South East England

Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, E & W Sussex

A celebration of Kent

20 July 2011 - 7:30pm

Pay homage to Kent's gastro delights by indulging in a six-course menu crafted by Mark Pearson at The Mulberry Tree in Boughton Monchelsea. All courses will be accompanied by Biddenden wines and ciders, and winemaker Julian Barnes will be putting himself up for auction on the night - the highest bidder wins a free tour and tasting of the vineyard, while everyone else can opt for having him join their table throughout the dinner.

Tickets are priced at £65 with drink pairings.

Faversham's 21st Hop Festival

3 September 2011 - 4 September 2011

Retrace the route of hop-pickers from days of yore by arriving at this Kentish hop festival in a Spitfire steam train (pictured). Made up of historic carriages from the 1960s and 1970s, and featuring a real ale bar with casks of Shepherd Neame beer, the train will be available to those travelling to the festival from London and Dover, via Cantebury on the Sunday.

Lurgashall Winery

Housed in a complex of 17th and 19th century rustic farm buildings on a 38-acre estate, the Lurgashall Winery is a family-run business specialising in fruit wines and meads. However, inside, it's anything but rustic, being self-contained with fermentation, maturation and bottling vats, and modern, high quality equipment in a sterile bottling room and fully equipped laboratory – all elements of the process that will be learned about when taking a tour around the facility.

  • Tours
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  • Bar
  • Shop
  • Child Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

Biddenden Sparkling Cider

A far cry from the still Kentish ciders that Biddenden is better known for, this is the type of delicate, lively and fresh cider that conjures up memories of driving around Northern France, and pulling over occasionally to enjoy it from champagne flutes alongside a wedge of Camembert. 

75cl/RRP £10.90. Available direct from Biddenden Vineyard’s shop, its online shop and selected outlets in Kent and Sussex

South-east smorgasbord for Wine Week

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Chapel Down Winery
28 May 2011 - 5 June 2011

Along with many of its vinous colleagues, two of the south-east’s pioneers – Chapel Down and Sedlescombe – will be pushing the boat out once more for English Wine Week.

Chapel Down in Tenterden will be running three free tours a day all week, with booking essential, via 01580 766111. Awarded the Best Leisure and Tourism Business in Kent, it’s worth leaving time for a visit to Richard Philipps’ impressive restaurant. And look out – of course – for Chapel Down’s International Wine Challenge gold-medal winning sparkling rosé.

From palaces to breweries…

28 May 2011 - 4 June 2011

Make a date with The Wine Tipster at midday to find out what’s hot and what’s not in the Waitrose English Wine Week Seminar at the Art, design & a taste of summer festival at Blenheim Palace over the Bank Holiday weekend. With his natural blend of humour, knowledge – as well as instinct for the gee-gees and penchant for a fine drop – Neil Phillips never fails to entertain.

Come vine with me

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Bolney Wine Estate
30 May 2011 - 4 June 2011

For an in-depth insight into one of the UK's most progressive wineries, treat yourself and book onto Bolney's new Come Vine with Me tour on Saturday 4 June. £95 for two, this includes a guided tour of the vineyard, a tutored tasting plus a food & wine matching masterclass.

Off with their buds!

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Denbies Wine Estate
1 June 2011

Want to find out one of the techniques for ensuring a good harvest? Known as bud-rubbing – or bud busting if you’re from Down Under – it’s the removal of unwanted baby shoots around the base of a vine and Denbies in Dorking would like to share its skills with you.

EWW at Cherwell Boathouse & Bothy

28 May 2011 - 5 June 2011

Enjoy a glass of Bothy's wines as you watch the punts go by at the award-winning Cherwell Boathouse restaurant during English Wine Week. Established for over a century this well-known punting station sits in delightful meadowlands in Oxford.

01865 552 746, www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk

Sedlescombe First Release 2010

The UK's first biodynamic wine begins as a modest little number. With clean, gentle aromas, the palate is full of orchard fruits on top of a base of mandarin and lemon with a crisp backbone and finish.