Chapel Down

Pick up new vin­tages, Stay FOR lunch and See The vine­yard at One OF eng­land’s TOP Winer­ies

Country Homes & Interiors - - OUT AND ABOUT -

In the pic­turesque vil­lage of Ten­ter­den in Kent you’ll dis­cover the coun­try’s lead­ing wine pro­ducer, Chapel Down. Within 22 acres in an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty, you’ll find the shop stock­ing lo­cal pro­duce, table­ware, gifts and, of course, wine! Next door is the

Bib Gour­mand-awarded restau­rant, The Swan. We asked Chapel Down’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mark Har­vey, to tell us more…

What does Chapel down have

to of­fer? Our fan­tas­tic wines are all avail­able to try in store at the Cel­lar Door shop. We also host reg­u­lar cheese and wine nights, so cus­tomers can dis­cover ar­ti­san mak­ers from around the coun­try.

What does Chapel down

pro­duce? As well as wine, we make a range of Cu­ri­ous beers and cider, which are pro­duced us­ing wine­mak­ing tech­niques to cre­ate unique prod­ucts. We also have re­cently re­leased a 23-year-old English grape brandy called Lam­ber­hurst Fine & Rare.

do you have any per­sonal

rec­om­men­da­tions? The two I rec­om­mend most fre­quently are our Chapel Down Brut, a fruit-for­ward sparkling wine that typ­i­fies how mouth­wa­ter­ingly re­fresh­ing wines from Eng­land can be. I also be­lieve our still Chardon­nays are world-class. What about tast­ing tours? We host friendly and in­for­ma­tive tours of the vine­yards and win­ery with one of our Wine & Spirit Ed­u­ca­tion Trust (Wset)-trained guides or a mem­ber of our wine­mak­ing team. how did the style of your new tast­ing room Come about? Lead­ing Bri­tish jew­ellery de­signer Stephen Webster was a big in­flu­ence on the in­te­rior de­sign of The Wine Sanc­tu­ary. The bar front features a chalk resin façade en­crusted with shards of Kent flint, while the sur­round­ing glass walls pro­vide beau­ti­ful views over our vine­yard. Show­ing off the vines is a big part of the de­sign of ev­ery el­e­ment of Chapel Down – The Swan’s ter­races are a fan­tas­tic place to en­joy the land­scape. CHAPEL DOWN WIN­ERY, SMALL HYTHE, KENT TN20 7NG, 01580 766111, CHAPELDOWN.COM.

learn more about wine on a guided tour of the vine­yard, which is lo­cated in the beau­ti­ful Kent coun­try­side.

(From left) Grapes are har­vested in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber; visit the new tast­ing room, The Wine Sanc­tu­ary; the crisp and re­fresh­ing Rosé Brut.

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