The magnificent vineyard 81 minutes from London that looks like the famous Champagne region of France
Being able to browse the beautiful vineyards of France and Italy in the summer sun may not yet be achievable, but that doesn’t mean you have to run out.
The UK also has its own offering of wineries that are dying to have you try their local drinks.
The Chapel Down Vineyard is nestled right in the heart of the Garden of England – Kent – and is less than two hours’ drive from the city.
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Based in Small Hythe, near Tenterden, they own 25 acres of vineyards set in beautiful Kent countryside.
The vineyard has the same chalky soil as the world famous Champagne region, which they believe helps give their wine a distinctive taste.
Chapel Down offers a range of experiences including guided tours for £ 25 per person, cheese and wine tasting for £ 50 per person, or you can spend the money on their luxury experience for £ 120 per person .
They may be one of England’s leading winemakers, but they’re not just limited to a glass of rose.
You can enjoy a collection of various vinos (both still and sparkling), gin, vodka or even their beers if you like.
Don’t miss their Bacchus 2020 sparkling white, with notes of pineapple, grapefruit and elderflower.
Or if you are looking for a more vintage champagne, Chapel Down’s Three Graces 2016 is the sparkling wine for you.
With a blend of three amazing grape varieties – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – you’ll be sipping into the late evening.
If spirits are more your thing, their gold medal-winning Chapel Down Chardonnay Vodka is the perfect addition to a martini.
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So, if you miss strolling among the vineyards of the French countryside, take a detour to the Jardin d’Angleterre – it might just surprise you.
How to get there
If you are driving your full GPS address is Chapel Down Winery, Small Hythe, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG. From areas in South London such as Bromley, the journey will take an hour 10 minutes.
Take a 55-minute train from London Bridge to Headcorn, where you can catch a bus or taxi. You can also take a train from St Pancras to Rye, via Ashford International, which is a short bus or car ride from the vineyard.