Raise a glass to Kent's vineyards
Harvest celebrations have commenced across the county, but if you thought that simply meant farm shops bursting with onions and apples here in Kent, think again! Our rolling landscape is home to some of the most exciting wine producers in England and right now their vineyards are laden with grapes ready for the picking.
Whether you’re already partial to a tipple of Kentish wine, or you’re just popping the cork on the best our county has to offer, now is the time to visit the vineyards, so take a peak and raise a glass to this year’s harvest (Kentish, of course).
Remember, if you're out and about exploring Kent's vineyards this season, don't forget to share your stories with us on Instagram and Twitter using #winegardenofengland. To find out more about Kent's vineyards, visit the Wine Garden of England website.
Discover something new at Kent’s oldest vineyard when you embark on one of Biddenden Vineyards’ self-guided tours, brand-new for 2021. Follow a marked route as it takes you on a walk through the vines, giving an insight into Biddenden’s family vineyard history and the grape varieties grown on the estate. This self-guided tour includes a tasting flight of either three or six wines, and there’s no need to pre-book, simply check in and purchase your self-guided pack at the Vineyard Shop on arrival. Take the tour
As England’s leading vineyard, no tour of Kent’s wine country would be complete without a visit to Chapel Down. 22 acres is waiting to be explored in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so don’t expect to cover it all in one visit. The best way to capture the taste of the renowned vineyard is to take the tour, so book on for a visit to the winery and a tutored tasting, or why not sit and sip over a delectable dinner in the Swan Restaurant and just take it all in? Outstanding wine and beauty
Gusbourne’s Kentish vineyard rolls across more than 60 hectares, so keep your eyes peeled and see if you can spot their three grape varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, on a tour this season. Once you’ve checked out the grapes, check in to the Nest for a taste of their award-winning wines and see (or taste) for yourself why Gusbourne was named 2017’s English Wine Producer of the Year! From grape to glass
Tucked away in the countryside, Hush Heath offers a tempting mixture of award-winning wine, vineyards, and laden apple orchards on their exclusive evening tours. Harvest celebrations don’t come much better than this, so take the tour and sip on their sensational selection of wines and ciders for the ultimate late summer shindig. Apples and grapes
To toast the arrival of the harvest season, why not join one of Simpsons Wine Estate’s weekday Tasting Experiences? Nestled in the elegant Glass House Tasting Room, which offers a wonderful vantage point overlooking Simpsons’ world-class winery, discover more about the story of the Estate and enjoy a guided tasting of award-winning still and sparkling wines. Visit their website to discover more. Booking is essential. Sip away with Simpsons
Why limit yourself to one vineyard while exploring the Wine Garden of England? SmoothRed Wine Tours allows you to travel across Kent through its many vineyards, experiencing the very best in bespoke, tailor-made wine tours for the budding sommelier. With meticulously researched itineraries that include luxurious award winning hotels, acclaimed Kentish pubs, and of course, tasting a wide range of the country's finest wine produce every day, a SmoothRed tour is a must for the oenophile. Wines and dines in the vines
Set in the Kent countryside at Hawkinge, with views across the English Channel, Terlingham Vineyard is a family-run vineyard named in The Times earlier this year as one of the top UK vineyards to visit. In just ten years, owners Graham and Lorna Wilks, together with their daughters Jackie, Caroline, and Ashleigh, have poured their passion for wine and sustainability into creating an eco-friendly vineyard that’s winning awards for its wines. With tasting tours, wellness retreats, and accommodation all on the onsite menu, Terlingham offers the ultimate escape in Kent. Wonderful wine and wellness
Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts
Many of Kent’s very best vineyards sit right on the doorstep of Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts, and they’ve partnered with Wine Tours of Kent who will collect you from your Shepherds Huts and take you on a day long tour with tastings, with lunch included too! Nearby, explore Biddenden, Chapel Down, Gusbourne and Woodchurch to name just a few, and once you’ve finished your day there’s little better than enjoying a glass or two of local wine whilst taking in the countryside views from the huts. A bottle of Biddenden Ortega is also included with every stay, so if you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in the Wine Garden of England, this is the perfect place to stay. Sip and stay...