Wine-themed inspiration for the home
PUBLISHED: 13:46 26 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:46 26 April 2015
Celebrate English Wine Week (23-31 May) with Kent Life’s pick of wine-inspired interiors and accessories
A Chalon hand-crafted wine rack can be made with for as few as four bottles (with drawers), through to 120 bottle versions (drawer and non-drawer options), Prices start from £564, www.chalon.com 0800 1601978
Wine Cooler designed by Erik Magnussen, manufactured by Stelton, £50 plus VAT and shipping from Discover&Deliver, www.discoverdeliver.com
Chablis design linen cushion cover with duck feather-filled cushion pad, £35, b. tea towel, £12.50,
Wine table mats featuring four different Red Rhone wine foil designs, £35, all available at www.stormfauna.com.
Bellman glasses, £7.80 each, www.gustavian, 0207 060 2680
Six-bottle metal wine holder with vintage French labels, £23.95, www.melodymaison.co.uk.
Grapes on vine signed and framed print by David Epperson £47.95 (from £7 for print alone) from https://uk.whitewall.com, 02034 111846
Barrel Creations is a Scottish family firm producing a range of unique furniture made from whisky barrels including wine cabinets, from £230, prices for delivery on request, visit http://barrelcreations.co.uk or call 01466 702212.
Try rustic bedside tables, part of a range of made-to-order handcrafted furniture utilising authentic French wine crates, £125, www.boisrustique.co.uk. 01803 865895
Rustic wine rack, part of a range of made-to-order handcrafted furniture utilising authentic French wine crates, £265, www.boisrustique.co.uk 01803 865895
Inspired by a wrist watch, the Menu Wine Thermometer designed by Jakob Wagner, sits round the middle of the bottle displaying the temperature within minutes, £27, The Scandinavian Shop. www.scandinavianshop.co.uk, 01436 673623
Personalised wine crate chest by Under the Oak Tree, £245, available from Not On the High Street, www.notonthehighstreet.com
Stop anyone stealing a drop with a stainless-steel combination lock bottle stop, £15.95 from Whisk Hampers, available from Not On the High Street, www.notonthehighstreet.com
Wine chart poster, £19.50 by Rosie Robins, available from Not On the High Street, www.notonthehighstreet.com
Wine snob sign, £16, Painted Broom Company, available from Not On the High Street, www.notonthehighstreet.com
Champagne cork stool by Impulse Purchase, £150, available from Not On the High Street, www.notonthehighstreet.com
Corkscrew with pocket knife, £125 from Amara, www.amara.com, 0800 587 7645
Duck carafe, £40, Occa Home, www.occa-home.co.uk, 0330 363 0330
Pink wine glass, £3.50, Marks & Spencer, www.marksandspencer.com
Zebag wine carrier, £49.95, www.cuckooland.com, 01305 231231
Alphabet bottle stopper, £14.95, The Letter Room, www.theletteroom.com, 01264 355488
Kent has more reasons than most counties to celebrate English Wine Week with a number of leading wine producers and more than 50 vineyards.
One of these is Biddenden, Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard which is set in 23 acres in a sheltered valley just outside the Wealden village. It was established by the Barnes family in 1969 to produce wines and ciders and continues to do so to this day. Eleven varieties of grapes are grown to produce White, Red, Rosé and Sparkling wines.
“Kent is a main wine producing area in England due to the climate and temperatures which have slightly increased over the last 30 or so years, bringing harvests forward a couple of weeks,” explains Julian Barnes, who has been working at the vineyard his parents set up since 1975.
“We have seen vast changes in the perception and acceptance of English wines over the years; people generally are far more interested in where their food comes from, be that locally reared meat or locally produced wine and around 40,000 visitors come to see our vineyards each year.”
Biddenden Vineyards Ltd
Gribble Bridge Lane
Biddenden TN27 8DF