Hastings & Carr Taylor Vineyard Day Trip
Hastings is famous for two things - the sea and 1066. One of the medieval Cinque Ports, Hastings has long had a close relationship with the ocean, and although its fishing industry has declined, it still has Europe's largest beach-launched fishing fleet.
As for the Norman Conquests, Hastings is not the actual location of the famous battle in 1066. That exact spot is just a few miles down the road at Battle Abbey. However, its legacy still colours the entire town. The remains of William the Conqueror's first English castle still stand today, though centuries of warfare and erosion have taken their toll.
Today Hastings offers a range of attractions for the short break visitor. From Britain's steepest funicular, to the meandering alleyways of the Old Town, it's a great place to explore for a few days.
Carr Taylor Vineyard
The Carr Taylor vineyard started producing fine English wine in 1971 and since then has won over 130 awards for their superb wine.
Your visit begins with a tour around the vineyard with an experienced guide, who will be dedicated to your tour. They will entertain you with a brief history of English wine, the problems encountered and the basic differences between a UK vineyard and those in Europe.
You will also have the opportunity to visit the winery to see the vats and presses being used, and learn about some of their wine-making techniques. This is followed by a visit to the bottling room to see the machinery and learn about the specialist production of the Carr Taylor Still and Sparkling Wines.
No visit to a vineyard would be complete without a tutored wine tasting of some of their wines and finally a quick trip to the coffee shop for a drink and piece of cake!