Jamie Goode and Lisse Garnett visit the Simpsons winery in East Kent. In 2016 Charles and Ruth Simpson, who’d already owned Domaine Sainte Rose in the Languedoc for a decade, began planting vineyards in East Kent, one of the warmest parts of the UK. They originally didn’t want to make still wines, just sparkling, but their still wines are now 60% of their production and are in high demand. It’s the middle of vintage 2021 as we visit to see what they are up to.
- Regenerative viticulture: what is it, and why all the fuss now?
- Simpsons Wine Estate: leading still and sparkling wines from the Kent North Downs, England