English Wine Profiles

Ruth and Charles Simpson - Simpsons' English Wine Estate

Ruth and Charles Simpson - Simpsons' English Wine Estate

Simpsons' Wine Estate was established in 2012 by Ruth and Charles Simpson in Barham, Kent, amid the pristine beauty of the Elham Valley – an unspoilt seam in the North Downs where the contours of the land, climate and soil could scarcely be improved upon for viticulture. At Simpsons', they believe that 'the finest wines convey a rich sense of provenance and integrity, firmly rooted in the characteristics and exquisite nuances of their terroir.'   In September 2016, Oz Clarke opened the state-of-the-art winery, located within walking distance of the two vineyard sites and equidistant between them. The proximity of...

Jonica and Gerard Fox - Fox & Fox Mayfield 

Jonica and Gerard Fox  - Fox & Fox Mayfield 

Jonica and Gerard are united in their love for fizz.  Since they planted their vineyards and established their Fox & Fox Mayfield brand together, they have focussed on delivering top quality English Sparkling Wines that are as good with food as they are on their own. They both have past, careers in banking and advertising before they started to grow grapes and make wine. Both have used their skills to pursue their drive for quality. Jonica says:  I am constantly impressed by Gerard’s skill set, he’s key to our blending and dosage trials as he has a good palate and...

Corinne Seely (Wine Director) and Fred Langdale (Vineyard Director) Exton Park

Corinne Seely (Wine Director) and Fred Langdale (Vineyard Director) Exton Park

  Philosophy- The secret to perfection is patience  We believe there is only one way to make world class sparkling wine in the UK.  Our Reserve Blends are crafted, almost exclusively, from a library of wines curated, stored and aged over the past decade. Our winemaker composes our blends from a huge variety of flavours captured from our 60 acre vineyard each year.  This completely unique approach sets a new standard for contemporary winemaking. We guarantee excellence in every sip across each wine, year-after-year.  We are, and always will be, a single vineyard producer offering a level of quality, consistency...

Alex Hurley, Wine Maker London CRU

Alex Hurley, Wine Maker London CRU

Alex originally started out as a Geologist working throughout Eastern Australia and Asia. After 7 years, the passion for wine took over and he changed careers. Alex went back to University and completed a Masters in Viticulture and Enology at the Vinifera EuroMasters in Montpellier SupAgro, Bordaux Sciences Agro and Turin University. He has worked in many Wineries on his journey to London Cru. These have included the Bellarine Peninsula with Lethbridge Wines, Australia. GD Vajra in Barolo, Italy. Le Grappin in Beaune, Burgundy and finally Gusbourne based in Kent. For the last two and a half years Alex has...

Fergus Elias, wine maker Balfour Winery Hushheath Estate

Fergus Elias, wine maker  Balfour Winery Hushheath Estate

Head Winemaker for Balfour Winery at the Hush Heath Estate, Fergus Elias (Ferg)’s passion for English winemaking is in his blood. Growing up around his father Owen’s own illustrious winemaking career, Ferg spent his childhood days on the land at Chapel Down surrounded by disgorging lines, bottling and fascinatedly watched as fruit was transformed from vine to wine.  Despite a brief foray into ancient history, with visions of pursuing a career in law, after graduating from the University of Liverpool, Ferg found his way back to his Kentish - and winemaking roots, joining the Balfour Winery in 2014. Thankfully, where...