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Kentish wineries partner with Visit Kent to launch wine tourism initiative

Published:  23 April, 2018

Seven Kentish wineries have partnered with Visit Kent to launch a new wine tourism initiative – The Wine Garden of England.

The wineries involved in the initiative, designed to champion and develop the county’s wine tourism, comprise Biddenden Vineyards, Chapel Down, Domaine Evremond, Gusbourne, Hush Heath Estate, Simpsons Wine Estate and Squerryes.

As part of the initiative, the wineries have collectively committed to use their combined strength to build and create a "world-class" wine trail and visitor experience in Kent.

Working alongside tourism specialists Visit Kent, the initiative was a “partnership like no other”, said the new body.

“From the game-changers who are shaping the future of English wine, to stylish boutique wineries and family businesses steeped in tradition, each member of the partnership has many fascinating stories to share, and an incredible experience to offer visitors to the county,” it said.

Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE, CEO, Visit Kent, said: “We are thrilled to be working with this pioneering group of wineries to develop Kent’s wine tourism offer. Together we will further establish the county as a stunning rural escape and England’s own ‘Napa Valley’, where visitors are invited to relax and explore, tasting a huge range of stunning English wines, whilst learning the fascinating stories of these beautifully picturesque vineyards.”

The seven founding members of the Wine Garden of England, located across the county, produce award-winning ranges of sparkling, white, rosé and red wines, and already welcome a combined 120,000 visitors a year to their wineries.