19.12.2016 - General
If you are staying in one of the Keat Farm holiday parks make sure you are not missing out on some of our favourite vineyards located in the “Garden of England”.
While visiting one of Kent’s vineyards, expert wine makers share stories about specific ways of planting and harvesting and impressive records of 13th century wine trading activities as well as the chance to taste world-class local wines.
From large vineyards to boutique, here are a selection of vineyards you can visit during a stay at one of our parks.
The closest vineyard to our Quex Park is the Barnsole Vineyard, a boutique vineyard situated between Canterbury and Sandwich, in the picturesque village of Staple where grapes have been enjoying a fertile land since ancient times.
Barnsole Vineyard welcomes visitors for a free mini-tour where you will be able to taste the still wines. If you prefer sparkling wine, it is available for a small fee. However, one hour guided tours (£7.00/ person) are also available and you’ll be introduced to local wines history, their arrival in England with the Romans and also learn about trends in English wine industry.
Visiting hours: May – September 10:30am-5:00pm; October – April 11:00am-4:00pm
Location: Fleming Road, Staple, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1LG
Another vineyard located near the beautiful Canterbury is the Chartham Vineyard situated near The North Downs Way; The North Downs Way interestingly, used to be used by pilgrims on their journeys from Winchester to Canterbury Cathedral.
Visiting hours: To be advised
Location: Burnt House Farm, Station Road, Chartham, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 7HU
Perhaps the most famous vineyard in Kent is Chapel Down. A world-class vineyard with a growing reputation.
With over 100 acres of vineyards across Kent, Chapel Down prides itself with 3 main grapes: Bacchus, England’s most planted variety of white grapes, Chardonnay, grown for sparkling wines with generous texture and Pinot Noir increasingly important for English sparkling wines.
Guided tours are available from April until November. However, you can still visit the vineyard by experiencing some of the world-class wines or by visiting the Swan Restaurant, where the finest locally and regionally-sourced produce are cooked to perfection.
Visiting hours: April – November 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Small Hythe, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7NG