With a Day to Explore

This full day trip is a stunning rural escape to the Kent countryside, allowing you to relax and explore, taste some delicious English wines and learn the fascinating stories of two picturesque vineyards.

10:30am - Chapel Down

Set amongst 22 acres of vineyards and recognised as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', the world-famous Chapel Down winery has excellent facilities for visiting guests. Discover the stories behind-the-scenes of the ‘Home of English wine’ by taking a fascinating group tour of the vineyard and winery. In the vineyard learn how they use the Kentish climate to grow fantastic ripe fruit and then transform that fruit into a range of stunning, award-winning wines. The tour will culminate in a tutored tasting of six specially selected still and sparkling wines. Take your time, explore the grounds, visit the beautiful herb garden and stroll amongst the sun-kissed vines.

01580 766111

12:30pm - Lunch at The Swan

For lunch, a table could be booked at Chapel Down's Michelin recommended on-site restaurant. The Swan Wine Kitchen is an elegant but informal family-friendly restaurant, with a stunning dining terrace overlooking the vineyards. Experience the finest locally and regionally sourced produce cooked to perfection, alongside award-winning wines, craft beers and ciders from Chapel Down. For an extra special dining experience why not book The Chef’s Table, an elegant private dining room elevated within the main restaurant with direct views to the hub of the kitchen, and enjoy the Feasting Menu, serving a range of sumptuous sharing dishes family-feast style.

01580 761616

3:00pm - Gusbourne

A beautiful cross-country drive after lunch will bring you to the Gusboune Winery in charming Appledore. Here staff would be delighted to welcome you for a guided tour of the scenic estate and tasting of their award-winning sparkling wines. The estate dates back to 1410 and now combines age-old tradition with modern technology and cutting-edge equipment. The Discovery Tour is the ideal way to experience and enjoy Gusbourne in its entirety. This includes a full walking tour of the vineyards and winery before settling down in their luxurious and architecturally stunning new tasting room – The Nest.

01233 758666