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Great Kent Wine Experiences and Wineries to Visit 2022

Published:
00:00 June 12, 2022



Updated:
10:36 am 13 June 2022

With English Wine Week taking place June 18-26, there’s no better time to visit one of Kent’s best wineries. A look back at some of the experiences offered…

Glorious Gusbourne


A lovely way to enjoy a summer’s day – wine tasting at Gusbourne
– Credit: Gusbourne

Throughout English Wine Week, visitors to Gusbourne will be among the first to try the estate’s new 2020 Chardonnay Guinevere across a range of premium experiences including the Discovery Tour (£75pp) and the Estate Tower (£95 pp).

On Sunday, June 19, Gusbourne will launch the new version of its acclaimed 2020 Chardonnay Guinevere at a special tasting and lunch with tutoring, featuring rare vintages from the library paired with Alfred Enderby smoked fish. £105 per person.

On Friday June 24, Daniel Smith of The Fordwich Arms takes center stage in Gusbourne’s third round of 2022 Michelin Star Chefs, with a special paired lunch menu from the famed Kent restaurant at £115pp.

Other opportunities to enjoy and explore the vineyards and cellar of Gusbourne in June include walk-in tastings, tours and picnics. It all looks pretty wonderful – and if you’re looking to make a stay, Gusbourne can advise on taxis and accommodation.

The Woolpack Inn, a five minute drive in Warehorne, with en-suite rooms, a good breakfast and reputedly a friendly ghost, seemed like a good option for us. woolpackwarehorne.co.uk, gusbourne.com

Splendid Simpsons


Enjoy cheese and charcuterie from Macknade at Simpsons

Enjoy carefully selected Macknade cheese and charcuterie to pair with your wine, at Simpsons
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All went well at Simpsons’ Wine Estate in Barham, near Canterbury. Over two days in early May, some 35,000 Chardonnay vines were planted across 22 acres at Bonny Bush Hill Vineyard, part of Ruth and Charles Simpson’s plans to expand its still wine production, and marking nearly a decade since they established their winery. in the heart of the Kent countryside.

While the Simpsons and their team offer tours and tastings throughout the year, we love the idea of ​​the three-hour Sunset Session tour and tasting experience in the summer for £40pp.

It begins with a stroll through the idyllic and iconic Roman Road vineyard, where visitors can learn how the vines are grown and harvested while enjoying a glass of one of The Simpsons’ sumptuous sparkling wines.

Next, you’ll return to the state-of-the-art winery, where you’ll be guided through the art of still wine and classic method winemaking. After that, you’ll have the opportunity to sample current Simpsons wines in the cozy Glass House Tasting Room, with a delicious platter of locally sourced and carefully matched Macknade cheeses and charcuterie to enjoy on the side. End your evening if you dare, with a little tour in the jumble of the house.

If you’re staying there, you can opt for boho luxury at the Pig Hotel at Bridge from £110 a night (thepighotel.com), but we love the look of the cozy shepherd’s hut, with its own hot tub, which sleeps two and is just 246ft from the Simpsons Estate, from £150, hutinthevines.com. simpsonswine.com

Take it around


Exploring Woodchurch Vineyard on the Wine Tours of Kent Adventure

Exploring Woodchurch Vineyard on the Wine Tours of Kent Adventure
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If you want the chance to compare and contrast local wines by visiting a selection of our top Kent wineries – or if you simply fancy a wine-related break with a difference without having to arrange your own accommodation and transport – wine expert Abi Ireland has the country covered.

Her Wine Tours of Kent offers everything from virtual tastings to luxury weekends spent soaking up the county’s finest wine, with all meals prepared and dinner prepared by a chef (from £1,294 pp) .

Its glamping option, however, might just appeal to the more adventurous. Three nights are offered in a luxury safari tent, with a full day Kent wine tour on the second day. Located in a field of wheat, the tents are equipped with a shower room, a wood stove to keep you warm and an outdoor fireplace. Her spacious layout can sleep up to eight people, making her a great choice for friends or couples looking to spend time together enjoying the Kent countryside.

Or how about an option to celebrate something special? Wineries visited on day two are Chapel Down in Tenterden, Gusbourne, Woodchurch Wine, Biddenden Vineyard and Hush Heath in Staplehurst – all at the top of their game so there will be plenty to savour. You can also have lunch in a country pub, and transport is included throughout the day. So you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the wine. From £137 per person. winetoursofkent.co.uk.

Canterbury Wine Festival


Canterbury Wine Festival

The Canterbury Wine Festival is coming to town this month
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The ‘Vineyard of England’ comes to Canterbury for a day of wine tasting with Master of Wine, Clive Barlow, who has acted as a consultant for everyone from Waitrose to Sotheby’s.

Held in the town’s Westgate Hall, it’s your chance to get a taste of Kent’s vibrant viticulture and meet representatives from 25 wine producers, including Simpsons Wine Estate, Balfour Hush Heath, Biddenden and Chartham, as well as new names like Heppington and Wayfarer.

There will of course be plenty of opportunities to try the wine and buy your favorites to take home. In addition, Clive will share his ideas and expertise through conferences and masterclasses. Tickets £35 to include 20 tastings per person; Master class £20. westgatehall.org/event/canterbury-wine-festival-2022