A 400 acre hidden gem that combines wine, nature and art to share with guests in a beautiful, 200 seater tasting room, The View
Hush Heath Estate is a 400-acre family owned estate in the heart of the ‘Garden of England’, Kent, with vast ancient woodlands, vineyards, apple orchards and wildflower meadows. With family values at its core, the Estate combines conservation with an unrivalled spirit of hospitality and generosity.
We are famous for producing Balfour Brut Rosé, one of the most iconic and exclusive English sparkling wines, using traditional Champagne methods and grape varieties. Our vineyards were established in 2002 and are predominantly planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, although more recently, plantings of Bacchus and Pinot Blanc have been added. All our grapes are handpicked and blended in our state-of-the-art Winery. In 2018, we underwent a large expansion, with a new contemporary style Cellar Door building, housing our Visitor Centre, which offers Vineyard/Winery tours and tastings, with space for corporate and private events.
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Balfour Wines are nationally and internationally award-winning and include our sparkling and still wines. Balfour Winery has a distinct ‘house style’, producing wines of elegance and purity, showcasing a soft mousse with a fruit-forward approach and a refreshing, lively acidity. Fruit from the Estate’s apple orchards is used to make the ‘Jake’s Kentish Cider’ range and our two truly unique sparkling apple wines, which reflects a constant drive for innovation. An exciting tourist attraction, Balfour Winery has a friendly and passionate team who enjoy welcoming guests and sharing their extensive knowledge of viticulture, winemaking and tutored tastings.
15 ACRES OF WILD FLOWER MEADOWS
AMAZING ART & SCULPTURES
EXQUISITE FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
200 SEATER INSIDE & OUT
STATE-OF-THE-ART TASTING ROOM
our wine garden tour
Full Estate Tour and Tasting
10.30AM - 12.30PM AND 2PM - 4PM
MON-FRI £45PP • SAT AND SUN £65PP
AVAILABLE APRIL TO OCTOBER
This tour begins with an expert-led tour of the vineyards, apple orchards, ancient woodlands and wildflower meadows. Guests will learn about the winery and discover the winemaking process from grape to glass.
The tour is followed by a guided tasting of six Balfour Wines.
On a Saturday and Sunday, this tour includes a visit to our state-of-the-art winery where guests will be shown the winemaking and production techniques used for our still and sparkling wines.
Midweek- guests will be shown a short film featuring our Head Winemaker Fergus Elias as he talks through the winemaking process used by Balfour Winery.
Since 2002, we have been at the heart of the growing English Wine industry - winning awards, and the acclaim of sommeliers and wine experts, to become one of England's most respected wine producers. We have been at the forefront of the growing English Wine movement with our flagship sparkling Balfour Brut Rosé being the first English Sparkling wine to be served in BA First Class and the official English wine of the London 2012 Olympics. Today our wines are enjoyed across the globe in some of the World's finest restaurants and bars.
meet the co-founders
How did you start in the industry?
Leslie and I planted our first vineyard at Hush Heath Estate in 2002 with a view to making a pink sparkling wine of an equivalent quality to Billecart Salmon Rosé which was our favourite pink Champagne. We planted five acres purely as a hobby but with a professional approach, and the intention of producing something that we personally loved. Balfour Brut Rosé was launched in 2004 and quickly became a major success, winning a Gold medal and trophy in the International Wine Challenge for our first vintage.
RICHARD AND LESLIE BALFOUR - LYNN
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