Our Kent English Wine Tasting Tour takes you to two award winning vineyards in the picturesque county of Kent, named the garden of England for it's ideal fruit growing conditions. Tours visit Chapel Down Winery in the morning and after a delicious 2 course lunch we head to either the Hush Heath Estate or Woodchurch Wines in the afternoon.
History, Background and Live Narrative
Your wine tour will depart promptly from central London, the English Grounds near London Bridge Station so please arrive for 8:45 to ensure a prompt departure at 9:00am. The day will be loaded information as your wine exploration journey will take about 1hr 40minutes to arrive at the first vineyard. Not to worry, we provide a live narrative on the way down that gives you more context about the English wine industry, plus you'll get to enjoy the scenic English countryside views along the way. Our English wine tour guide is an expert in the industry, who will tell you about the history of English wine since the Roman invasion, the significance of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and explain who are the movers and shakers in the English wine industry since the birth of modern English wine that started in the 1950s. You will learn about yield and production levels, what grape varietals are grown and even how much money it takes to start a vineyard in England.
The North Downs and Chapel Down Vineyard
Traveling out of London and across the chalk soil of the Kent North Downs we will make our way through beautiful English countryside and arrive at Chapel Down Winery. Chapel Down is nestled in the 15th century shipbuilding port known as the hamlet of Small Hythe were we will explore the vineyard and learn about English viticulture. You'll enjoy a fully guided tour of the vineyard and winery and learn all about the traditional sparkling winemaking process. Then we head to their tasting room for a guided tasting of their range of English sparkling and still wines. There will be plenty of time to wonder around and browse the wine shop after the tasting.
Food at the The Bull Inn – A Proper Country Pub Lunch
Enjoy a delicious lunch made with local produce and love in this charming traditional English Pub in the village of Benenden. Recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086 Benenden is steeped in industrial history for both iron-making and cloth-making since the 14th century. The Bull Inn is a traditional old English pub where you can choose from a selection of light lunches all served with a glass of English Wine.
Small Producer Vineyard Experience
Planted in 2009, Woodchurch Estate is a small and unique vineyard where we will meet the producer to understand all the hard work that goes into starting a vineyard. Woodchurch specialises in sparkling wine where they have 9 acres of vineyard that produce a classic cuvée, a sparkling rosé, and a delicious blanc de blancs. They have also just released a still chardonnay. You will have a guided wine tasting with the producer and time for purchases.
What's included on the wine tour?
Our fun and informative expert English Wine Tour Guide for the day
Sample an array of award winning English Wines (10 – 13 wines)
Guided Winery and Vineyard Tour, plus Tutored tasting at Chapel Down Winery
Guided Wine Tasting at Woodchurch Wine (Dependent on date booked)
Delicious 2 course pub lunch, plus a glass of English Wine
Goodie Bag – Souvenir Branded English Wine Tasting Tours Jute Bag
Bag of English Crisps and a bottle of Water
Return travel from London in luxury mini-coach (Mercedes)
Air-conditioned for transport for your comfort
Learn how to taste wine like a pro
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