Full time Tours & Events Assistant required

Full time Tours & Events Assistant required


Bluebell Vineyard Estates is an award-winning producer of English Sparkling Wines in East Sussex. We now have 100 acres under vine, and with our winery and tasting room on site we welcome visitors to our cellar door throughout the year for tours and tastings.  We host regular vineyard tours and bespoke events, as well as attending outside shows and customer tastings. 

An exciting opportunity has opened up to join our team and we are looking for a full-time tours and events assistant to help us grow our cellar door operation.

As Tours & Events Assistant you will take customers on tours of the vineyard and estate, conduct tutored wine tastings in our tasting room, attend off-site wine tastings and wine shows, help develop and implement our vineyard events programme and manage all aspects of tour administration including tour bookings and enquiries.

We need a team player who is confident, outgoing and passionate about English wine.  We want someone committed to delivering exceptional and fun customer experiences and who is flexible to grow with the role as it develops. 

This is a full-time role, which will include Saturdays, with the possibility of some evening work and the occasional Sunday.  Full training will be provided.  The position is available for an immediate start.  Please send your covering letter and CV to Collette O’Leary at wineinfo@bluebellvineyard.co.uk.

Key responsibilities:

·         Conduct tours of Bluebell Vineyard Estate and Winery

·         Conduct tutored wine tastings at the Estate in the tasting room

·         Attend off-site wine tasting events and shows and act as an ambassador for Bluebell Vineyard

·         Tasting room maintenance including tidying, stocking up and promotional display

·         Managing tour bookings and tour administration, respond to customer enquiries

·         Other administrative duties including website maintenance


·         Enthusiasm and passion for the English wine industry

·         An understanding of the winemaking process and a minimum of WSET Level 2

·         A can-do, flexible, positive attitude with a strong interest in delivering excellent customer service

·         Good organisational skills and time management

·         Confident and clear communicator with the ability to deliver information clearly and concisely

·         Previous experience in a wine retail or sommelier role (desirable)

·         Must be over 18

·         Drivers License with own transport

·         Good computer skills to use our tour booking system

·         The ability to regularly lift cases of wine weighing up to 20 kilograms


New picnic lunch boxes available


Book a picnic lunch box for two with local cheese from High Weald Dairy, Charcuterie from Beal's Farm, biscuits and Chutney from Deerview. Take the picnic box out into the vineyard and enjoy overlooking the vines and ponds! £20.00

Please give us four day notice if you would like to book a picnic box. 

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Celebrating English Wine week

Celebrating English Wine week

English Wine Week starts tomorrow with Wines of Great Britain!

To celebrate we have a week of activities planned, kicking off with our Spring Wine Sale 10am to 2pm tomorrow. Drop in to the tasting room for free wine tastings and 15% discounts off cellar door prices. We will be showcasing our The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) and Decanter Awards Gold Medal winning Late Disgorged Blanc de Blancs 2008 and our Rose 2014, Joanna Simon 'Wine of the Week'.

We are open bank holiday Monday for tours and tastings 10am to 4pm. Join us at 2pm for our fun and informal vineyard tour. To book your tour visit www.bluebellvineyard.co.uk.

We will finish the week with our sparkling wine dinner with Alex Jacquemin on 2nd June. We only have two tickets left for this 5 course gourmet food and wine feast so grab your ticket fast!

Spring wine sale Saturday 26th may

Bluebell vineyard Spring wine sale 26th May

To celebrate the start of English Wine Week 2018 we are holding a Spring Wine Sale! Free tastings, 15% discounts off our sparkling wines (minimum 3 bottle purchase) and the chance to chat to the winemaking team. Join us between 10am and 2pm.

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Brighton Wine Week - 5th to 15th April

We are really looking forward to taking part in Brighton Wine Week which kicked off yesterday! There's loads going on over the next 10 days so check out Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival for information on wine dinners, free tastings and events.

For a taste of Bluebell Vineyard and our delicious wines join us at the events below:

Drop into Merkaba My Brighton for a glass of our Hindleap Classic Cuvee which is being featured as one of the wines of the week. Only £7 a glass, this wine will tickle your taste buds!

Sussex Tasting Tour at the wonderful Isaac At on Tuesday 10th. All dishes will showcase the best of the south coast on a plate, matched to wonderful Sussex wines including our Hindleap Blanc de Blancs. We've had a sneak peak at the menu and it looks incredible!

Brighton Wine & Gin festival on 15th April at Merkaba. We will be offering wine tastings of our full range so come and meet the team and learn about our Hindleap wines. The perfect way to toast the close of Brighton Wine Week 2018!

Easter opening hours

We are open on Good Friday 30th March and Saturday 31st March 10am to 4pm. We have our regular vineyard and winery tour at 11am on Good Friday and we have our Easter Chocolate & Fizz tour at 2.30pm on Saturday. We will also be open for drop in tastings both days. 

We will be closed Easter Sunday and Easter Monday (and probably enjoying a glass of Hindleap!) and will re-open Tuesday 2nd April.

Introducing our new vintage sparkling Rosé - the Hindleap 2014 Rosé.

Introducing our new vintage sparkling Rosé - the Hindleap 2014 Rosé.

We are pleased as punch with this new vintage; the 2014 growing season was almost perfect and delivered fruit with great concentration of flavours. Made from 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Pinot Meunier, this Rosé is full of strawberry and cream aromas, with a delicate raspberry and cranberry crunch. It's going to make perfect summer drinking!

The Rosé is available for tasting at our cellar door and is available through our stockists including South Downs Cellars and tengreenbottles.

Launch of Sussex Wineries

We were delighted to attend the launch of Sussex Wineries last night! Sussex Wineries is a collaboration of inspiring Sussex wine estates who have come together to promote Sussex wines, our tasting rooms and wine tourism in Sussex.

Members include Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Ridgeview WineBolney Wine EstateAlbourne EstateWiston Estate WineryStopham VineyardRathfinny EstateOxney Organic Estate.

Thanks to the wonderful Murmur Restaurant in Brighton for hosting us and for providing delicious canapes.

We have lots of exciting plans including the inaugural Sussex Wine Weekend which will take place 15th – 17th June 2018! Check out our website www.sussexwineries.co.uk and follow us on twitter @sussexwineries for more details. Cheers!

Easter Fizz & Chocolate Tour Saturday 31st March at 2.30pm

Join us for our Easter Fizz and Chocolate Tour! All the best bits of our normal vineyard & winery tour, but with chocolate tasting thrown into the mix!

We've paired our delicious fizz with a range of luxury chocolates. During the tasting you'll get the chance to assess the perfect wine match for white, milk and dark chocolate and determine your favourites.

The afternoon will start with an introduction to Bluebell Vineyard and a discussion about grape growing in England, followed by a trip to the winery and an explanation of sparkling wine production and the magic of the bubbles! We will finish with a tasting of our award-winning Hindleap sparkling wines matched to different chocolates.

Saturday 31st March, 2.30pm. Tours are £22.50 per person and must be booked in advance via our website: http://www.bluebellvineyard.org/toursandtastings/

Christmas wine sale Saturday 2nd December!

Don't forget our Christmas wine sale this Saturday, 2nd December! 

We are offering 25% discounts off Christmas wines and free wine tastings to help you choose your Christmas tipple.

We will also have gift vouchers for tours & tastings and gift experiences available to purchase, free wine and food tastings and our new Christmas Sussex Food Hampers available to order for collection before Christmas.

So join us 10am - 4pm this Saturday for some fun and fizz.

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Introducing our Christmas Wine Lover's Hamper!

Introducing our Christmas Wine Lover's Hamper!

Take the stress out of Christmas shopping with one of our wine lover's hampers.

The hamper includes:

- Our sparkling trio which includes a bottle of our award-winning Blanc de Blancs 2014, Classic Cuvee 2014 and Rose 2013

- A tour and tasting for two at Bluebell Vineyard, with a tutored tasting through four sparkling wines

- A pack of six handcrafted luxury truffles

- A Bluebell Vineyard branded sparkling wine stopper to keep your fizz fresh (if there's any left!)

All neatly packaged in a stylish hamper for £125.  Collection from the vineyard only.