ChapelDown Vineyard

What the Press Say About Chapel Down

In July 2013 we secured over £4 million to expand the business and help grow its reputation both at home and overseas, find out what the press had to say about it by viewing the following articles online:

The Mail on Sunday - Midas Share Tips - English Winemaker Chapel Down Profits from Quality.
The Daily Telegraph Business Section - English Winemaker Chapel Down gets sales fizzing
The Daily Express - English Winemaker Chapel Down has grape expectations
Decanter - Chapel Down unveils £4.35m expansion plan
Morning Advertiser - Winemaker Chapel Down secures new funding
Harpers - Chapel Down secures £4.3m in equity funding
Caterer and Hotelkeeper - £4.3m development plans for winery Chapel Down
Imbibe - Chapel Down on the Up
The Sunday Times - Brewing veteran cheers winery (requires subscription to view complete article)


Press quotes about our products:

Chapel Down - M&S English Rose 2012
This is not cheap but it is cheering to find a delicious English rose. Made by one of the stalwarts of the English wine scene, Chapel Down, this is cheek-suckingly fresh, but with enough cherry and red-currant fruit to balance it. The Daily Mail, 22nd August 2013.

Chapel Down Pinot Noir
Have you tried a fruity red with a posh dessert? Light fragrant ones that can be slightly chilled work surprisingly well with sweet treats – especially those with lots of berries. Try Chapel Down’s Pinot Noir – silky smooth with hits of berry and a little spice. Daily Express (Saturday Magazine) 29th June 2013

Chapel Down Flint Dry
This scrumptious white wine from award-winning Kent winery Chapel Down is packed with fruity flavours and is the perfect tipple for a summer day. The Daily Star, 9th June 2013

Chapel Down Kits Coty Estate Chardonnay
Needs an hour after opening to reveal spices, apples and yellow plums…Just below Kits Coty, where the slope is more gentle there were wheat fields until five years ago when Chapel Down, the Kentish winery, recognised that the chalky soil and superb southern and western exposure made it prime chardonnay territory. The first commercial vintage, 2011, is going on sale and I’m relieved to say that it’s lovely. Coming from such young vines, it’s surprisingly high in character thanks to some clever winemaking (natural yeasts and lees ageing). Bob Tyrer. The Sunday Times Magazine 26th May 2013

Chapel Down Rose Brut
Chapel Down Brut Rose NV has just netted Gold at Decanter World Wine Awards. Made from Pinot Noir, it’s fruit-driven with a lively strawberry and raspberry nose, generous summer fruity notes and good acidity on the finish. The Belfast Telegraph. 25th May 2013 

Chapel Down Three Graces 
Another blend of the three classic champagne grapes, this shows lovely precision, the flavours of apple, citrus pith and lemon, as well as subtle hints of brioche. Impressive stuff. Jamie Goode. Sunday Express (S Magazine) 19th May 2013. 

Chapel Down Brut NV
Top value for an English fizz...There's a delicate savoury note here, along with stacks of arrestingly bright freshness, Superb choice with a few salted almonds or British smoked trout. Olly Smith,The Mail on Sunday 27/05/12.

Chapel Down is a stalwart English sparkling wine producer, and I've been following it for nearly two decades. This pioneering estate is one of the finest in the land, and this great value wine has been fine-tuned over the years into a true beauty. Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail 26/05/12 Mail on Sunday 27/05/12.

English Rose 2011
Ripe Pinot Noir grapes are the magic ingredient in this vibrant, red cherry-scented rose. With a blend of macerated red fruit nuances, like a red fruit-only summer pudding, this is a joyous wine that delivers a lick of fruitiness on the finish. Matthew Jukes, The Daily Mail 26/05/12

Nectar Late Harvest
Plan a trip to Tenterden for a vineyard tour and snap up a bottle or two of this summery sweet wine. It's a blend of four varieties, together giving dusky aromas of white flowers, bananas and marmalade, and fresh, honeyed flavours, serve cold, lovely by itself or with Blue Cheese and Walnut Scones. Sarah Jane-Evans BBC Good Food Magazine 01/05/12

Pinot Chardonnay 2006
If you want a classic aperitif to carry throughout the meal, this elegant multi-award winner is it.
Kate Hilpern - The 10 Best English Wines - The Independent 03/03/12

Chapel Down Vintage Reserve Brut

This pale, lemon coloured drink has a slightly floral nose with citrusy overtones and hints of ripe red apples and sweet peaches. Crisp, dry and refreshing, it would be an ideal Christmas morning indulgence! Great British Food Magazine December 2011

Chapel Down Bacchus Reserve 2010
An aromatic kaleidoscope ranging from eldeflower to ginger by way of pear, passion fruit and plum. Bob Tyrer, The Sunday Times 30th October 2011.

Chapel Down Vintage Reserve Brut
Multi-award winning, made in Kent by the methode champenoise and full of bright, green-fruit flavours, it is a fabulous exampleof the remarkable sparkling wines being made in England.
Terry Kirby, Independent on Sunday 16th October 2011

Chapel Down Vintage Reserve Brut
A blend of Rivaner, Reichensteiner and Pinot Noir grapes this dry Kent sparkler has a zing of fresh apple. Waitrose Kitchen 1st October 2011.

Chapel Down Bacchus 2011
"If it's an Olympic white you are after, try the English Chapel Down 2011 Bacchus, fresher than the 2010 from this Kent based winery that will be served at the Olympics, and delivering English hedgerow-scented fruit" Jane MacQuitty, The Times 4th August 2012

Chapel Down Rose Brut
"Well balanced with hints of earth and honey" Bob Tyer, The Sunday Times 31st July 2011.

Chapel Down Pinot Chardonnay 2006
"An elegant wine from one of the country's most acclaimed producers. Fruity and characterful, it's not hard to see why this has garnered multiple awards. Strong enough to stand up to food,it can be paired with roast poultry for a simple supper" - 10 Best Sparkling Wines by Alice-Azania Jarvis The Independent Tuesday 27th July 2011.

Chapel Down Rose Brut
"Chapel Down has created a sophicated brand image across it's whole range. This fizz doesn't disappoint either - delicate with no nasty surprises on the after taste" - The Grocer Magazine Saturday 25th June 2011

Chapel Down Bacchus 2010
"Like sauvignon blanc, you either love or loathe Bacchus but I think this tart, light, bosky summer white should be drunk outdoors, as a zingy aperitif with home-made cheese straws. It was grown in Essex and Kent and fermented cool in stainless steel to capture all its classy, tangy, gooseberry and lemon-zest fruit." - The Times, 50 Best White Wines Saturday 25th June 2011.

Chapel Down Flint Dry
"England's answer to chablis is the steely, minerally, faintly earthy 2010 Flint Dry, made with almost one-third chardonnay and finished off with some extended ageing on its yeasty lees" - Jane MacQuitty, The Times (Weekend) Sat 4th June 2011 

Chapel Down English Rose Sparkling

"Superbubbly! Lovely intensity and summery English fruit flavours, with hints of blackcurrant and zing. Marvellous to find a superb wine from our own shores for just under £20.00. Royal booze for the price of a round at the pub." - Olly Smith The Mail on Sunday Live Magazine 6th February 2011.

Chapel Down Vintage Reserve Brut

Chapel Down is the UK's largest producer and this is reassuringly good. Bright and fruity, it has rounded flavour with no rough edges. A good match for Welsh rarebit. Jamie Goode - S Magazine, The Sunday Express 19th September 2010

 Chapel Down Vintage Reserve Brut

You do pay a little more for English wines, but this one's worth the extra if it's a special occasion - it's beautifully crisp and dry with citrus flavours and a hint of blackcurrant. BBC Easy Cook Magazine August 2010.

 Chapel Down Sparkling English Rose

"Also made by Chapel Down, this is a delicate, dry froth with a subtle strawberry note. Be careful not to overwhelm it with anything sweet - light savoury canapés please." Susy Atkins, The Sunday Telegraph Stalla Magazine 23rd May 2010.

Chapel Down Vintage Reserve Brut

"I'm spending election night in Kent with several old mates who hold all manner of political views. Whichever mob gets in, we've agreed to celebrate the fact that we're damn lucky to live in these beautiful islands where governments come and go seemlessly without recourse to the barracades. And as for our toast, we'll be knocking back my favourite Kentish sparkler, one of the best made in this green and pleasant land" Jonathan Ray, Telegraph 29th April 2010.


Interesting Articles and Coverage

The Daily Mail Wednesday 27th April 2011 - English Wine for Kate Middleton and Prince William's Big Day

"Wine made in English vineyards and costing as little as £8.50 a bottle will be served to guests at the royal wedding, the Mail has learned.."






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