Hush Heath Estate

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Tour details

Tours include a walk of at least half-an-hour through the vineyards and orchards before hearing how sparkling wine is made in the state-of-the art cellar, and a tasting of three of the curent wine/cellar releases.

Depending on the weather, it's best to come with sturdy footwear.

Both winery and tasting room have disabled access, and guide dogs are welcome. Other dogs cannot be accommodated.

Tour numbers: Min: 6; Max: 30

Opening times

22 March–28 September

The tasting room will be open for tastings and sales

11am-5pm, Friday & Saturday

Sustenance

Although there's no café on site, the team recommend The Three Chimineys in nearby Biddenden.

Public Transport

Train: Staplehurst, 2.5 miles; Marden, 4 miles

Prices

Tours

£12 per person; Min: 6; Max: 30

Get in Touch

Email: info@hushheath.com
www.hushheath.com

01622 832794

Twitter: Balfour_Rose
Facebook: Balfour Brut Rosé

Hush Heath Estate
Five Oak Lane Junction of Snoad Lane
Marden
Kent
TN12 0HX
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Hard to believe that the vines at Hush Heath estate are less than ten years old so much has been written about the wine produced. But then owner Richard Balfour-Lynn always had his sights set high – "I want to make the best rosé in the world," he says with focused determination at his winery's official opening.

But it might never have happened. Hotel and property entrepreneur, Richard and his wife Leslie had been looking on the continent for a vineyard to buy when the farmland around his Elizabethan manor house came up for sale in 2000. They jumped at the chance and, advised by the UK's most experienced viticultural consultant Stephen Skelton MW, planted four acres with the three Champagne varieties. A few years later, the first vintage, 2004, won Gold in the 2008 International Wine Challenge and swiftly sold out. Not a bad start.

A hat-trick for Hush Heath

Several years later there are almost 30 acres under vine and production is up to 30,000 bottles with an ultimate goal of 100,000. Several still wines have crept into the portfolio, but Richard remains glued to global sparkling rosé domination. "We argue over the colour, we argue over the bubbles," he admits.  And, as if by recognition of the quality, 2011 saw two notable firsts alongside the opening of his new winery: Dame Shirley Bassey launched P&O's latest cruise ship, Adonia, with a magnum of Balfour Brut Rosé, and the latest vintage was chosen for British Airways' first class cabins and lounges.

With its winery now properly open, Hush Heath is opening its Tasting Room for tastes and sales on Fridays and Saturdays, from the end of March until the end of September. Visitors can taste the current releases and wander around the vineyard trail. Or for something more in-depth, book onto a Guided Tour – see the Information Tab for more details.

Cider from the Hush Heath Orchards are now also available, so take advantage of your chance to taste some of the New Wave of Kentish ciders.

Silverware

  • Balfour Brut Rosé 2006 – Best in Class, International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2010
  • Balfour Brut Rosé 2005 – Trophy, Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Balfour Brut Rosé -2004 – Gold, International Wine Challenge 2008

Eco-friendly initiatives

  • Weather station in vineyard – allows spraying to be minimised by close adjustment of schedule
  • Winery – perspex roof allows natural light rather than electricity in daytime
  • Bottling - lighter-weight bottles in use
Last visited: Summer 2011