Wealden Talking Point

Bottling Success

A Kent vineyard will send its sparkling wine to Canada after landing a significant deal with one of the world’s largest alcohol buyers.
The contract for Hush Heath Estate came as the Prime Minister Theresa May met businesses and investors in Ottawa last month during a trip to strengthen trade ties with Canada.

Hush Heath’s Balfour 1503 Classic Cuvée has achieved a listing with the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) through its Vintages Classics Programme, which picks out the world’s greatest fine wines and premium spirits.
It is a significant deal for the local producer as the LCBO is one of the world’s largest single purchasers of alcohol and the Balfour 1503 Classic Cuvée will become the first English Sparkling Wine selected for the programme.

“It’s great to see that English sparkling wine has been making a name for itself, not just here in the UK but further afield too,” says Prime Minister Theresa May. “The news that Hush Heath Estate will be supplying to Canadian consumers is hugely welcome and they will be flying the flag for the high-quality of wine being produced in Britain.”
The wine chosen by the LCBO was also featured at DIT’s British Beverage Showcase tasting in July, which promoted newly-listed products to media and restaurateurs.

This listing for the Hush Heath Estate will help to raise the profile of English Sparkling Wine in Canada and help encourage further exporting opportunities and boost culinary tourism.