Wine Tasting with Jo Ginn

The Wine Garden of England

You’ve probably heard that English Sparkling Wine is starting to make its mark on the world stage, and if you’ve tasted some you will know why. The climate in the South of England is similar to that of the Champagne region 30 years ago, and we even share the same soil – a chalk seam across the Downs. This means that Kent has become the perfect place to ripen the same grapes that make Champagne and, whilst we can’t call it Champagne, our English Sparkling Wine has been winning international awards and beating the French at their own game.

Jo Ginn Wine Garden of England Wine Tasting Rencraft Tunbridge Wells

Our showroom events

The Wine Garden of England is a group of the largest Kent wine producers who work together to encourage visitors to their estates, meaning you no longer have to travel to France or Napa Valley to visit vineyards. In fact many are right on our doorstep, or certainly within an hour’s drive or train trip from Central London.

We have invited Jo Ginn, who represents this group and talks about English wine at wine tasting events throughout the country, to our Tunbridge Wells showroom on a number of occasions. The wine she introduces ranges from fine Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine from Gusbourne near Rye to a velvety red Pinot Noir from Simpsons in Canterbury.

As Jo said after our most recent event: “I’m always delighted by the surprised faces among my guests as they try wines from Kent, and to be able to invite them to nearby vineyards is a great feeling. It’s wonderful to meet the friends of the Rencraft team and show them why I’m so passionate about this growing industry.”


Get Yourself on the Guest List

If you would like to join us for one of our events, whether it be wine tasting, a pasta making masterclass, a sushi and cocktail evening or private dining with our neighbour, Robin Read from The Counter, make sure you sign up to be amongst the first to find out about our exclusive events.

Kent Vineyard Rencraft Wine Tasting Events

Where should I visit?

Jo’s top tips for Kent vineyards that are well worth a visit are:

Balfour Winery – Staplehurst

Biddenden Vineyard – Biddenden

Chapel Down – Tenterden

Gusbourne – Appledore

Simpsons – Canterbury

Squerryes – Westerham

Westwell – Charing

Yotes Court – Mereworth

All the vineyards offer tours and tastings and each one is a completely different experience. From 5 star dining to relaxed family atmosphere – there’s something for everyone.

Kent Vineyard Rencraft Wine Tasting Events