Squerryes - Henry Warde

“We are the business of creating joy, and now we're bottling it.

 

How did you get started out in the industry?
We planted vines on the Squerryes Estate in 2006 after a visit from a Champagne house in 2004 - they wanted to buy our land for vines.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?
There is no such thing as a typical day on the Estate. I'm involved in everything from walking the vines, managing the property portfolio, welcoming guests at the winery and chasing dairy cows!

What is your proudest achievement to date?
I think my proudest achievement is picking up baton as the 8th generation of the family to own and run Squerryes - and of course, bringing up the 9th.

If you didn’t do this, what do you think you would be doing?
I would be a Christian missionary in West Africa.

Tell us something surprising about yourself.
My earliest ancestor traded wool with wine from France and I like to think I'm carrying on that legacy.

If you could share a bottle of wine with anyone in the world, who would it be (and why)?
The Roman Centurion who was granted the swath of land on the North Downs and planted vines on the exact site of our vineyard. I would like to compare notes and share a glass of our respective wines.

Describe your favourite wine and food pairing.
Squerryes and lobster.

What is your favourite place you’ve visited?
Burgundy - specifically a Premier Cru vineyard to the West of Beaune.

Describe yourself in three words.
Ambitious. Earthy. Family.

What is special/unique about your brand?
I think what makes us unique is the spirit of our house - at Squerryes we’ve been in the business of creating joy for nearly 300 years and we’re now bottling it. We create vintage sparkling wine that reflects the amazing spirit, rich heritage and the beautiful terroir of our North Downs Estate. It is also the stories, our history I suppose, that make Squerryes so special and our family motto, that has bound all these chapters and all these people together over the centuries: ‘Licet Esse Beatis’ meaning ‘Permitted to be joyful'.

What do you think makes Kent unique compared to other wine regions?
Kent is the best fruit-growing county in England and it's that combined with the diversity of characters that we have here that makes us so unique.