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Wine Garden of England winery experiences

Welcome to the Wine Garden of England - a world-class wine trail through the stunning Kent countryside. Sun-kissed vines, award-winning wine, delicious food, incredible accommodation and first class service...

Plan and book your vineyard adventure today and taste the bounty of the Wine Garden of England...you'll never want to leave! 

Summer Nature Tour

£55
Join us for the second in our series of seasonal tours, with our Conservation specialist and ecology expert Lindy. The tour starts with a glass of Balfour Brut Rosé and an introduction to Hush Heath Estate and Balfour Winery. Lindy will then lead you on an exclusive tour of the estate not usually open to the public.   This is a wonderful opportunity to discover some of the Estate’s early summer scenery and wander through the woodlands, which will be in full leaf. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about wildlife and bird activity at this time of year – the perfect time for a beautiful stroll. Following the tour, you will return to the tasting room, The View to enjoy a delicious seasonal sharing platter accompanied by a glass Leslie's Reserve sparkling wine. Sunday 26th June Two bookings available: 10.30am or 1.30pm £55 per person, includes a sharing platter accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine and taste of Balfour Brut Rosé on arrival.
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Summer Cocktail Evening | Thursday 2nd June 2022 | 7pm

£45
In the lead up to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, join us for our Summer Cocktail Evening and the start of the four-day Bank Holiday Weekend. Enjoy views from the balcony overlooking Nannette's Vineyard, whilst sipping on specially crafted cocktails made with Balfour Wines alongside delicious canapés.
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Father’s Day Tasting with Jake’s Drinks | 19th June

£35
Celebrate Father’s Day at Balfour Winery with an exclusive tutored tasting of the Jake's Drinks range of craft beers and ciders. Come and hear Jake tell the story of his brand with a full tasting of Jake’s Drinks. This includes a delicious sharing platter of locally sourced charcuterie, vegetables and cheese. Enjoy a welcome drink of one of the last bottles of Jake’s Orchard Cider Rosé, and as a memento of the afternoon, you will receive a branded Jake’s Drinks glass to take home. 
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Cellar Door Tasting Masterclass

£25
Discover our world class, award winning wines – led by one of our knowledgeable Balfour Tour Guides, immerse yourself in a tutored tasting of six Balfour wines.   Learn the true technique of how to taste and enjoy wine in a relaxed and fun environment without the bravado.  Our Cellar Door offers beautiful views across the Estate and vineyards, a perfect way to spend an hour tasting our Balfour wines.  
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PRIVATE Tour, Tasting and Lunch - Roger Bartley - 18th September

£45
For a truly memorable Balfour experience, join one of our knowledge Balfour Tour Guides and discover how Hush Heath Estate transitioned from a traditional pasture of arable land to beautifully maintained vineyards, orchards and ancient oak woodlands. Learn about the history of the Estate and the secrets of English viticulture whilst exploring our 400-acre Estate.  This will be followed by a tutored tasting of six Balfour wines up on our balcony overlooking Nannette's Vineyard. Then be seated on our Mezzanine level for delicious three-course meal accompanied by our award winning wines.
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Balfour Art and Wine Evening

£65
The relationship between wine and art is a fascinatingly intricate one and producing a portfolio of award-winning wines is an artform in itself. We are incredibly lucky to have a selection of beautiful pieces of art and sculpture from Leslie Balfour-Lynn’s own private collection on display. Join one of our knowledgeable Balfour Tour Guides who will show you around our spectacular visitor centre - The View - where you will learn the story behind our most significant pieces of artwork and sculpture, whilst enjoying a glass of Balfour Brut Rosé. As part of the evening, you will partake in a tutored tasting of three Balfour wines and indulge in a sharing Warm Winter Platter of cheeses, including a baked Kentish camembert.
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Balfour Wine and Dine Experience

£175
Indulge in the ultimate Balfour experience.   Your day begins with a private transfer from Marden train station (if required). Looked after for the day by one of our Balfour Tour Guides who will be your personal host during your visit.   Upon arrival at the winery, enjoy a glass of our English sparkling wine on our upstairs terrace overlooking Nannette’s vineyard.   Your host will show you hidden areas of the Estate not available on other tours and provide you with an in-depth insight into our viticulture practices, our woodland and wildflower conservation programme and the wonderful wildlife and nature that live on our 400-acre Estate, creating our own ecosystem with vast biodiversity.   After the tour you will visit our state-of-the-art Winery* where you will be given a comprehensive overview of the winemaking and production techniques used for our still and sparkling wines. This will be followed by a tutored tasting, in our owner’s private tasting room, of six Balfour wines including new release and limited-edition wines.   Following your tutored tasting, relax and enjoy a delicious, seasonal three-course lunch expertly prepared by our Head Chef. Each course will be paired with a glass of wine specially selected by our Head Winemaker, Fergus Elias.   At the end of your afternoon, a private transfer will take you back to Marden train station.  
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Full Estate Tour and Tasting

£45
For a truly memorable Balfour experience, join one of our knowledge Balfour Tour Guides and discover how Hush Heath Estate transitioned from a traditional pasture of arable land to beautifully maintained vineyards, orchards and ancient oak woodlands. Learn about the history of the Estate and the secrets of English viticulture whilst exploring our 400-acre Estate.    Upon your return, you will be immersed into the world of winemaking as our Head Winemaker, Fergus Elias, talks you through the process of grape to glass in our short film.  On a Saturday and Sunday * the Full Estate Tour and Tasting will visit our state-of-the-art winery where you will be guided around our incredible facility showing winemaking and production techniques used for our still and sparkling wines. This will be followed by a tutored tasting of six Balfour wines.
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WTOK UNTUTORED Tasting - 6 wines

£10
As an introduction to our Balfour portfolio, enjoy a self-tutored tasting of six of our pre-selected wines.
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Private Guided Tour

£40
Join us at Biddenden, Kent's original vineyard where we have 3 generations of expertise spanning over 50 years, to learn more about the story of our family run vineyard and taste our award-winning selection of English wines. Our private guided tours are for small groups of up to 8 people, offering you an in depth insight into Biddenden Vineyards’ history and winemaking. Your own personal guide will escort you around the vineyard and winery explaining the processes and any specific areas of interest you may have. Your guide will then accompany you through a tasting of four selected Biddenden wines. Please consider the British weather conditions when you visit and bring suitable footwear, like wellies, that can be changed into for walking around the vineyard.
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Wine Tasting Experience

£12.5
We are delighted to welcome you to Simpsons' Wine Estate for a succinct and sumptuous Tasting Experience.   You will be guided through a very special tasting of wines from Simpsons' Wine Estate in our elegant Glass House Tasting Room, offering a wonderful vantage point overlooking our world-class winery.   Our exquisite English still and sparkling wines will be available to purchase after the event via our Cellar Door.    _______________________________________________________ Do not hesitate to contact 01227 832200 or [email protected] for any further details or to postpone your booking should you experience Covid19 symptoms prior to your scheduled event.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. The Glass House Tasting Room is situated up two flights of stairs. Please do contact our Events Team to discuss any accessibility arrangements prior to your visit.   We advise all our guests to drink sensibly and consider means of transport when attending our events. This event is for over 18's only.
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Wine Dinner with Hide and Fox

£125
Simpsons' Wine Estate is pleased and proud to have developed such a wonderful friendship and working partnership with the Michelin-starred restaurant, Hide and Fox, which is located in Saltwood, near Hythe, Kent.    Chef Patron, Allister Barsby, and fellow Owner, Alice Bussi, are joining us to present a delicious five course dinner, showcasing local ingredients and masterful cooking, coming together to create superb dishes, each perfectly paired with a different Simpsons wine.   Allister’s innovative take on classic British and European food is informed by a love of fresh seasonal produce, his roots on the Kent coast, and in-depth experience as an award-winning chef. Alice has made waves of her own both as a sommelier and manager, and together they have created Hide and Fox to deliver truly exceptional dining.   This exclusive event starts at 4pm, with your hosts from Simpsons’ taking you for a gentle stroll through the beautiful village of Barham to our nearby Roman Road Vineyard, where you will enjoy a glass of our award-winning sparkling wine, whilst hearing about the establishment of our Estate and special vineyard sites.   Once back at the Winery, you will be poured another exquisite sparkling wine from our range, accompanied by appetisers, whilst discovering more about the production of our high-quality English wines. Afterwards, we will adjourn to the atmospheric Press Barn, where Hide and Fox will present five exquisite dishes, each to be enjoyed with a paired wine from Simpsons’ Wine Estate.   This is a rare opportunity to revel in cuisine of exceptional quality from one of the top restaurants in Kent, whilst sipping carefully crafted wines from one of the world’s most exciting wine regions, all in unique surroundings of the Estate and hosted by members of the Simpsons’ team.   Tickets are extremely limited and priced at £125.00 per person.
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Sunset Sessions

£40
As we look towards the long, hazy summer evenings, we invite you to join a Sunset Session tour and tasting experience.   The experience will begin with a walk to the idyllic and iconic Roman Road Vineyard, where you will learn about how the vines are grown and harvested whilst luxuriating in a glass of one of our sumptuous sparkling wines (Great British weather permitting!).   Returning to the state-of-the-art winery, you will be guided through the art of still wine and Classic Method winemaking. After this, you will enjoy a delicious tasting of Simpsons’ current release wines in the comfort of The Glass House Tasting Room.   In addition, Macknade, the South East’s leading food hall in Faversham and Ashford, will be providing a delectable platter of locally-sourced cheese and charcuterie to pair wonderfully with our award-winning wines.   The evening will finish with a flourish, with a trip down our helter-skelter! _____________________________________________________  Do not hesitate to contact 01227 832200 or [email protected] for any further details or to postpone your booking should you experience Covid19 symptoms prior to your scheduled event.   Please do make contact with us should you wish to discuss any dietary requirements at the time of booking, in order for us to try to put the necessary arrangements in place, where possible. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. The Glass House Tasting Room is situated up two flights of stairs. Please do contact our Events Team to discuss any accessibility arrangements prior to your visit.   We advise all our guests to drink sensibly and consider means of transport when attending our events. This event is for over 18's only.
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Vineyard and Winery Tour and Tasting Experience

£25
Escape to the idyllic Elham Valley and join a fascinating tour of Simpsons' Wine Estate, situated in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   Weather permitting, your visit will begin with a walking tour of the iconic Roman Road vineyard, where you will learn more about how the vines are planted, trained, nurtured and harvested. You will then return to our world-class winery, where you will be guided through the art of our award-winning still and Classic Method winemaking.   Your tour will culminate in a very special tasting of wines from Simpsons' Wine Estate in our elegant Glass House Tasting Room, offering a wonderful vantage point overlooking the winery.   Our exquisite English still and sparkling wines will be available to purchase after the event via our Cellar Door.  ____________________________________________ Do not hesitate to contact 01227 832200 or [email protected] for any further details or to postpone your booking should you experience Covid19 symptoms prior to your scheduled event. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. The Glass House Tasting Room is situated up two flights of stairs. Please do contact our Events Team to discuss any accessibility arrangements prior to your visit.   We advise all our guests to drink sensibly and consider means of transport when attending our events. This event is for over 18's only.  
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Standard Vineyard Tour & Tasting

£20
Guided tours include a 60 minute tour of the vineyard and winery, followed by a tutored tasting of 6/7 of our award winning sparkling and still wines. Arrive at the Chapel Down Wine and Fine Food Store, Tenterden, Kent 15 minutes prior to you tour and check in with a member of staff at the till point. Meet your guide at the guided tour assembly point at the back of the shop where your host will take you around the vineyard and winery. The tour culminates with a tutored tasting of 6/7 of our award winning still and sparkling wines. After the tasting, feel free to browse the lovely shop or take a look in our herb garden.  Notes for customers taking a vineyard tour and tasting: Please wear comfortable/suitable shoes  No dogs allowed on the guided tour or in the shop but are allowed around the vineyard on a lead No wine glasses on the tour Due to our health and safety regulations, high visibility vests must be worn at all times whilst on the tour. These vests will be provided by the tour guide.  The tour goes ahead in all weathers (rain or shine!) Soft drinks will be provided if preferred and for visitors under the age of 18.  Children are welcome on our guided tours and tastings but please note the experience is very in depth so please bring something to keep them entertained! If you require further information, please call the Retail Team on 01580 766111 or email [email protected]
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Vineyard Tour

£25
A two-hour hosted tour in which you’ll find out what makes our corner of England so special for winemaking. Enjoy a guided walk in the vines, a tour of the winery and a tutored wine tasting in our tasting room.   Our hosted Vineyard, Discovery and Estate tours involve visiting our working winery and wine tasting, so are not suitable for children.
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Discovery Tour

£75
Arrive at 11am for a hosted tour of the vineyards and winery, followed by a tutored tasting in the Nest, including some special wines that don’t feature in our standard hosted tour. We will then serve seasonal sharing platters, designed to complement the wines. We expect to be finished at 3pm.   Our hosted Vineyard, Discovery and Estate tours involve visiting our working winery and wine tasting, so are not suitable for children.
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Estate Tour

£95
Join our Estate Tour and spend an afternoon unwinding in the countryside, tasting our wines over a leisurely lunch. Your day will begin with welcome drinks, before embarking on an extended tour of the estate and vineyards. You will then enjoy a wine tasting in our picturesque tasting room overlooking the vines, including some exclusive rare release and limited-edition wines, paired with a seasonal three-course lunch.   Our hosted Vineyard, Discovery and Estate tours involve visiting our working winery and wine tasting, so are not suitable for children.
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A Taste of Squerryes

£28
Join us over the growing season and enjoy a tour of our vineyard and learn about the 300 year old Squerryes Estate, the fascinating history of the spirit of our house, and the story of how a disagreement with a French Champagne House led to the Warde family planting vines on the North downs at the Gateway to the Garden of England. ‍Begin the tour by walking the vines with one of the Squerryes team and learn about what grapes we grow, why we grow them, and what makes our North Downs terroir so special. This will be followed by a tutored tasting of 3 wines from our portfolio in our exclusive Cork Room where you will learn about how the wine is made and how and why each one is unique. Your tasting will include our current Brut release, our exclusive Rosé and our Blanc de Blancs.
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