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Method

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 wine is poured, each sip leads you back to the North Downs... 

Method

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 wine is poured, each sip leads you back to the North Downs... 

The New Tradition

At Simpsons' Wine Estate, no aspect of viticulture or winemaking is outsourced – a reflection of our belief in balance, detail and integrity. Our winemaking methods have been carefully chosen to promote the purest expression of the fruit and our Kentish terroir, with as little intervention as possible. As winemakers working in, what we believe to be, the most dynamic wine producing region of the world, we are unhampered by the weight of old world tradition and take a fresher approach to our craft; handpicking from both time-honed traditions and modern technology.


In September 2016, renowned wine personality Oz Clarke opened our custom-created winery, located within walking distance of our two vineyard sites and equidistant between them. The proximity of the winery to the vines is crucial to ensure minimal transportation and manipulation of the grapes during the harvest period. Extended in 2019, the winery now houses two Vaslin Bucher Inertys grape presses, specially selected in order to protect the purity of the juice and expand the potential flavour spectrum of each grape variety.


The Estate is going from strength to strength and now has the capacity to produce upwards of 250,000 bottles of English still and sparkling wine per year.

The New Tradition

At Simpsons' Wine Estate, no aspect of viticulture or winemaking is outsourced – a reflection of our belief in balance, detail and integrity. Our winemaking methods have been carefully chosen to promote the purest expression of the fruit and our Kentish terroir, with as little intervention as possible. As winemakers working in, what we believe to be, the most dynamic wine producing region of the world, we are unhampered by the weight of old world tradition and take a fresher approach to our craft; handpicking from both time-honed traditions and modern technology. 

In September 2016, renowned wine personality Oz Clarke opened our custom-created winery, located within walking distance of our two vineyard sites and equidistant between them. The proximity of the winery to the vines is crucial to ensure minimal transportation and manipulation of the grapes during the harvest period. Extended in 2019, the winery now houses two Vaslin Bucher Inertys grape presses, specially selected in order to protect the purity of the juice and expand the potential flavour spectrum of each grape variety.


The Estate is going from strength to strength and now has the capacity to produce upwards of 250,000 bottles of English still and sparkling wine per year.

Spearheading English Still Wine Production

The flawless combination of savoir-faire, perfect vineyard sites, meticulous farming and impeccable winemaking has allowed us to create a range of premium still wines at Simpsons Wine Estate. With a strong emphasis on provenance and exuding a true sense of place, these exceptional wines are made from still wine varietal clones and are designed to challenge the perception of English still wines both nationally and internationally.


The Estate's status in this category came to the fore in the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards, when the 2018 vintage of our flagship still wine, The Roman Road Chardonnay, was awarded a Platinum Medal and the highest accolade of “Best in Show”. This title is only bestowed upon the top 50 wines entered into what is the largest and most influential, international wine competition. The bar is set high and we are committed to maintaining this exceptional level of still wine production, always seeking to deliver beyond expectations.

Spearheading English Still Wine Production

The flawless combination of savoir-faire, perfect vineyard sites, meticulous farming and impeccable winemaking has allowed us to create a range of premium still wines at Simpsons Wine Estate. With a strong emphasis on provenance and exuding a true sense of place, these exceptional wines are made from still wine varietal clones and are designed to challenge the perception of English still wines both nationally and internationally.

Spearheading English Still Wine Production

The flawless combination of savoir-faire, perfect vineyard sites, meticulous farming and impeccable winemaking has allowed us to create a range of premium still wines at Simpsons Wine Estate. With a strong emphasis on provenance and exuding a true sense of place, these exceptional wines are made from still wine varietal clones and are designed to challenge the perception of English still wines both nationally and internationally.

The Estate's status in this category came to the fore in the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards, when the 2018 vintage of our flagship still wine, The Roman Road Chardonnay, was awarded a Platinum Medal and the highest accolade of “Best in Show”. This title is only bestowed upon the top 50 wines entered into what is the largest and most influential, international wine competition. The bar is set high and we are committed to maintaining this exceptional level of still wine production, always seeking to deliver beyond expectations.

The Estate's status in this category came to the fore in the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards, when the 2018 vintage of our flagship still wine, The Roman Road Chardonnay, was awarded a Platinum Medal and the highest accolade of “Best in Show”. This title is only bestowed upon the top 50 wines entered into what is the largest and most influential, international wine competition. The bar is set high and we are committed to maintaining this exceptional level of still wine production, always seeking to deliver beyond expectations.

The Great British Classic Method

Each bottle of Simpsons’ sparkling wine is created according to the Great British Classic Method. Our base wines are expertly vinified and then bottled and sealed under crown cap, with their liqueur de tirage, (a carefully crafted combination of yeast and sugar), at which point the secondary fermentation begins, generating fine, perfectly formed bubbles. 


Once the fermentation is complete, each bottle then matures for between fifteen months and three years (depending on the particular wine style), in the meticulously monitored conditions of our winery, thus achieving its peak complexity.


This time spent resting on its lees serves to soften the distinctive, racy acidity of English wine and allows the emergence and development of the highly desirable autolytic flavours. There is no place for impatience in the production of sparkling wine, thus we believe in waiting until the optimal moment to disgorge each bottle of Simpsons' sparkling wine.

The Great British Classic Method

Each bottle of Simpsons’ sparkling wine is created according to the Great British Classic Method. Our base wines are expertly vinified and then bottled and sealed under crown cap, with their liqueur de tirage, (a carefully crafted combination of yeast and sugar), at which point the secondary fermentation begins, generating fine, perfectly formed bubbles. 


Once the fermentation is complete, each bottle then matures for between fifteen months and three years (depending on the particular wine style), in the meticulously monitored conditions of our winery, thus achieving its peak complexity.


This time spent resting on its lees serves to soften the distinctive, racy acidity of English wine and allows the emergence and development of the highly desirable autolytic flavours. There is no place for impatience in the production of sparkling wine, thus we believe in waiting until the optimal moment to disgorge each bottle of Simpsons' sparkling wine.

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