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On August 19th a party of 15 members of The Rotary Club of Eastbourne and their partners travelled to the Kent/Sussex border, for a tour of Great Dixter, followed by Chapel Down Vineyard, most by coach but a few by car, especially those who wanted to top up their tans!

We had a private tour of Great Dixter, with the doors firmly locked. The house was built in the mid 15th Century, with later additions built on. Members then toured the rather beautiful gardens at will before leaving for lunch in Tenterden.

Most of the male members of the party made a bee line for the local hostelry, not least for its range of Shepherd Neame ales.

Others scattered themselves down the High Street:

the President making straight for his favoured Café Rouge.

We then drove the short distance to Chapel Down Vineyard, where we had a look at the extensive acreage of vines, the grape pressing plant and the bottling area. The day concluded with a tasting of 6 of their wines, red, white and sparkling.

Trip to Great Dixter & Chapel Down Vineyard

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Story by Andy Kinniburgh who organised the event Photos by Roy Morris