Raise a glass to Kent's vineyards
Harvest celebrations are just a month away, but if you thought that only meant farm shops bursting with onions and apples here in Kent, think again! Kent’s 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. And while you won't be able to have that first taste of this year's crop just yet, we recommend paying a visit to their tasting rooms for a sample of what's to come.
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 the harvest (Kentish, of course).
Remember, if you're out and about exploring Kent's vineyards this summer, 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.
Pssstt….if you want to see Biddenden’s vines before harvesting, you’d better be quick because the grapes are set to be picked in just a few short weeks! Take a free self-guided tour for the ultimate tranquil afternoon and don’t forget your four-legged friend as dogs are welcome to the take the tour too! But before you go, be sure to stop by the shop for tastings and a bottle or two to take home, because what vineyard tour would be complete without a sample of their best produce? 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 summer tour. 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
Soak up the late summer sunshine on a guided tour and tasting at Simpsons Wine Estate on 23rd August and you’ll be treated to sunset views over the vines, so have your phone handy for those Instagram shots. Take the journey from grape to glass, before chilling out in the elegant Glass House Tasting Room for a glass of Roman Road Chardonnay paired with a Macknade Fine Foods platter. Follow the Roman Road.
Set high up on the North Downs along the iconic Pilgrim’s Way, it doesn’t get much more Kentish than the 36 acre vineyard at Squerryes, so where better than here to enjoy local wine and Kentish produce? Every Sunday until 2nd September they will be throwing open the doors onto the sun-drenched terrace to offer brunch overlooking the vines, so be sure to pull up a chair for a glass of signature Squerryes before autumn rolls around. A sparkling brunch
You are invited to sip, share and discover the stories behind some of England’s finest wines at the brand new and exclusive Wine Garden of England Festival at Rochester Cathedral, taking place on Saturday 17th November. Sponsored by Southeastern and set in the hallowed halls of the stunning Rochester Cathedral, the festival will honour Kent's top wine producers, and one of the county’s very first producers – a monk who championed viticulture at the cathedral more than 1,000 years ago. Take in the stunning architecture and experience the rich history and heritage of Kent's wine. Register now