Chapel Down doubles vineyards

English wine producer Chapel Down has completed two long term land leases, increasing the total by 181 acres to 326 acres, to “satisfy demand for 25 years”.

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Chapel Down chief executive Frazer Thompson (Photo: Chapel Down)

The first site is at Street Farm in Boxley on the North Downs (131 acres) and the second is Scurms Farm in Sandhurst (50 acres). Both sites offer “prime viticultural land” according to the producer.

Frazer Thompson, Chapel Down chief executive, 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.”

On the quality of the land, he continued, “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.”

Predicting increased demand for his wines “over the next 25 years”, he concluded, “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”.

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