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