An intimate experience at a small, innovative winery, where a husband & wife team combine savoir-faire with fun, producing small quantities of award-winning, estate-grown wines and boasting the world’s only winery helter-skelter slide
Simpsons' Wine Estate was established in 2012 by husband and wife team, Charles and Ruth Simpson in Barham, Kent, amid the pristine beauty of the Elham Valley – an unspoilt seam in the North Downs where the contours of the land, the climate and the soil could scarcely be improved upon for viticulture.
We have been making award-winning wines at our stunning, southern French winery, since 2002. In 2012, attracted by the quality of the terroir and the opportunity to become part of what has become one of the most dynamic wine producing regions of the world, we brought our expertise and savoir-faire back to the UK, establishing Simpsons’ Wine Estate in Barham, with an aspiration to create the finest quality English wines.
With 30 hectares of vineyards now established on the iconic chalk terroir of the North Downs and a state-of-the-art winery situated minutes from the vines, we saw our first harvest in 2016. Our very international and quality-focused team, have gained experience all over the world and have come from a very diverse range of work environments. Our combined expertise and belief in this exciting area is an inspirational formula.
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With a strong focus on provenance and integrity, we now produce an internationally-acclaimed range of exclusively estate grown still and sparkling wines, including the award-winning Roman Road Chardonnay and Chalklands Classic Cuvee. We also now offer a diverse range of vineyard and winery tours and events, which are held in the elegant Glasshouse Tasting Room that hosts the world’s first winery helter-skelter slide!
INNOVATIVE, STATE-OF-THE-ART WINERY
ENJOY A RIDE ON OUR HELTER-SKELTER !
SAMPLE OUR 100% ESTATE GROWN AWARD WINNING WINES
20 YEARS EXPERTISE IN WINE MAKING
RELAX IN THE BEAUTIFUL GLASSHOUSE TASTING ROOM
our wine garden tour
'Simpsons Sunset Sessions'
This early evening experience begins with a leisurely stroll to our Roman Road Vineyard, where you will learn about the growing cycle of the vines and enjoy a glass of the Chalklands Classic Cuvée as the sun begins to set. Returning to our state-of-the-art winery, you will then hear about the fascinating wine-making process from the comfortable vantage point of The Glass House Tasting Room, sampling a selection of our award-winning wines paired with Kentish canapés supplied by one of our local partners. The visit ends of course with an exhilarating ride down our ‘Fruit Chute’ helter-skelter slide!
The flawless combination of savoir-faire, perfect vineyard sites, meticulous farming and impeccable winemaking has allowed us to create an impressively diverse range of still and sparkling wines at Simpsons Wine Estate. Our outstanding sparkling wines are created using the Great British Classic Method, maturing on lees for between 15 months and 4 years to achieve peak complexity. And with a strong emphasis on provenance and place, our exceptional still wines are made from carefully chosen, still wine clones and are designed to challenge the perception of this category both nationally and internationally.
meet the wine makers
How did you get started out in the industry?
We have been making award-winning wines at Domaine de Sainte Rose, our stunning, southern French property, since 2002. In 2012 we brought our expertise and savoir-faire back to the UK establishing Simpsons Wine Estate in Barham, Kent, with an aspiration to create the finest quality English sparkling wines.
RUTH AND CHARLES SIMPSON
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