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The Kent Wine Trail

29 May 2023

4 days from £1,995pp

Explore vineyards in the Garden of England on this four-day tour, which aims to provide a strong representation of both large and small, family run and corporate wine producers

  • Visit the engine room of English wine
  • Visit the iconic Chapel Down and enjoy an included lunch in their onsite restaurant, The Swann
  • Visit Squerryes, the only English wine estate to have won a gold medal for six consecutive vintages in the World Championships of Champaign and Sparkling Wine
  • A pre-harvest tour
These are exciting times for the British wine industry. It has quickly moved from hobbyists, eccentrics and romantics producing amusing, strange and often undrinkable wine, to an emerging player on the world stage. It is a story of coming of age. English wines have been consistently winning international awards in competition with renowned and respected houses and Kent is at the heart of this renaissance. The Garden of England, once the county of apples, hops and soft fruit, is rapidly transforming into the engine room of this new era. An increasingly attractive microclimate for growing wine and a mixture of chalk, sandy loam and Wealden clay soils, make conditions ideal for winegrowers. This four-day tour aims to provide a strong representation of both large and small, family run and corporate wine producers. Our aim is to provide a leisurely and entertaining insight into the range and quality of wines now available and how the industry is likely to develop in coming years, in the company of Will Lyons, a recognised and accessible wine expert. The main emphasis of the tour will on sparkling wines as they currently dominate production and have been the mainstay of the developing an international reputation. We will taste vintage, non-vintage, luxury cuvees, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs and Sparkling Rose. Where available we may also sample still reds and whites. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, this tour combines a tour of bucolic countryside with ancient towns, whilst staying in comfort at the four-star Chilston Park Hotel.

Your Accommodation

Chilston Park Hotel

★★★★
Overview
Over the years Chilston Park Hotel has been home to eminent politicians, writers, lords and viscounts and today it is renowned as one of the best hotels in Kent. A classic British country house hotel set in 22 acres of Kentish parkland with style and charm to spare. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this four red star hotel is its unique styling, enhanced by antiques, some as old as the 17th century manor house.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Hospitality tray offering a selection of Fairtrade teas, coffees, hot chocolate and biscuits
  • Still and sparkling water
  • Flat screen TV with Freeview
  • Hypnos Lansdowne cashmere mattress for a great night’s sleep
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Finest quality toiletries produced exclusively by Gilchrist and Soames
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