Food and drink: South East England Vineyard Product Showcase

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What is it?

The Wine Garden of England links seven of Kent’s top wine producers to create a world-class wine trail and visitor experience in Kent. Our wine producers are a group of industry pioneers, many of who already deliver award-winning wines around the world.

As well as offering a glimpse into the craft of traditional wine making, Kent is home to golden blue-flag beaches, stunning castles, exciting culture and delicious food.

Why go there?

England is one of the most dynamic and fast growing wine regions in the world, with Kent boasting the most favourable climate for viticulture in the country. Kent’s charming vineyards are set in some of the most picturesque corners of England, and visitors can spend time sampling award-winning wines and indulging in delicious home-grown seasonal produce.

The Wine Garden of England ranges from England’s leading wine producers to the first Champagne House to plant a vineyard on English soil. Visitors will discover the secrets behind crafting wine using the ‘méthode traditionelle,’ when they meet our craftspeople responsible for creating exquisite English still and sparkling wines. After exploring the sun-kissed vineyards, visitors can enjoy tutored wine tastings of critically-acclaimed English wines from the comfort of our many elegant tasting rooms, each with their own unique character.

How to get there

If arriving by air, London Gatwick and Heathrow offer worldwide connections into England, and both airports have road and rail connections into Kent.

Rail travel to and around Kent is operated by Southeastern. London Bridge, Charing Cross, London Waterloo East, Victoria and St Pancras International stations all connect to Kent destinations, with St Pancras International operating the High Speed service, taking less than 40 minutes from London. Eurostar services from Europe also stop at Ashford and Ebbsfleet International stations.

If travelling by car the best way into the county from the UK is to head to London and the M25. Once on the M25, pick up either the M20 or M2 motorways that run through the centre of the county.

Kent is also accessible by sea via P&O ferries and DFDS Seaways who both operate 90 minute services from Calais to the Port of Dover.

The Vineyard Locations:

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English Wine Tasting and Tours

Plan a day trip with a difference sampling award-winning wines and indulging in fantastic seasonal produce with English Wine Tasting and Tours.

English Wine Tours will take you to two outstanding vineyards in Kent. The day will begin with a morning stroll through the vine covered fields of Chapel Down winery. You’ll learn about the art of winemaking and be able to sample their multi-award winning still and sparkling wines in a guided tasting. Lunch will follow at either The Goudhurst Inn or The Ship Inn, both serving traditional English dishes using fresh local ingredients. After an exquisite meal, you’ll be whisked away to The Hush Heath Estate to sample their outstanding range of wines.

Luxury travel to and from London will be provided to make for a stress free day and included in the price.

Wine Tours depart every Thursday and Saturday from central London (English Grounds, Near London Bridge) and tickets can be purchased direct from www.EnglishWineTastingTours.co.uk .  Discount for groups of 6 +.

Private and bespoke tours available on request to find out more contact info@EnglishWineTastingTours.co.uk

English wine tours minibus
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Biddenden Vineyards

Biddenden Vineyards

Established in 1969, Biddenden Vineyards is Kent’s original vineyard, owned by the Barnes family and has remained family run ever since. Eleven different varieties of grapes are grown onsite with all vine work and picking done by hand to ensure the very best quality.

Visitors are welcome all year round to experience the splendid wine tours and can sample Biddenden’s signature wine, Ortega, which is a double winner of English wine of the Year.

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Biddenden Vineyard
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Chapel Down

Chapel Down

Set amongst 22 acres of vineyards, recognised as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,’ Chapel Down winery offers a world class range of sparkling and still wines, and is England’s leading wine producer. Chapel Down winery has excellent visitor facilities including a two AA Rosette and Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant and a shop stocking wines, spirits, beer and a variety of local produce. The vineyard tours run from May – September with wine tasting classed throughout the year.

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Chappel Down vineyard
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Domaine Evremond

Domaine Evremond

Launched in 2015, Domaine Evremond marked wine history as Champagne Taittinger and UK partners, Hatch Mansfield, bought 69 hectares of land with the intention of planting a vineyard – the first Champagne house to do so.

Domaine Evremond want to share their story as it unfolds, with the first fruits appearing in 2019 to make their first bottles. A long patient wait will follow until we can sample their first sparkling wines in 2023.

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Domaine Evermond vineyard
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Gusbourne

Gusbourne

Gusbourne Estate dates back to 1410 and in 2004 was taken over with the intention to create wines that would compete with the very finest offerings across the globe. Since the first release in 2010, their trio of English sparkling wines have received critical acclaim in major UK and international competitions.

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Gusbourne vineyard
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Hush Heath Estate

Hush Heath Estate

With family values at its core, Hush Heath Estate has a distinct ‘house style,’ producing wines of great elegance and purity. The vineyards are located on a 400-acre Tudor Estate in the heart of the ‘Wine Garden of England,’ with ancient oak woodlands, vineyards, apple orchards and wildflower meadows ready to explore.

Visitors are welcome to taste Hush Heath’s nationally and internationally award-winning wines in the new tasting room that overlooks the vineyards.

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Hush Heath vineyard
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Simpsons Wine Estate

Simpsons Wine Estate

The Simpsons have been making award-winning wines at their Southern French property since 2002. They have brought their wine expertise to Kent, enticed by the quality of the terroir and the opportunity to become part of the most dynamic wine region in the world.

Simpsons Wine Estate offers vineyard and winery tours and tastings, which are held in the elegant Glasshouse Tasting Room with the world’s first winery helter-skelter slide.

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The world’s first winery helter-skelter slide at Simpsons Wine Estate
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Squerryes

Squerryes

Squerryes winery is nestled at the foot of the North Downs and only use fruit grown onsite to produce their award-winning vintage. Respecting the ‘traditional method’ of making wine, Squerryes take a minimum of four years to make their Brut and Rosé wine from their hand-picked harvest.

Visitors can enjoy a number of food and Squerryes-led experiences in the spring and summer months, as well as a number of premium private tours of the vineyard and winery.

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Squerryes Vineyard