
Guided tour of England’s first Pinotage vineyard followed by a tutored tasting of five estate wines in the Mansion House.
Chocolate & Wine Pairing Experience
£15 per person
Experience includes the tasting of five estate wines and five local Sussex chocolates by J. Cocoa.
Cheese & Wine Pairing Experience
£15 per person
Local Sussex cheeses have been hand selected by our chef and paired carefully with five estate wines.
Ultimate Leonardslee Experience
A full-day experience for two people - £140
Join us for the ultimate day out in Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens which includes; garden entry, a sabrage demonstration, vineyard tour, wine tasting and Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House.
Enhance your experience with a Sabrage sparkling wine demonstration
Learn the age-old technique of opening a bottle of sparkling wine with a sabre. The experience includes a bottle of our Benguela Cove 58 Cuvée which serves up to six guests.
Book a wine tasting experience today - https://www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk/wine-tastings
Leonardslee Gardens Wins Gold at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2019-2020
“We are delighted to win the New Tourism Business Award for Excellence 2019. It confirms the superb work by our team at Leonardslee to provide our visitors with truly unique and exceptional experiences.”
- Estate Manager Adam Streeter
Restaurant Interlude wins first MICHELIN Star
Set within the historic Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens estate near Horsham in West Sussex, Restaurant Interlude is believed to be the first UK restaurant associated with its own vineyard to win a MICHELIN Star. It was the only Sussex restaurant to win its first star at the 2020 awards.
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