Vineyards and Breweries
These days, Kent is prime English wine country. Here you can enjoy a premium winery tour, sample incredible sparkling and wander through acres of sun-kissed vines. Our soil is so good that even renowned Champagne producers Taittinger have snapped up land in Kent to grow their very own English sparkling wine...
Kent is a dream destination for fans of craft ale and real cider, being home to Britain's oldest brewery and the places where the now famous 'micropub' craze began. We even rival the West Country when it comes to cider producers, so make sure you book an overnight trip to The Garden of England start sampling our terrific tipples.
Here's just a few of our favourite attractions:
This outstanding vineyard is often credited with helping lead the renaissance of English wines. Its vintages regularly win prestigious awards, satisfying the palates of sommeliers and wine-buffs world-wide. Visit the winery in Tenterden and stock up on classy sparking wines, whites, roses and reds, and its gold medal-winning lagers and ciders keep Kentish traditions alive. Take a tour of Chapel Down's well-drained acres, pick up some goodies at its luxury food store then experience fine dining at its atmospheric Swan restaurant.
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, and explore acres of vines that produce award-winning sparkling and still whites and roses, and delicious ciders. After soaking up the sun on the vast estate, stop for a bite in the nearby Goudhurst Inn, owned by Hush Heath.
As signalled by Kent's profusion of oast houses, our 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?