Chapel Down

Chapel Down in Kent is part of a company called English Wines Group plc. Chapel Down is the largest producer of English wines, sourcing grapes from their own vineyards and from growers in Sussex, Kent and Essex. The Winery at Chapel Down is the largest in the UK, with a press with a capacity of 10 tonnes and specialised machines for riddling and disgorging their sparkling wines. Their Stainless Steel tanks have a capacity of one million litres, though production is currently around 500,000 bottles. At their own vineyards in Tenterden, Kent, they have grubbed up many of the older, hybrid Germanic varieties, and have increased plantings of the noble French varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The vineyards are on south-facing slopes and cover 25 hectares of well-draining sandy loam. Varieties as diverse as Bacchus, Dornfelder and Pinot Blanc are grown, and the winery and vineyard welcomes visitors. ( Tom Cannavan,

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