The county of Kent is famed for being the ‘Garden of England’ due to the amount of orchards and hop gardens, making it an ideal area for vineyards and delicious local wines.
As the harvest season approaches, we take a look at some of the best vineyards in the area to visit.
Chapel Down Vineyard – Tenterden
This vineyard is the wine supplier for both Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver. The award-winning facility makes still and sparkling wines, as well as beers and ciders.
It is open daily from 10-5pm and offers guided or group tours, wine tasting, vineyard walks as well as having a shop and restaurant.
Tenterden Vineyard, Small Hythe, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG
Biddenden Vineyard – Biddenden
Known as ‘Kent’s Original Commercial Vineyard’, Biddenden has over 11 different types of grape growing over their 23 acres plot.
The family run business produces around 80,000 bottles a year and has been running since 1969.
The vineyard offers group or guided tours, marked walks around the crops as well as wine tasting.
Biddenden Vineyards, Gribble Bridge Lane, Biddenden, Kent TN27 8DF
Kent Vineyard – Colliers Green
After being resurrected in 2009, this vineyard is now a steady producer of quality wine.
As the vineyard is fairly small they offer set days for tours, Cheery Days, which include production involvement, wine making and of course wine tasting.
Kent Vineyard, Colliers Green, Kent
The Mount Vineyard – Shoreham
Every Wednesday at 7:30pm there is a guided tour through the vineyard followed by tasting of all five of the wines.
Alternatively you can book a private tour and tasting, or visit the vineyard on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 12-6pm.
The Mount, Church Street, Shoreham, Kent TN14 7SD
Hush Heath Estate – Staplehurst
This 400 acre estate is perfect for either an independent walk or guided tour through the vineyards.
Self-guided tours can be taken any day of the week between 11-5pm; guided tours need to be booked.
Five Oak Lane, Junction of Snoad Lane, Staplehurst, Kent TN12 0HX