Raising A Glass To Kent Wine
Winemakers, key industry figures and supporters gathered at Rochester Cathedral for the inaugural Wine Garden of England Festival, hosted by the Dean and Chapter of Rochester and Wine Garden of England Partnership, a celebration of Kent winemaking. A public wine festival was held the following day.
The breath-taking Rochester Cathedral is steeped in English winemaking history – more than 1,000 years ago, champion of viticulture Gundalf, Bishop of Rochester, established an order of Benedictine monks and started growing grapes, becoming the county’s very first wine producer.
Guests enjoyed a sparkling drinks reception, followed by a spectacular six-course menu created by Fabio Vinciguerra, executive chef at Hush Heath, each course paired with a wine from each producer in the Wine Garden of England partnership.
Made up of seven of Kent’s top wine producers the partnership comprises Biddenden, Chapel Down, Domaine Evremond, Gusbourne, Hush Heath Estate, Squerryes and Simpsons Wine Estate.
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