English wines have recently developed a good reputation for themselves, particularly those produced from grapes grown in the vineyards of Kent, and some of the best are to be found in the Tunbridge Wells area.

Did you know that a fair chunk of the Wealden soil, or ‘terroir’, is extremely close in composition to that of the Champagne region and the best sparkling wine producing regions of France?

Since Kent used to be joined to France once upon a time, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise.

Lamberhurst Vines by Lynda Grigsby
Country vineyard by Lynda Grigs
Biddenden Vineyard
Lamberhurst vineyards

Vineyard Tour

There are many more surprising sights and delights to be discovered in and around Tunbridge Wells, so come and exercise your tastebuds (and legs) for yourself!

Tours and tastings are available at the following vineyards:

  • Biddenden Vineyards is Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard producing award-winning still and sparkling English wines.
  • Chapel Down Winery near Tenterden, produces a range of award-winning still and sparkling wines from Tenterden and Aylesford vineyards.
  • Hush Heath Winery between Cranbrook and Staplehurst, famous for, and yes, you guessed it, award-winning, pink sparkling wine and sparkling cider!  You can order a hamper lunch too.

A weekend or mid-week break would be an ideal period for making a tour of these estates. You might want to consider visiting one per day though to give your palate time to fully appreciate the tastings!