Balfour Winery

Type:Vineyard

Five Oak Lane, Junction of Snoad Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0HT

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Balfour Winery has been producing England's most exclusive pink fizz, Balfour Brut Rosé, since its award winning 2004 vintage.

The family-owned winery uses traditional Champagne grape varieties and methods in the production of its sparkling wines and also crafts small batches of traditional method Sparkling Ciders, and still wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Hush Heath is a 400 acre family owned estate in the heart of the "Garden of England", Kent , with vast ancient woodland, vineyards, apple orchards and wild flower meadows. With family values at its core, the estate combines conservation with an unrivalled spirit of hospitality and generosity.

We are famous for producing Balfour Brut Rosé, one of the most iconic and exclusive English sparkling wines, using traditional Champagne methods and grape varieties. Our vineyards were established in 2002 and are predominantly planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, although more recently, plantings of Bacchus and Pinot Blanc have been added.  All our grapes are handpicked and blended in our state-of-the-art Winery.

In 2018, we underwent a large expansion, with a new contemporary style Cellar Door building, housing our Visitor Centre, which offers Vineyard/Winery tours and tastings, with space for corporate and private events. Hush Heath wines are nationally and internationally award-winning and include a sparkling range under the ‘Balfour’ brand and still wines under the ‘Hush Heath Estate’ brand. The Estate has a distinct ‘house style’, producing wines of elegance and purity, showcasing a soft mousse with a fruit-forward approach and a refreshing, lively acidity. Fruit from the Estate’s apple orchards is used to make the ‘Jake’s Kentish Cider’ range and our two truly unique sparkling apple wines, which reflects a constant drive for innovation. An exciting tourist attraction, Hush Heath has a friendly and passionate team who enjoy welcoming guests and sharing with them their extensive knowledge of viticulture, wine making and tutored tastings. Winter Winery Tours run at 2.30pm from November-March, Thursday-Sunday. This experience includes a tour around our sophisticated Winery, where the fascinating art of winemaking is explained. Following this you will enjoy a tutored tasting of 6 of our delicious, award-winning wines. Full Estate Tours run at 11am and 2pm from April-October, Thursday-Sunday. This includes a guided tour around our stunning vineyards, orchards and ancient oak woodlands where you will learn about the estate and our viticulture. The tour continues in our modern Winery where the art of winemaking is explained. Following this, you will enjoy a tutored tasting of 6 of our award-winning wines and ciders. Alternatively, self -guided tours and tastings are free and available without booking. We also have charcuterie, cheese and vegetarian sharing platters available as the perfect accompaniment to our wines. We are open 7 Days a week, 11am to 5pm, including bank holidays, all year round.


 With a Cellar Door shop, guided tours and complimentary self-led tour options available, Hush Heath has become a destination for both wine lovers and those simply looking to explore the beautiful Kentish countryside.

Guided Tours must be prebooked. £25 per ticket.

Join Hush Heath’s knowledgeable team for an introduction to the estate, followed by an hour long exploration of the vineyards, apple orchards, and ancient oak woodland. Tour the winery and enjoy a lesson in sparkling wine making. Each visit is rounded off with a complete tasting of the Hush Heath’s wines and ciders.

A new Wine-and-Dine option includes dinner at Hush Heath's local village restaurant, The Goudhurst Inn. Wine tours include discounts for diners and special wine pairing menus.

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Guided Tour per person£25.00 per ticket
Self- Guide TourFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Events

Saturday, 10th December 2022 - Saturday, 10th December 2022

Saturday, 17th December 2022 - Saturday, 17th December 2022

Dining Club Music Sessions
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Facilities

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  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Parking (free)
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Accessibility

  • Disabled facilities (please call for details)
  • Facility for service dogs

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

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      An interesting afternoon with shared platter lunches and a wine tasting. Their sparkling wines are good especially rose
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    Opening Times

    2022 opening hours (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00*
    2022 opening hours (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00*

    * Open for tastings and self-guided tours, seven days a week, including Bank Holidays, from 11am – 5pm.

    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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