The Wine Garden of England: 7 of Kent’s wineries team up

PUBLISHED: 17:13 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:35 09 October 2018

Julian, Sally, Will and Tom Barnes (Biddenden Vineyards), Henry Ward (Squerryes), Charles and Ruth Simpson (Simpsons Wine Estate), Richard and Leslie Balfour-Lynn (Hush Heath Estate), Charlie Holland (Gusbourne), Patrick McGrath (Domaine Evremond), Mark Harvey (Chapel Down) (photo: Thomas Alexander)

Julian, Sally, Will and Tom Barnes (Biddenden Vineyards), Henry Ward (Squerryes), Charles and Ruth Simpson (Simpsons Wine Estate), Richard and Leslie Balfour-Lynn (Hush Heath Estate), Charlie Holland (Gusbourne), Patrick McGrath (Domaine Evremond), Mark Harvey (Chapel Down) (photo: Thomas Alexander)

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Seven Kentish wine makers have joined forces to form a new partnership to champion and develop the county’s wine tourism offering

The Wine Garden of England represents the diversity of top-quality producers and wineries in Kent; a group of industry pioneers, many already delivering award-winning English wines around the world. The seven wineries have now collectively committed to use their combined strength to create a world-class wine trail and visitor experience in Kent.

United by their passion for winemaking, high-quality products and desire to welcome visitors and share their stories, the producers are working alongside tourism specialists Visit Kent to make this new ‘family’ of vineyards a wine partnership unlike any other.

From the game-changers who are shaping the future of English wine to stylish boutique wineries and family businesses steeped in tradition, each member of the partnership has fascinating stories to share, and a unique visitor experience to offer.

With a combined 120,000 visitors a year, the seven founding members of the Wine Garden of England are: Biddenden Vineyards, Chapel Down, Domaine Evremond, Gusbourne, Hush Heath Estate, Simpsons Wine Estate and Squerryes.

Each producer is situated within its own unique part of the county – picturesque spaces closely linked to London, from just 15 to 30 minutes away by some of the best transport links in the country, including Southeastern’s high-speed rail network.

Click on the tiles below to find out more about each winery:

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For further information on The Wine Garden of England and to read the interviews here in full, please visit www.winegardenofengland.co.uk. The site offers a range of visitor itineraries for recommended day and weekend trips to Kent. These include a range of wine tours with the opportunity to discover food and wine from all corners of the Garden of England. The site aims to eventually allow visitors to buy wines from all the partners, and also create and book their perfect days out, building a personalised wine trail around the county. Visit Kent Ltd is the destination management organisation for Kent, welcoming 60 million visitors a year, championing the county’s £3.6bn tourism industry and supporting more than 72,000 jobs. Visit Kent is delivered by destination management specialists Go To Places Ltd. For further information visit www.visitkent.co.uk (consumer) or tweet @visitkent.

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