A directory of Kent’s vibrant vineyards
The vineyards in Kent, of which there are many, are vibrant, thriving and growing fast, which is great for Kent producers. Not only are the conditions in the Garden of England ideal for growing the grapes, but we also have the winemakers here who have the skills and expertise necessary to produce exceptional wine. The story of this county also tells of Romans making wine here over 2,000 years ago – and history certainly seems to be repeating itself. In fact, the Kentish wine renaissance is well underway.
Now all you have to do is swot up on the best the county has to offer – better still, just in time for English Wine week, which commences 23rd May 2015.
Chapel Down Winery
Since it began in 1977, Chapel Down has become the largest UK producer of wine – impressively, its winery boasts a capacity of one million litres!
Small Hythe, Tenterden TN30 7NG
www.chapeldown.com / 01580 766111
Hush Heath Winery
Famous for producing England’s “most exclusive pink fizz” (the Balfour Brut Rosé), Hush Heath Winery has plenty of award-winning options available, including its famed cider.
Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst TN12 0HT
www.shop.hushheath.com / 01622 832794
Established in 1969, Biddenden is Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard, and today boasts 23 acres and grows 11 different varieties of grapes, enabling it to produce excellent white, rosé, and sparkling wines. Free tours are available too.
Gribble Bridge Lane, Biddenden TN27 8DF
www.biddendenvineyards.com / 01580 291726
Terlingham Vineyard & Winery
This stunning vineyard produces a variety of white, rosé, and red wines with delicate floral bouquets and hints of elderflower, lavender, eucalyptus and litchi all present. Although not open to the general public, private tours and wine tastings can be arranged.
Terlingham Lane, Folkestone CT18 7AE
www.terlinghamvineyard.co.uk / 01303 892452
Harbourne Vineyard produces a variety of wines from grapes such as Ortega, Regner, Muller Thurgau, Seyval Blanc and Pinot Meunier.
Wittersham, Tenterden TN30 7NP
www.harbournevineyard.co.uk / 01797 270420
Meopham Valley Vineyard
Whether you choose sparkling, white, rosé, or a mixed case of wine, you know you will be getting quality from Meopham Valley Vineyard. Vineyard tours are available.
Norway House, Wrotham Road, Meopham DA13 0AU
www.meophamvalleyvineyard.co.uk / 01474 812727
The Mount Vineyard
This ideally situated vineyard produces award-winning still and sparkling wines. Arrange a tasting to try it for yourself and find out more.
The Mount, Church Street, Shoreham TN14 7SD
www.themountvineyard.co.uk / 01959 524008
Squerryes Court Vineyard
This triple-award-winning exclusive first vintage reserve is made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes, all grown on the Squerryes Estate.
The Squerryes Estate, Westerham TN16 1SL
www.squerryes.co.uk / 01959 562345
Award-winning winemakers, Gusbourne Estate is all about perfection. Sparkling, white, red, and rosé are all produced here.
Kenardington Road, Appledore TN26 2BE
www.gusbourne.co.uk / 01233 758666
West Fisher Winery
Offering more than just fabulous wine, here you can find vodka liqueurs and cider too, as well as numerous wine tasting events.
The Old Stables, Skid Hill Farm, Skid Hill Lane, Chelsham CR6 9PP
www.westfisher.co.uk / 01883 621364
East Sutton Vine Garden
Since 1989, East Sutton Vine Garden has been producing grapes for some of the best English wine ever produced. Today, it hasn’t let up, offering wines made from a variety of different grapes, plus cider too. Tours available upon request.
East Sutton Road, Maidstone ME17 3DU
www.eastsuttonvinegarden.com / 01622 843191
Farnell Farm Vineyard
Although not a wine producing vineyard, Farnell Farm does grow vines for the general public to take home and cultivate.
Sandhurst Lane, Rolvenden TN17 4PH
Marden Organic (Herbert Hall Wines Ltd)
Herbert Hall is a ‘traditional method’ sparkling wine, handmade from low-yield Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grown organically at the Marden Vineyard in Kent.
Poultry Farm, Plain Road, Marden TN12 9LS
www.herberthall.com / 07956 163519
Throwley Vineyard has won many awards for its exceptional wine, including Gold medals in the International Wine and Spirit Competition and the International Wine Challenge.
The Old Rectory, Throwley, Faversham ME13 0PF
www.throwleyvineyard.co.uk / 01795 890276
Located just below the Pilgrims Way, with conditions similar to that in Champagne, Westwell Wines produces wonderful Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
Westwell Lane, Charing TN25 4NG
www.westwellwines.co.uk / 01233 714618
A combination of the perfect location and a wealth of knowledge makes Woodchurch Wine Estate one to watch.
Susan’s Hill, Woodchurch TN26 3RE
Located near Goudhurst, and run by dedicated duo, Richard and Justin, Kent Vineyard boasts five acres of vines, and currently produces three grape varieties: Bacchus, Schonburger and Seyval Blanc. The vineyard’s first wine, Rampant Horse, was harvested in 2013.
Colliers Green Road, Goudhurst TN17 2LR
KENT VINEYARD LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE DAYS IN COLLABORATION WITH AWARD-WINNING LOCAL PUB
Kent Vineyard has announced the launch of several new ‘wine and vine’ experience days in collaboration with award-winning Sissinghurst pub, The Milkhouse. The vineyard’s Cheery Days events – scheduled to commence on 23rd May 2015 to coincide with English Wine Week – will be available on exclusive days each season, offering visitors the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get involved with English wine production.
During each event, visitors can learn how to care for vines and make wine through immersive experiences and, of course, enjoy a spot of wine tasting. A morning at the vineyard is followed by a two-course lunch at The Milk House pub in Sissinghurst, and a glass of Kent Vineyard’s Rampant Horse wine.