American deal for Kent winery
PUBLISHED: 16:24 10 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:24 10 August 2014
Hush Heath Estate in rural Staplehurst is exporting to the world's largest wine market
Hush Heath Estate in rural Staplehurst has signed a distribution deal to sell its wines and ciders through Valentine Wines in America and will be sending its signature sparkling Balfour Brut Rosé and Jake’s Orchard ciders across the Atlantic this summer.
Hush Heath producer Richard Balfour-Lynn said: “America has just overtaken France as the world’s largest consumer of wine so clearly we are pleased to be entering this market.
“It represents a huge opportunity for the business and elevates Hush Heath Estate to a new standing in the wine industry. To win such international support indicates that we are not solely dependent on our home market championing local produce.”
Hush Heath Estate is set to increase production and plant new vineyards to keep up with demand. The Estate has just launched its first still red wine of which only 2,000 bottles were made, a Pinot Noir from 2013, and will expand with new ventures in Kent and London later this year.