Media attention and interest in English wines have never been greater than today. Although there is much historical evidence that serious winemaking was taking place under the Roman occupation over 2000 years ago in this region, the Renaissance of English wine is a relatively new phenomenon across Great Britain but especially on the South Coast of England.
Kent wine is all in the ‘terroir’
It will come as no surprise to visitors that Kent, the Garden of England is one of the most coveted regions for wine production in the British Isles. English sparkling wines from this region have enjoyed a fantastic success story thanks to the ideal growing conditions and soils or ‘terroir’ similar to the Champagne region of France. The rolling hillsides of Kent are peppered with stunning award-winning vineyards bursting with class and character, and touring these wineries has never been easier.
In line with much of the beautiful Kent countryside, the vineyards in Kent are beautiful, abundant and easily accessible. With over 50 vineyards to choose from, visiting one of Kent’s wineries to sample some delicious wine has never been more enticing.
Kent wine tours
With geology and climate ideal for making stunning sparkling and light fruity still wines, our Tours of the Realm can take you on a tantalizing vineyard tour of Kent. Many wines punch well above their weight both in national and international markets and sampling them will be well worth your time. Many vineyards sell their products to visitors, so do make sure that you have a little space left in your suitcase for souvenirs.
Whether it is a full-day English wine tasting tour you are looking for or just a stopover from visiting the magnificent gardens and castles of Kent, we can cater for every need.
The Best Vineyards in Kent
There has never been a better time to sample Kent’s award-winning wines. Many vineyards are now very happy to receive visitors and to impart their intriguing history and knowledge of the winemaking process in this beautiful part of England. You can dip in and out of a few select wineries or you can come on a full-day tour with wine tastings, restaurants, and retail outlets to keep you entertained all day. Here are just a handful of amazing wineries to whet your appetite.
Hush Heath Winery
Hidden away in the glorious Kent countryside near Staplehurst, the Hush Heath Estate and Winery is a real gem. Home of the award-winning Balfour Brut Rose, this winery is open to visitors and offers friendly and informative tours and tasters in beautiful surroundings.
Chapel Down is England’s leading wine producer. Another award-winning passionate producer of sparkling wines, some of which were reputedly served at the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Set among 22 acres of vineyards, the Chapel Down winery is recognized as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. The winery offers tours all year round and it boasts excellent visitor facilities such as their high-quality restaurants, locally sourced produce, beautiful grounds, and herb garden. Visitors can also part-take in a tutored wine tasting experience.
The pretty little village of Biddenden is well known for its impressive vineyards. Established in 1969, it is Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard and it is a must-see on your tour. Together with stunning award-winning wines, this winery also produces cider, which is readily available to sample and take away.
Located in the picturesque village of Staple and situated between the historic city of Canterbury and the delightful cinque-port town of Sandwich, Barnsole is a must-see on any Kent wine tour. It is a boutique vineyard selling beautiful sparkling and still wines to the public straight from their winery door.
Why choose Tours of the Realm?
Whether you are looking for a full day touring the vineyards of Kent and taking advantage of their excellent facilities, or you would like to include a vineyard stopover or two in your guided tour of the glorious gardens and castles of Kent, we would be delighted to help you. We pride ourselves on excellent customer care and we will work closely with you to design your perfect holiday in Kent.