Chapel Down Awards 2019

Chapel Down Awards 2019

We are thrilled to share the news of our impressive array of International Awards for 2019. At Chapel Down, we are internationally recognised for the quality of our wines, beers, cider and spirits, and this year we have won 51 awards, including 12 golds and 12 silvers. Our Kit’s Coty Couer de Cuvee 2014 was awarded Best Prestige Cuvee at the Wine GB Awards 2019, as well as the Best in the Show Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019. This is the ultimate

UK Brewer of the Year 2019

UK BREWER OF THE YEAR 2019

We are thrilled to have been awarded ‘UK BREWER OF THE YEAR’ at the prestigious International Beer Challenge 2019 this week! The competition was judged by a panel of 70 industry experts including brewers, journalists, retailers and flavour experts. We’re also delighted to have been awarded Gold in the Lager Taste Category for our flagship premium lager Curious Brew at the World Beer Awards 2019 earlier this month. “This is unbelievable and amazing for us. We are currently a small player in the UK beer

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Agreement to Lease 388 acres of prime viticultural land

On September 6 2018 we proudly announced that we had exchanged on an Agreement to Lease 388 acres of prime viticultural land adjoining our existing vineyards on the North Downs. This site at Boarley and Abbey Farm in Boxley will be vined between 2019 and 2021 resulting in a total area under long-term leases of 788 acres. Once this site is planted, the total vined area from which we source our grapes – including owned land, land under long-term leases and contract supply – will exceed

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Chapel Down’s Kit’s Coty Collection wins Gold!

Chapel Down is thrilled to announce its single vineyard estate Kit’s Coty has triumphed again winning Gold Outstanding for Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cuvée 2013 and Gold for Kit’s Coty Blanc de Blanc 2013, in the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) announced on 21st May 2018. Continuing the exceptional Kit’s Coty achievements, Kit’s Coty Bacchus 2016 also won a silver and Kit’s Coty Chardonnay 2015 achieved a silver in the Chardonnay group. The IWSC is one of the most prestigious awards, promoting quality

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An interview with our winemaker, Josh Donaghay-Spire

Our head winemaker, Josh Donaghay-Spire, was recently interviewed for Off Licence News in which he talks about how he became a winemaker and the joys of working at England’s leading wine producer.  Below is an excerpt from the interview: “I started working in wine bars in my teens and at 21 joined Vinopolis.  I realised I wanted to get into wine and that was a way in. The more I tasted, the more I wanted to get behind it and make my own. I went

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Chapel Down Three Graces awarded top honour in the USA’s Ultimate Wine Challenge

Chapel Down Three Graces 2010 has been awarded the Chairman’s Trophy at the Ultimate Wine Challenge 2017.  Our sparkling wine received the highest award and 94 points with the judges declaring “this gives many Champagnes a run for their money”. Now in its seventh year, the Ultimate Wine Challenge is judged by leading figureheads in the U.S. wine industry and is chaired by America’s foremost drinks authorities, Paul Pacult, David Talbot and Sue Woodley.  This is the first time an English sparkling wine has been awarded