The Simpsons’ Vineyards
We planted the first 10 hectares of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir on our estate in 2014. This is our Roman Road Vineyard, situated alongside the route the Romans first marched when invading England in AD 43. The Romans are credited with bringing the first vines to England and may well have planted them on the same hillsides as ours.
The plantation of the same three grape varieties continued on the sunny slopes south of the village and on other side of the valley with a further 20 hectares of vines being planted over 2016 and 2017. This is our Railway Hill Vineyard, so called because the Canterbury to Folkestone light railway passed through this site in the late 19th and first half of the 20th Century.
When all three planted vineyards are in full production, we have the potential to produce 250,000 bottles of English sparkling wine per year. The first bottles of Simpsons sparkling wine will be released in late 2018.