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 the winery to the vines is critical in the creation of top-flight wines. The Estate also saw its first harvest in 2016 and since then the winemakers have produced a highly-acclaimed range of English still and sparkling wines, including the Chalklands Classic Cuvee 2016, which won a gold medal and “Best in Class” title in the 2019 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships.
In addition, the 2018 Roman Road Chardonnay, which is the third release of the flagship still wine, has recently been awarded a Platinum Medal and the highest accolade of “Best in Show” in the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards.
The Estate is going from strength to strength and now has the capacity to produce upwards of 250,000 bottles of English still and sparkling wine per year.
In February 2020, Walpole, the industry body for the UK’s luxury sector, selected Simpsons’ Wine Estate, as one of the twelve 2020 Brands of Tomorrow - a development programme, which supports growing luxury businesses.” Simpsons' Wine Estate is only the second winery to be selected for the programme.
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