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Grape & Grain - Kent

Medway Estuary

Who needs Champagne when you have fabulous fizz on our doorstep! The awareness and interest in English Sparkling Wine is growing steadily and on this tour you can visit fascinating wineries and Britain's oldest brewer.

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GRAPE & GRAIN - Kent

 

7 – 11 October 2019

Monday - Friday

5 Days

From £459

 

Who needs Champagne when you have fabulous fizz on our doorstep! 

 

The awareness and interest in English Sparkling Wine is growing steadily and on this tour you can visit two innovative wineries, Chapel Down, which is located in the beautiful Kent countryside, close to the picturesque market town of Tenterden, and set in 22 acres of vineyards, recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, as well as Hush Heath, hidden deep in the Garden of England boasts an exquisite selection of wines and ciders.

Kent has a rich history and tradition of producing high-quality alcoholic beverages taking advantage of this we also call into Shepherd Neame, in Faversham, Britain’s oldest brewer.  The great thing about visiting all these wonderful places is that you can indulge in the beer and wine tasting without worrying about a designated driver – we have already done that for you!

 

Highlights

 

Chapel Down Winery   |   Hush Heath Winery   |   Shepherd Meame Brewery    |  Brogdale     |    River Medway Cruise   |    Kent Life Open Air Museum   |   Royal Tunbridge Wells   |   Faversham  

 

DAY ONE

We depart from your home with our exclusive door to door pick-up service; you join your tour coach and travel south to our hotel in Kent with refreshment stops enroute, arriving late afternoon, time to relax before dinner.

 

DAY TWO

Today’s excursion takes us to Faversham where there is time to browse the traditional street market before your brewery tour at Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer.  Here we learn about the art of brewing with chances to taste the mineral water from the on-site well and smell locally grown hops.  Discover the past in the Old Brewery stores with its historic delivery vehicles, bygone pub signs and end the tour with a tutored tasting of fine Kentish ales and speciality lagers. 

 

 

This afternoon we visit Brogdale, home to the National Fruit Collection, the largest collection of fruit trees in the world.  We take a guided orchard tour of the seasonal fruit collections.

 

 

DAY THREE

This morning we visit Chapel Down, one of Kent’s award-winning sparkling wine producers, with rumours that their wine was served at the Royal Wedding.  Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and winery where we learn about the history of English wine, the vineyard cycle and the intricacies of the method of sparkling wine production.  To complete the experience we take part in a tutored tasting of their award-winning range of wines. 

 

Next, we take a one-hour cruise on the River Medway aboard the Kentish Lady, which has excellent facilities including a bar – we sail from Archbishops Palace, Maidstone to Kent Life, an English open-air museum located at Sandling, next to Allington Locks, on the east bank of the River Medway. Here we can explore the collection of historic buildings, stroll through the gardens, meet the resident animals or relax in Dotty’s tea room and treat yourself to homemade cake amidst the wonderful 1950's themed surroundings.

 

 

DAY FOUR

For our final excursion we visit Hush Heath Winery, hidden away in beautiful Kent countryside near Staplehurst, the estate produces one of England’s most iconic and exclusive sparkling wines using the traditional method – Balfour Brut Rose.  The estate boasts an exquisite selection of wines and ciders all produced from fruit grown in the beautiful vineyards and apple orchards, some of which are served first class on British Airways.  Our tour will involve a gentle walk of the vines, tour of the winery and of course a tasting.  There will be opportunity to purchase the wines at the on-site shop.  This afternoon we also call into Royal Tunbridge Wells, the charming historic town that was a favourite of Queen Victoria.

 

 

DAY FIVE

Today we bid farewell and begin our journey home with comfort stops enroute.

 

YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

 

  • Luxury coach travel

  • Home pick up

  • 4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

  • Admission Shepherd Neame Brewery & tasting

  • Admission Brogdale Farm

  • Admission Chapel Down Winery & tasting

  • Kentish Lady Cruise

  • Admission Kent Life

  • Admission Hush Heath Winery & tasting.

 

HOLIDAY INN ASHFORD NORTH

The Holiday Inn offers 92 bedrooms which have all the amenities you require including TV, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and iron/ironing board, the hotel does not have a lift but is only over 2 floors and has plenty of ground floor rooms.

 

DAY ONE

Beginning with our exclusive door to door pick-up service, you join your tour coach and travel south to our hotel in Kent with refreshment stops enroute, arriving late afternoon, time to relax before dinner.

D

DAY TWO

Todays excursion takes us to Faversham where there is time to browse the traditional street market before your brewery tour at Shepherd Neame, Britain's oldest brewer. Here we learn about the art of brewing with chances to taste the mineral water from the on-site well and smell locally grown hops. Discover the past in the Old Brewery stores with its historic delivery vehicles, bygone pub signs and end the tour with a tutored tasting of fine Kentish ales and speciality lagers. This afternoon we visit Brogdale, home to the National Fruit Collection, the largest collection of fruit trees in the world. We take a guided orchard tour of the seasonal fruit collections.

B, D

DAY THREE

This morning we visit Chapel Down, one of Kent's award-winning sparkling wine producers, with rumours that their wine was served at the Royal Wedding. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and winery where we learn about the history of English wine, the vineyard cycle and the intricacies of the method of sparkling wine production. To complete the experience we take part in a tutored tasting of their award-winning range of wines. Next, we take a one-hour cruise on the River Medway about the Kentish Lady, which has excellent facilities including a bar - we sail from Archbishops Palace, Maidstone to Kent Life, here we can explore the collection of historic buildings, stroll through the gardens, meet the resident animals or take out in Dotty's tea room.

B, D

DAY FOUR

For our final excursion we visit Hush Heath Winery, hidden away in beautiful Kent countryside near Staplehurst, the estate produces one of England's most iconic and exclusive sparkling wines using the traditional method - Balfour Brut Rose. The estate boasts an exquisite selection of wines and ciders all produced from fruit grown in the beautiful vineyards and apple orchards, some of which are served first class on British Airways. Our tour will involve a gentle walk of the vines, tour of the winery and of course a tasting. There will be opportunity to purchase the wines at the on-site shop. This afternoon we also call into Royal Tunbridge Wells, the charming historic town that was a favourite of Queen Victoria.

B, D

DAY FIVE

Today we bid farewell and begin our journey home with comfort stops enroute.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

HOLIDAY INN ASHFORD NORTH

The Holiday Inn offers 92 bedrooms which have all the amenities you require including TV, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and iron/ironing board, the hotel does not have a lift but is only over 2 floors and has plenty of ground floor rooms.

 

 

INCLUDED:

Door to door pick-up

4 nights' accommodation, dinner & breakfast

Admission Shepherd Neame Brewery & tasting

Admission Brogdale Farm

Admission Chapel Down Winery & tasting

Kentish Lady Cruise

Admission Kent Life

Admission Hush Heath Winery & tasting

 

Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited. If no single supplement applies this is limited to single room allocation and therefore additional cost may apply.  Prices displayed are per person unless otherwise stated. If door to door pick up is included there may be additional charges for out of area. Itineraries and hotel inclusions may be subject to change.

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