The 50 Kent vineyards of Southern England are beautiful, abundant and easily accessible. Famously known as the ‘Garden of England’, Kent also lays claim to some of the countries leading wine producers - many punching above their weight in both national and international markets.
Sparkling wines are the great success story of recent years, with excellent growing conditions and similar soils to the Champagne region of France helping vineyards to consistently produce award winning wines. Although evidence suggests vineyards and wine-making were prominent in England over 2000 years ago under Roman occupation, the renaissance in English wine production is relatively recent.
New grape varieties, more suitable growing techniques and improved disease control have helped boost the number of commercial vineyards across the country to over 400 with 50 in Kent alone including Chapel Down and Biddenden meaning attention in English wines has never been greater.