Chapel Down snaps up 70 hectares to plant more vines
English sparkling wine producer Chapel Down has completed two long-term land leases to more than double the size of its estate.
A 53ha site in Boxley on the North Downs and a 20ha plot in Sandhurst bring Chapel Down’s estate up to 131ha.
Chief executive Frazer Thompson said: “This is more exciting news for us. The Boxley site is close to our existing vineyard at Kits Coty and our other previously announced new site at Court Lodge Farm on the North Downs. We believe this area of the North Downs offers the finest terroir in England for sparkling varieties and successive excellent crops from Kits Coty prove it.
“The site in Sandhurst is in a proven area for distinctive and high quality still and sparkling varieties close to the winery at Tenterden. Both sites will be planted over the coming years to enable us to grow more world class grapes to satisfy the increasing demand for Chapel Down wines over the next 25 years.”