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WHY ENGLAND?

The south-east coast of England is synonymous with the white cliffs of Dover. It is this iconic chalk soil, the same as that of Champagne – just 90 miles to the south, coupled with our cool climate that enables us to produce truly world-class sparkling wines, as well as aromatic white wines and elegant light red wines from grapes such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Bacchus.  We believe the future is bright for a young industry without the baggage of tradition and heritage and with its eye firmly on the needs of today's consumer.
 

OUR VINEYARDS

At Chapel Down, we own over 100 acres of vineyards across Kent, where we believe the finest overall conditions for grape growing exists in England. However, we also source our fruit from a wider geographic area – from Essex to Hampshire - to ensure we maintain consistency and that the risks of crop failure through frost, unusual weather events and climate are therefore reduced.

We have 13 growers supplying us with fruit from 130 acres under vine and who have the benefit of a long-term contract with us.  Our growers benefit from the help and advice we can provide from our own vineyard experience which enables them to grow better, more valuable fruit.

In 2014, we secured two long-term land leases in Kent increasing our total land under lease by 181 acres to 326 acres.  These sites, in the North Downs and Sandhurst, offer prime viticultural land that will be planted over the coming years to enable us to satisfy the increasing demand for our wines. 

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"By combining new viticultural techniques with the years of knowledge from our established vineyards, we are able to use the best of traditional and innovative practices to produce grapes of the highest standard.   It is the evolving and dynamic approach to our grape growing that helps us to keep ahead of the game in a rapidly expanding industry in the UK".

Richard Lewis, Chapel Down Viticulturalist

Chapel Down Vineyard Walk Map

Our vineyards at the Chapel Down Winery are open to the public all year round with guided tours offered from April until November.  

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Bacchus: Named after the Roman God of wine, this is England’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc & the country’s most planted white grape variety. The style can vary from punchy tropical fruit to more restrained citrus and gooseberry.
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Chardonnay: Grown largely across the south-east for sparkling wines, plantings are increasing. Our main Chardonnay vineyard is Kits Coty in Kent which produces fruit with excellent acidity & minerality and generous texture.
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Pinot Noir: The classic grape variety of Burgundy & Champagne, Pinot Noir is also increasingly important for English sparkling wines. The variety thrives in cool climates & produces delicate thin-skinned grapes with low tannins & an abundance of red fruit
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