Saturday 17th September 2016
Had an utterly lovely day out visiting the Nyetimber vineyard in West Sussex for one of their rare open days, and enjoying the surrounding countryside.
London September 2016
On our walk from Pulborough to Nutbourne, where we were planning to stop for lunch. I took pictures along the route to help Natalie catch up, as she'd taken a later train.
Walking along the track with Andrew.
Me, Chie and Erika walking along the track.
Not a very interesting picture but an important turning on the route!
Out across an open field now to Nutnourne.
...and passed through a farmyard the other side.
Odd to see people from work in this kind of rural setting.
Entering Nutbourne now.
Outside the Rising Sun in Nutbourne, where we stopped (rather longer than we probably should have) for lunch.
The menu at the Rising Sun in Nutbourne. The food was very good here.
First of the two bottles of the (extremely) local Nutbourne Vineyards wine we had with lunch - this is the "blush".
Erika trying on Natalie's tweed cap. Natalie impressively arrived at the pub only about 10 minutes after we did (pretty good as her train arrived half an hour later than ours!).
I wanted to get this sort of country squire type picture, of me in my new tweed suit, in the village inn, with a glass of the local wine.
The other Nutbourne vineyards wine we tried - the Sussex Reserve. I slightly preferred the first one, but both were very good.
Our table, taken by a member of staff. We should have already left by this point to make it to the 2 o' clock tour at Nyetimber, but we were having such a nice time I didn't want to rush.
Finally arrived at Nyetimber. A bit late for the 2 o' clock tour.
Very kindly the people at Nyetimber let us join the tasting part of the 2 o' clock session, but then the tour part of the 4 o' clock session. Which worked out really well.
At the table, after the tasting had finished.
Outside again, in the very nice grounds of Nyetimber manor, waiting for the 4 o' clock tour to start.
Me, Andrew, Natalie and Erika in the grounds of Nyetimber.
A bit more hanging around before the tour started.
On the tour around the vineyards now - this must be chardonnay!
Julian Kirk there talking us through the vineyards.
Into one of the pinots now - I think this is pinot noir.
Yep looks like pinot noir.
The weather wasn't great, but the grey clouds leant a sense of drama or something.
Maybe this is Pinot Meunier rather than Pinot Noir?
Oh definitely Meunier.
Back at the barn, I popped in to buy a couple of bottles and couldn't resist taking this picture of all the boxes and bottles.
Rather nice lanterns in this room.
Hanging around waiting for the Nyetimber minibus to take us back to the station.
One last shot of Nyetimber before heading to the train.
On the train on the way back, I got some fish and chips to keep us going from the place near the station (the only option really!) plus of course some more Nyetimber. Had to improvise a bit with the cups.
Natalie reading Erika a story.