Grape Britain - Pinot Noir Edition

Grape Britain – Pinot Noir Edition

At Chapel Down, Pinot Noir is the second most important grape variety for traditional method Sparkling Wine, behind Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir grape variety makes up approximately one third of all the area under vine in the UK and constitutes 38% of the vineyard area in Champagne. Many wine regions grow Pinot Noir to use in red winemaking, but here at Chapel Down we use it exclusively for traditional method Sparkling Wine and, in our Rosé, still wines. There is something quite magical yet frustrating about

Chapel Down Favourites Mixed Case

Upskill Your Wine Tasting Knowledge In Five Simple Steps!

Before we begin, it is important to make sure that your environment is conducive to wine tasting. A relaxed atmosphere is crucial, and a room smelling of baked mackerel probably isn’t great. Try to avoid too much perfume or brushing your teeth immediately prior to the tasting – (unless you are trying to pair a wine with mint). And of course, we drink as we eat – first with our eyes- so ensure good lighting. Not so much that it spoils the mood of course… Try and ensure you’re using the

Chapel Down Spring Update

Spring Update

Now that spring has arrived – albeit chillier than normal, we are looking forward to another busy season in the vineyards. The pruning process is finished and the long, overcast winter is now behind us. The Chardonnay buds are starting to open, soon to be followed by the other varieties. Chardonnay is always the first major variety to break bud, bringing a sense of excitement and anticipation for the months ahead. We are particularly excited this year about the 150 acres of new vineyards at Boarley

Introducing Syrah 2018 by Domaine Gayda

Introducing Syrah 2018 by Domaine Gayda

We are delighted to introduce a new wine to our Great Minds Drink Alike Collection, Syrah 2018 by Domaine Gayda. Our Great Minds Drink Alike collection includes limited-edition wines from producers across the globe who share a similar ethos to us at Chapel Down. The wines have been individually curated by our Head Winemaker, Josh Donaghay-Spire, and are exclusively available via Chapel Down in the UK. Josh, Chapel Down Head Winemaker says, “Along with making our Chapel Down sparkling and still wines, it is hugely

Chapel Down Awards 2019

Chapel Down Awards 2019

We are thrilled to share the news of our impressive array of International Awards for 2019. At Chapel Down, we are internationally recognised for the quality of our wines, beers, cider and spirits, and this year we have won 51 awards, including 12 golds and 12 silvers. Our Kit’s Coty Couer de Cuvee 2014 was awarded Best Prestige Cuvee at the Wine GB Awards 2019, as well as the Best in the Show Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019. This is the ultimate

Vine Lease Picking 2019

Vine Lease Picking Day 2019

On Monday 23rd September 2019 we had the pleasure of welcoming our vine lease holders to the Chapel Down Winery to help celebrate the beginning of this year’s harvest at one of our oldest vineyards at the Tenterden estate. Hosted by our Head of Viticulture, Richard Lewis, our vine lease holders set out with a pair of secateurs and a bucket. Then, under the watchful eye of our vineyard team, they were let loose to help with the 2019 harvest and managed to amass 4.5

Gin Work Experiences

Unique Gin-Making Experiences Now Available at The Gin Works

We’re excited to have launched a range of gin-based experiences at our new Gin Works in Kings Cross, London.   The Gin Works Experience Launching on Monday 16th September, we will be offering gin-lovers the ultimate experience; the opportunity to make their own gin in The Gin Works Experience. At the heart of the Gin Works Experience is ‘Helga’, our 150-litre copper still which produces premium small-batch craft gins on site throughout the year. Under the expert guidance of our distillation team, guests will learn

UK Brewer of the Year 2019


We are thrilled to have been awarded ‘UK BREWER OF THE YEAR’ at the prestigious International Beer Challenge 2019 this week! The competition was judged by a panel of 70 industry experts including brewers, journalists, retailers and flavour experts. We’re also delighted to have been awarded Gold in the Lager Taste Category for our flagship premium lager Curious Brew at the World Beer Awards 2019 earlier this month. “This is unbelievable and amazing for us. We are currently a small player in the UK beer