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 iconic and 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 leads the way in still wine production. Our vineyards were established in 2002 and are predominantly planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Bacchus although more recently, plantings of more unusual varieties like Pinot Blanc have been added.  All our grapes are handpicked by our vineyard team and blended in our state-of-the-art Winery to produce wines with a distinct ‘house style’ of elegance and purity, showcasing a soft mousse with a fruit-forward approach and a refreshing, lively acidity.

In addition to our wines, Jake’s Drinks is a collection of craft beers and ciders from the winemakers at Balfour Winery. As with our wines, the beers and ciders are made with the same skill and pioneering spirit. They combine the best local ingredients, a winemaker’s touch and a vision for producing drinks of elegance and balance.

Hush Heath Estate is a 400-acre family-owned estate in the heart of the "Garden of England" and home to Balfour Winery in Kent. With vast ancient woodland, vineyards, apple orchards and wild flower meadows, the private estate is open for guests to explore all-year round. With family values at its core, the estate combines conservation with an unrivalled spirit of hospitality and generosity.

Our impressive contemporary style Cellar Door building houses our Visitor Centre, which offers year-round tours of the estate and tastings of a range of our wines, with excellent space and facilities for corporate and private events. An exciting tourist attraction, Balfour Winery has a friendly and passionate team who enjoy welcoming guests and sharing with them their extensive knowledge of viticulture, wine making and tutored tastings. Self-guided tours are free and available without booking. We also have delicious sharing platters of local charcuterie, cheese and vegetarian options as the perfect accompaniment to our wines. We are open every day from 10am until 5pm, including bank holidays, all year round. If you are looking for an all-day experience to include an extended vineyard and estate tour, a tutored tasting and a delicious three-course meal paired with our wines, then our Wine and Dine Experience comes highly recommended. Available on Thursdays through to Sundays and available to book from our website.

A number of exciting events are held at Balfour Winery throughout the year, in addition to our unique Balfour Dining Club Music Sessions held on selected Saturday evenings throughout the year. From Mother’s Day afternoon tea, blending workshops and Murder Mystery evenings our stunning venue offers a perfect place to meet with friends.

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

Guided tours and tutored tastings must be prebooked, tickets from £25 per person.


The Winemakers' Kitchen

Balfour Winery's new restaurant, The Winemakers’ Kitchen, is the perfect representation of ‘what grows together, goes together’.

Enjoy seasonal produce, from local producers, served alongside Balofur wines that have inspired each dish. The menu, a collaboration between head chef Dan Austin and Head Winemaker Fergus Elias, features recipes specifically designed to pair with Balfour’s award-winning wines. Find out more by clicking here.

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Guide Prices

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, 2nd March 2024 - Saturday, 2nd March 2024

Jazz Evening with Joe StilgoeAn Evening Concert with Joe Stilgoe at Balfour WineryJoin for an awe-inspiring evening concert, dinner and wine with Joe - known globally as a performer of wit, style and a level of musicianship which has seen him recognised as one of the best singer-pianists in the world.
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Saturday, 9th March 2024 - Saturday, 9th March 2024

Mothers Day Afternoon TeaMother's Day Special Saturday Afternoon Tea at Balfour WineryCelebrate Mother's Day weekend by treating someone special to a Sparkling Afternoon Tea at Balfour Winery on Saturday 9th March.
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Facilities

Other

  • 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

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Camper22524999234
      Erith, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Great day out
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 14th December 2023
      Great place and great wine tasting. Weather but rubbish so a quick tour to the vines then back to the warm for a very informative wine tasting. They have a new restaurant which we didn’t know about... Read full review
    • Niki R
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Lovely day out
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 28th January 2024
      Brilliant tour. Esther, our tour guide, was so nice and it was a pleasure to sit and chat about wine whilst we tasted some lovely wines. Read full review
    • Glenis B
      pont d
      Just the place for anniversary lunch
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 30th January 2024
      Excellent lunch with top notch menu at wine makers kitchen restaurant with views over vineyard .Will return when vines producing and take a tour and tasting experience Read full review

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    Opening Times

    2024 opening hours (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

    * Open for tastings and self-guided tours, seven days a week, including Bank Holidays, from 10am – 5pm.

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

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    Self-Guided WalkSelf-Guided Tour at Balfour Winery, StaplehurstWith two designated routes to choose from, enjoy tranquility and stillness, as you stroll through beautiful vineyards, apple orchards, wildflower meadows and ancient oak woodlands.

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