At Simpsons, we believe that the finest wines convey a rich sense of provenance and integrity, firmly rooted in the characteristics and exquisite nuances of their terroir. This is why we settled for nothing less than the finest parcels of land in southern England to plant our vines for Simpsons’ first English sparkling wine.
The Simpsons vineyards occupy glorious positions on the sunny, sheltered slopes of the North Downs of Kent, protected from the whimsy of the English climate by ancient woodland and anchored in the iconic chalky soils so highly revered in the world of sparkling wine.
On our French wine estate, the award-winning Domaine Sainte Rose in the Languedoc region, we have always pursued the cleaner, truer flavours of the grape, and we are now bringing this savoir-faire to our English vineyards. With rootstock meticulously matched to our soil and a new world-class winery just minutes from the vines, we are proud to say that you will only find Simpsons grapes in Simpsons wines – none bought in, no method outsourced.
Each vine has been planted by us and nurtured by us, and each bunch of grapes will, when the moment is quite right, be picked and pressed by us – allowing us at every step to deliver the fullest expression of our Kentish terroir. Once bottled, the wine gently ferments for a second time according to the méthode traditionnelle and then matures without haste, gaining elegance over the course of years spent resting on its lees.
By personally delivering the lightest of touches at each step of the winemaking process, we believe we are creating wines of great provenance and presence, so that when every glass of Simpsons English sparkling wine is poured, each sip leads you back to the North Downs...
We invite you to join a special edition of our "Sunset Session" evening tour and tasting event during our harvest period.
The experience will begin with a walk to the ‘Roman Road’ vineyard, where you will learn about how the vines are grown and harvested.
Returning to the winery, we will then explain the winemaking process from the comfortable vantage point of The Glass House Tasting Room, whilst enjoying a refreshing glass of our flagship wine, The Roman Road Chardonnay.
Macknade Fine Foods, the South East’s leading food hall in Faversham, will be providing a delectable platter of locally-sourced cheese and charcuterie. This will be paired with glass of wine from our Southern French Sister Estate, Domaine Sainte Rose.
(Please be aware that The Glass House Tasting Room is situated up 2 flights of stairs. We advise all our guests to drink sensibly and consider means of transport when attending our events. This event is for over 18's only.)
Simpsons Wine Estate
As the evenings draw in, we invite you to join Simpsons’ Wine Estate’s very first “Winter Workshop”.
Nestled in the comfort of The Glass House Tasting Room, you will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and an introduction to the Estate.
This will be followed by a guided tasting of five wines from Simpsons’ Wine Estate and our Southern French sister estate, Domaine de Sainte Rose.
Each wine will be expertly paired with a delectable cheese produced by the award-winning Cheesemakers of Canterbury, who will be on hand to share their knowledge and passion for their craft.
This will be a fun, informative and delicious evening, sure to tempt the most discerning foodie and wine lover. At the end of the evening, you will have the opportunity to purchase your favourite wines and cheeses from the event to take home and recreate the magic.