Lease Your Own Vines

Chapel Down, English Viticulture and Wine

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own a vineyard? Our vine lease scheme offers you the chance to do just that. It's a perfect gift for anyone who loves wine. Vines are leased from our Bacchus vineyard at Tenterden and each lease includes a number of exclusive benefits, including a case of your custom-labelled wine.


Visit the Chapel Down Winery throughout the year to explore the vineyards and monitor your vines’ progress. In the summer months, you are welcome to enjoy a picnic in the vineyard or a walk around our wider estate.

Many hands make light work! Get involved with our vineyard team at our busiest and most important time of year. In early Autumn, you will meet the team and help pick your Bacchus grapes, during the harvest. You will be rewarded with a glass for your efforts and a harvest tour.

The following summer, enjoy an exclusive event with fellow vinelease holders hosted by a guest speaker at the Chapel Down Winery. As well as enjoying a two-course meal, you will have the opportunity to tour the winery, meet the team as well as taste your own wine.

A Vine lease makes the perfect gift and experience. At the end of the Lease Holder Event, you will be presented with a case (or more) of your own Tenterden Estate Bacchus wine, complete with your own personalised labels!

Keep up to date with news from our winery and enjoy a *10% discount off our full range of wines via our retail shop, online, or by telephone mail order.

*Discount does not apply to existing offers or sale items. Get in touch if you're an existing vine lease holder and you'd like to order online using your discount.

It’s harvest time! We are pausing on selling new vine leases whilst we pick this year’s grapes and review the contents of the vine leasing scheme ready for 2023 leases to be issued. Please check back on this page in October for more details or email to register your interest in a 2023 lease. Thank you.

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“For the person who already has everything, why not give the gift of a unique experience that will create an ever-lasting memory? If they yearn to own their own winery, leasing them a vine at the Chapel Down vineyard in Kent isn't a bad place to start. They'll be invited to take part in the harvest and be sent a case of personalised bottles."


When will I pick my grapes?

Harvest usually takes place late September / early October.

We will give vine lease holders approximately 2 weeks’ notice of their picking day, this will always take place during the working week.

Is the vine lease scheme only available on Tenterden Bacchus vines?

Yes and when you pick your own it some how tastes even better.

When is the Annual Vine Lease event for 2022 leaseholders?

Our provisional dates for the event are Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and
Sunday 25th June 2023. We will confirm to all current leaseholders by email. 

I can’t make the Annual Vine Lease Event, what happens to my wine?

We’ll ask you for details of where you would like your wine delivered and it will be delivered free of charge after the event.

What happens at the Annual Vine Lease Event?

The event is held over 3 days in a marquee on the main lawn at Chapel Down. Vine lease holders will be invited to attend 1 session over the weekend.

Vine lease holders will be welcomed by the host and members of the Chapel Down leadership team.

Each session will include a guided tour and extensive tasting of Chapel Down wines plus a 2 course meal with drinks, plus some fun activities along the way.

At the end of the event vine lease holders will collect their personalised wine to take home.

Please note vine lease holders will be seated on tables with
other guests so will have the opportunity to meet new people on the day.

There are no alternative dates for the event other than those issued in the invitation. We always advise that accommodation and transport required by the lease holder is booked as soon as possible.

How much are guest tickets for the Vine Lease Vintage Release event?

As a vine lease holder, you are entitled to one free place at the event. You are welcome to bring guests with you at an additional charge of £60 per person (£20 for
children aged 12-16yrs, children under 12 are free)