Last Days of Summer and Beyond in the Wine Garden

The August bank holiday has now passed us by which means the sun is officially setting on summer 2019. But hold fire on packing away those rubber rings, swimsuits and bottles of factor 50 because there’s still plenty of ways to soak up the last radiant rays in the Wine Garden of England. With a variety of fascinating events and delectable dining experiences on offer, and with harvest season creeping over those vibrant vines, there’s no better time to visit Kent’s glorious garden. So soak up the spirit of the last days of summer and beyond with a visit to the county’s wonderful wineries…

Gusbourne

Gusbourne Estate are raising a glass to the 2019 harvest with two Michelin-starred restaurants, The Pony & Trap and Carters of Moseley, who will prepare sensational seasonal menus featuring a variety of delicious dishes. Of course, this delectable dining experience must be enjoyed with a refreshing glass of Gusbourne’s finest to truly tease your taste buds. Be welcomed with an aperitif on arrival before strolling through the vibrant vineyards and seeing the progression of the harvest for yourself, then head to the wonderful winery where you may even catch a glimpse of the grape presses in action. After exploring, sit down outside in the canopy covered wine garden, breathe in the fresh country air and enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal paired with one of your favourite wines.

Sink your teeth into Gusbourne’s glorious gourmet…

Hush Heath Estate

Harvest season
Set over 400 acres of rolling Kent countryside, Hush Heath Estate is a perfect place to see the harvest in full swing. In late September the grapes will be bursting at the seams ready to explode into the harvest season- one of the busiest times of year for viticulture. The winemakers and team will be working day and night to ensure a smooth-running harvest and exceptional wines for the forthcoming years. So explore the miles of sun-kissed vines and find out the hard work that goes into creating Hush Heath Estate’s wonderful wines for yourself!

Take a bite out of Hush Heath’s harvest…

Paella and Fizz

Bite away the post-sunshine sadness and indulge in an evening surrounded by succulent seafood and delicious vegetarian Paella prepared by Hush Heath Estate’s executive chef. With a glass of Hush Heath Estate’s award-winning Balfour wine in hand, this evening makes the perfect pairing to wave goodbye the autumnal blues and leave those taste buds tantalised. The interest in this event has been so high that there may be another event for those who couldn’t get tickets the first time, so keep your eyes peeled for updates!

Sip away the sunshine…

Squerryes

Autumn signature tasting
Celebrate the fantastic flavour of Kent with the autumn signature tasting menu at Squerryes wine estate. Serving fabulously fresh and lovingly local produce from our beautiful county, this is the perfect way to tickle your taste buds as the summer sunshine fades away. Be the first to try the signature dishes from the chef’s autumn set menu and tease those taste buds into the colder months!

Sup the fabulous flavour of Kent…

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Simpsons Wine Estate

Soak up the last of the sunshine with a visit to one of Simpson’s sunset sessions events. Explore the Roman Road vineyard and learn about how the vines are harvested whilst sipping on a glorious glass of Simpson’s flagship sparkling wine, Chalklands Classic Cuvée. After, you will return to the winery where a delicious tasting of Simpson’s current releases can be enjoyed in the The Glass House Tasting Room. Learn about the fascinating process of making this award-winning wine and tuck into a serving platter made fresh and local from the south-east’s leading food hall, Macknade.

Wave goodbye to the sumptuous sun with Simpsons…