The vineyards around Kent are abundant, alluring and accessible. With over 50 vineyards in the area, it’s never been easier to begin experiencing the home-grown wines right on our doorstep.



CHARTHAM VINEYARD

“Traditional farming values with a modern, eco-friendly approach.”

21 minute drive from Crabtree Farm

Chartham Vineyard
Burnt House Farm, Station Road
Chartham, Canterbury
Kent, CT4 7HU

www.charthamvineyard.co.uk

 

What the owners say:

“Chartham Vineyard, close to the historic city of Canterbury in East Kent, is owned by Dr Roz Waller and her husband Richard Goodenough and managed by Richard’s son, Andy. Vines were first planted here in 2013, in part of our family farm where soils match the terroir of the Champagne region of France.

We work with the highly respected John Worontschak and Mathieu Elzinga of Litmus Wines to turn our grapes into wine. Right from the first vintage, the quality of our wines has been recognised through awards including a Gold Medal for our first sparkling Blanc de Blancs (from chardonnay grapes harvested in 2016).”



BARNSOLE VINEYARD

“Barnsole is a boutique Kent vineyard and winery, and a handful of passionate wine makers who strive to produce premium quality Kentish wines.”

38 minute drive from Crabtree Farm

Barnsole Vineyard Limited
Fleming Road
Staple, Canterbury,
Kent, CT3 1LG

www.barnsole.co.uk

What the owners say:

“Our vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in Kent, situated between the historic city of Canterbury and the delightful Cinque Port town of Sandwich. This is fertile land that has been farmed since ancient times. The loam soil over Thanet Sand regularly offers-up relics, such as Napoleonic buttons, musket balls and the odd clay pipe that was discarded by a farm hand long ago.

Barnsole’s situation delivers the perfect geology and climate to produce the high quality grapes that make our award winning English wines. We diligently nurture our vines throughout the growing season, listening carefully to what the vineyard tells us. Only when we have heard its whisper can we harness the goodness of each wondrous season. We sell English sparkling and English still wines directly to the public from the winery door.”



WESTWELL WINE

“Westwell is located just beneath the Pilgrims Way on the North Downs in Kent; a route used for centuries by Pilgrims travelling to Canterbury. We grow four different varieties – Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Ortega.”

25 minute drive from Crabtree Farm

Westwell Wine Estates
The Vyneyarde, Westwell Lane
Charing, Ashford
Kent, TN27 0BW

www.westwellwines.com

What the owners say:

“Our estate boasts an ideal mix of climate, aspect and soil. There are six classified soil geologies here; and the varieties have been planted with these in mind. Chardonnay is situated on shallower, chalky soils where flint proportions are highest and where it captures the evening sun best. The Pinots are on mixed sand / chalk soil, and our Ortega is planted in the sandiest, most sheltered spot of all to fully develop its fruit-forward, aromatic style.

All our wines are made on-site from fruit grown on our estate. This gives us complete control of the full process and ensures an end product that we can be really proud of.”



BIDDENDEN VINEYARDS

“Here at Biddenden Vineyards, Kent’s original vineyard, we pride ourselves on being a family run vineyard with the second and third generation of the Barnes family managing the estate.”

25 minute drive from Crabtree Farm

Biddenden Vineyards
Gribble Bridge Lane
Biddenden, Ashford
Kent. TN27 8DF

www.biddendenvineyards.com

What the owners say:

“Biddenden Vineyards celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, an exciting milestone to have reached at an exciting time for English, and especially Kentish wine. The family is able to draw on 5 decades of winemaking knowledge and pair this with new methods & techniques to ensure that Biddenden is at the forefront of the English wine industry.”



CHAPEL DOWN

“Chapel Down is England’s leading winemaker and one of the UK’s most exciting drinks companies.”

45 minute drive from Crabtree Farm

Chapel Down Winery
Small Hythe Road
Tenterden, Ashford
Kent TN30 7NG

www.chapeldown.com

What the owners say:

“We produce a world-class range of sparkling and still wines and beautiful gin and vodka together with the award-winning range of Curious beers & cider. Our sparkling wines are some of the best in World and all created from fruit grown in the South-East of England.

We are proud to call the county of Kent our home. Chapel Down is based in Small Hythe near Tenterden where you will find over 25 acres of vineyards set amongst some beautiful Kentish countryside.”



GUSBOURNE

“At Gusbourne we embrace tradition but readily challenge convention, even to make what might seem like minor alterations to the finished wine. Attention to detail is often the difference between great and exceptional.”

31 minute drive from Crabtree Farm

Gusbourne Estate
Kenardington Road
Appledore, Ashford
Kent TN26 2BE

www.gusbourne.com

What the owners say:

“The original Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent dates back to 1410. The de Goosebourne family crest was made up of three geese and can be found in our local parish church in Appledore – nowadays, each and every bottle of wine crafted at Gusbourne carries a contemporary goose crest in honour of our heritage. This ‘Goosemark’ is a symbol of trust, representing our pursuit of uncompromising quality.”



HUSH HEATH

“Set within the rolling hills of Kent, Hush Heath Estate began with a simple love of wine, a handful of vineyards and the will to push boundaries.”

51 minute drive from Crabtree Farm

Hush Heath Estate
Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst
Tonbridge, Maidenstone
Kent, TN12 0HT

www.hushheath.com

What the owners say:

“With the huge success of our first wine, Balfour Brut Rosé, we turned our passion into a family business.

Today, we are proud to offer an exceptional guest experience across 400 acres of pristine Kent countryside. From expert-led winery tours and guided wine tastings, to stunning vineyard walks and nature trails within ancient oak woodland. Open all year, we warmly invite you on a seasonal discovery of English wine and nature like no other.”



SIMPSONS WINE

Simpsons, believe that the finest wines convey a rich sense of provenance and integrity, firmly rooted in the characteristics and exquisite nuances of their terroir. This is why their settled for nothing less than the finest parcels of land in southern England to plant the vines for Simpsons’ exceptional English sparkling wine.

26 minute drive from Crabtree Farm

Simpson’s Wine Estate
The Barns, Church Lane
Barham, Canterbury
Kent, CT4 6PB

www.simpsonswine.com

What the owners say:

“The Simpsons’ vineyards occupy glorious positions on the sunny, sheltered slopes of the North Downs of Kent, protected from the whimsy of the English climate by ancient woodland and anchored in the iconic chalky soils so highly revered in the world of both still and sparkling wine.”



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