Spectacular English Wines in the Kent Countryside

This lovely long Easter weekend, my husband and I decided to go and indulge in some wine tasting at the Chapel Down Winery. We had been meaning to go since we tasted their sparkling rose whilst on the quest for a bubbly for our welcome drinks.

Sadly the weather didn’t favour us and it rained the whole time we were there, but this couldn’t detract from the beautiful setting, great wines and friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Chapel Down Herb Garden

For our £10 ticket we were given an informative tour of the vineyard.

Did you know why you find roses in vineyards? Well I do now! There are certain diseases which both the vines and roses suffer from, such as powdery mildew. The roses show the symptoms before the vines, giving early warning to spray the vines.

Chapel Down Roses

Following the tour we got to taste 3 of the Chapel Down white wines, 1 of the reds, a dessert wine and 2 of the sparkling wines. It’s really great to be able to taste so many if you are trying to choose one suitable to the wedding breakfast and also for your welcome drinks.

There were a couple of the whites, which we didn’t get to try in the tasting, but the staff were very accommodating and allowed us to sample these at the tasting bar.

I was really impressed with the quality of the wine and the variety. Their wines have won many awards. As a white wine drinker the Tenterden Estate Bacchus Reserve was my favourite.
You have to know the white wine is amazing when you realise that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ordered it for their wedding!

If you don’t want to enjoy one of their tours, you can sample 3 wines at the tasting bar in their shop.
Chapel Down Winery Tours

The shop is also worth a visit, as, in addition to their wines, it is packed full of interesting and local brands. The homewares were my favourite.

Champagne Cork Stool

If you are searching for a memorable wedding wine, which won’t blow the budget then you need to come and try the wines these lovely people at Chapel Down are creating!

Oh and tell your grooms, they also do an ale and a beer!
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