Hush Heath Estate
Hush Heath Estate is the home to Balfour Winery. A beautiful Tudor Estate in the heart of Kent, the Garden of England.
The Estate comprises 400-acres of manicured vineyards, apple orchards, wildflower meadows and ancient oak woodland, rich in flora and fauna. Sustainability and conservation are of paramount importance and reflected in the practices used across the Estate.
Each of Balfour’s 200-acres of vineyards has been carefully chosen and planted to compliment our winemaking philosophy. Located on either clay, chalk or greensand each vineyard is an expression of its unique terroir. Over half of our vineyards are located on Hush Heath Estate itself, planted on Wealden clay soils. These sites are used for many of our single-vineyard wines, including our flagship Balfour Brut Rosé. We also manage vineyards in Kent, planted especially for us by our long term grower partners. These vineyards are planted on greensand, known for wines of poise and balance, and chalk showing wines with a lean, clean character.
The care, attention and passion shown by our viticultural team enable our winemakers to produce the quality that Balfour is associated with.
"English wines, though inspired by and modelled on Champagne, are different, befitting a terrior that - although it may share certain geological features with Champagne - has its own singular characteristics."
Located south-east of London, Kent is the warmest and driest county in England. With a variety of soils, including clay, chalk and Greensand, Kent is considered the perfect location for the production of sparkling wine and cool-climate still wines.
Our Estate is maintained by the Turner family, who have been involved in the Estate from the beginning of our journey. They have an innate understanding of our soil and climate and a love for every vine planted. They take a hands-on approach in the vineyards, inspecting them daily, and being careful that each decision for the current vintage supports the best possible outcome for the following year. Using our own team ensures that our viticulture is of the highest quality and precision, giving us clean and wonderful juice. Conserving today for the future of tomorrow is Hush Heath’s promise.
Woodland and Wildlife
Hush Heath Estate is a living, breathing exhibition of some of Kent’s finest flora and fauna. Barn owls, fallow deer and buzzards amongst other indigenous insects and animals have all made their home in the ancient oak woodlands and wildflower meadows on the Estate.
Our stylish contemporary building offers spectacular facilities, with sweeping views across the Estate. Enjoy a tasting of our award-winning wines in the comfort of our beautiful tasting room, browse the Cellar Door shop and discover the mastery of English wine.
Art at The Estate
The relationship between wine and art is fascinatingly intricate, and producing a portfolio of award-winning wines is an art form itself.
The importance of art and the inspiration we can take from it is reflected within our wonderful tasting room “The View”, where we are incredibly lucky to have a selection of beautiful pieces of art and sculpture from Leslie Balfour-Lynn’s own private collection on display.