vineyards and breweries
Award winning wines and beer from the Garden of England
These days Kent is prime English wine country. Here you can enjoy a premium winery tour, and discover one of Britain's best breweries too. Not only that, but with Champagne producer, Taittinger's recent purchase of 170 acres of land in Chilham, you can soon look forward to more exceptional English Sparkling Wine from the Garden of England.
Kent's vineyards have led the way in the renaissance of English wine. Here's just a few of our favourites:
A sparkling rose from the world-class Chapel Down Winery near Tenterden was reportedly served at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and it’s served at British embassies around the world.
The vineyard produces distinctive sparkling wines, whites, roses and reds, including England's first Coeur de Cuvee - as well as award-winning beers. Tour the vineyard, enjoy a tasting, then feast at the winery's own restaurant, The Swan.
The 23 acres of Biddenden Vineyards produces a range of award-winning wines, as well as Biddenden Cider, a strong, still cider produced from a blend of Kentish culinary and desert apples, along with Biddenden Farm Pressed Apple & Pear juices. Tour the vineyard and you'll gain insight into how they produce their award-winning wine, ciders and juices.
Since 2002, the vineyards at Hush Heath Winery have opened their doors for visitors, offering tastings and expert-led tours. Stroll through the beautiful woodlands and orchards or stop for a bite in the Goudhurst Inn, owned by Hush Heath.
As signalled by Kent's profusion of oast houses, the county has a long tradition of producing fine beer. It's fitting then, that Shepherd Neame Brewery is Britain's oldest brewer. A trip round its Faversham brewery walks you through the whole process, from tasting malted barley to sipping fruity ales. Or head to one of the firms' cosy Kentish pubs to sample its creations there; will you have a pint of Spitfire, Bishops Finger or Master Brew?
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