Food and drink: South East England Vineyard Product Showcase
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.