The Wine Garden of England Tour

5 days

Kent is home to some of the most exciting and diverse wine producers not only in England, but in all of Europe. Visit Kent's charming vineyards in some of the most picturesque corners of the country, sampling their award-winning English wines and indulging in some of the county's fantastic home grown and seasonal produce along the way.

Trip Highlights

  • Bespoke SmoothRed itinerary with personalised travel app

  • Four nights' stay in luxurious hotels in the stunning English countryside with breakfasts included

  • Explore in style with three days of private chauffeured English wine tours around some of the most acclaimed vineyards in Kent

  • Learn the techniques of the wine-making processes, followed by wine tastings at various British wine estates, including the famous Chapel Down and Hush Heath Wine Estates

  • Explore the vineyards in a land rover around Squerryes Wine Estate

  • Visit smaller boutique wineries with an oenological tour among the vines

  • Indulge with lunches in traditional pubs around Kent

from $2,765 per person

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Trip details

Day 1

Arrive in the Wine Garden of England by your own arrangements and settle into your accommodation, a classic British country house once home to eminent politicians, lords and viscounts. This manor house is set back from tree-lined lanes, and set in 22 acres of stunning rural parkland. On your first afternoon, take a trip to Squerryes Winery –this is a beautiful and historic vineyard set within a 2,500-acre estate on the North Downs. Discover the vineyard by land rover, followed by a tutored wine tasting paired with Kentish cheeses and charcuterie. The evening is yours to dine at the hotel restaurant at your leisure (dinner not included).

 

Day 2

Meet with your private wine guide after breakfast and start the day close to the historic city of Canterbury, at a wonderful family estate with traditional farming values and a modern, eco-friendly approach. Discover the picturesque town of Fordwich for lunch. Situated on the Great Stour river and on record as the smallest town in Britain, it is the perfect for spot for a leisurely stroll followed by lunch.

In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the Simpsons Wine Estate, known as the ‘The Roman Road’ vineyard. Take in the vines and learn about how the grapes are planted, grown and harvested. Following the tour, your tasting will include wines from Simpsons Wine Estate as well as from their sister property in the South of France. After the winery tour, unwind in a spa hotel with glorious views of the North Downs.

Day 3

In the morning, your guide will take you on a scenic drive across the countryside to the Gusbourne Winery in the charming Appledore. Visit the estate, which uses a combination of modern and traditional estates and enjoy a tasting of their sparkling wines afterwards in their stunning new tasting room. Lunch will be booked in a charming winery restaurant with a lovely rooftop terrace with views over the vines. Following a sumptuous lunch, visit this world-famous winery which is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In the evening, free time to dine in one of the most picturesque corners of Kent feasting on British pub cuisine made with fresh local ingredients. This evening, you will be staying in a Victorian farmhouse, restored recently by the National Trust.

Day 4

In the morning, visit the family-run vineyard Biddenden Vineyards which are home to the oldest vines in Kent. Taste their award-winning sparkling wines. Lunch will be served in a stunning gastro pub in the heart of the Weald of Kent. After lunch you will be visiting the Hush Heath Estate, which produces one of England’s most iconic and exclusive sparkling wines using the traditional method. Your final night will be staying in a historic castle with a rich and varied history dating back more than 700 years.

Day 5

In the morning, admire the giant topiary chess set and inhale the fragrance of over 4,000 rose bushes in the quintessential English Rose Garden before departing by your own arrangements.

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