Chapel Down: 'North Downs is finest for English wines'
PUBLISHED: 10:49 29 May 2019
This area of Kent is regarded as the finest spot in the country to make the highest quality sparkling wine
Planting is underway at Boarley Farm, the 388-acre site acquired in 2018 by Chapel Down, England's leading wine producer. Together with the contiguous Kit's Coty and Boxley sites, it will form a 620-acre estate of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier plantings on prime land on the North Downs.
This area of England is regarded by Chapel Down as the finest terroir in the country to make the highest quality traditional method sparkling wine.
In a further development for the company, its traditional-method wines will now all transition into ebony glass, offering the best protection in bottle from the impact of UV light.
Pushing the boundaries and continuing to innovate is a central philosophy at Chapel Down, according to MD Mark Harvey. In the last 18 months, for example, it has moved into the world of super-premium spirits with the launch of two gins and a vodka, all made at base from the grape skins of the previous year's harvest.