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Woodland In The Winery: Everything You Need To Know

Are you visiting our Woodland In The Winery Festival this summer? Then read on for the full details…

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Balfour Winery Becomes First BRCGS-Accredited UK Vineyard

At Balfour Winery, we’re thrilled to share the fantastic news that we have become the first vineyard in the UK to achieve the prestigious BRCGS full accreditation. This significant milestone marks a new chapter of growth and excellence for our state-of-the-art site in Kent.  

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Balfour Winery sees record medal haul at International Wine Challenge

We are delighted to announce a record-breaking haul for Balfour Winery at this year’s International Wine Challenge.

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Introducing Nature’s Perfect Pairing; Nannette’s Rosé

This summer, we want to help reintroduce wildflower meadows to parts of the UK, by supporting local wildlife charities through sales of Nannette’s Rosé – one of England’s finest pinks.

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Balfour Wine Escapes

Discover the easiest, and most enjoyable, way to explore one of the world’s most exciting wine regions – England. Enjoy exceptional food, views, accommodation and, of course, wine throughout a chosen weekend, basing yourself in one of the South East’s most picturesque locations. And discover more about viticulture, food and wine pairing, our landscape and even your own tastes.  

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Balfour showcases new logo and look

Introducing our fresh new look at Balfour.  We’re delighted to announce our new logo and branding at Balfour Winery.   

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Four Spring Recipes With The Perfect Wine Pairing

Food is at its most flavoursome when it is in season. Eating local, seasonal produce is not just delicious, it can also reduce food miles, plastic packaging, and support your community.

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Spread Some Joy, with Balfour’s The Goudhurst Inn

This Christmas at The Goudhurst Inn we want to give a little something back. So if you know a local family who have gone above and beyond for our community in 2023, please let us know. We’d love to invite them, free of charge, to enjoy Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings and award-winning English Wines, on us.

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“Breakthrough harvest” for English Wine, declares Balfour

At Balfour we’re toasting a record vintage – which we believe could represent a seismic shift for the industry. But it’s not just the quantity which has blown us away. 

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Balfour Pubs & Inns – Sparkling Tasting Flight

Thank you for buying a Balfour Winery Tasting Flight in one of our ten superb Balfour Pubs & Inns. Here’s a quick guide to the stunning authentically English Wines you’re about to try. With notes compiled by our Head Winemaker, Fergus Elias.

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Balfour Pubs & Inns, Still Tasting Flight

Thank you for buying a Balfour Winery Tasting Flight in one of our ten superb Balfour Pubs & Inns. Here’s a quick guide to the stunning authentically English Wines you’re about to try. With notes compiled by our Head Winemaker, Fergus Elias.

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Autumnal English Wine Pairing Guide, from Balfour

Looking to be inspired? Our Autumnal Pairing Guide is here, perfect for a rainy weekend. Autumn means harvest at Balfour. And whilst our team works incredibly hard to bring in this year’s crop, our minds also (inevitably) turn to the wonderful selection of seasonal produce also available at this time of year – and the wines we pair them with.

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“Winemakers’ Kitchen” Restaurant To Launch At Balfour Winery

We are delighted to begin to release details of the brand new restaurant coming this winter to Balfour Winery – The Winemakers’ Kitchen.

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Balfour Winery Named Amongst England’s Top Visitor Attractions 

Balfour Winery Named Amongst England’s Top Visitor Attractions  We are delighted to announce that Balfour Winery has been featured English vineyard to be awarded Gold in VisitEngland’s top tourist attractions – as recognised in the organisation’s Accolade Awards.

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Step into Autumn, at Balfour

Visit one of England’s “best vineyards” (The Sunday Times) this Autumn for a truly exceptional experience.  Autumn is a wonderful time to visit an English Winery, and at Balfour we’re perfectly set-up to welcome you. Whether you’re looking for an indulgent afternoon of seasonal dishes, paired with award-winning wines, or looking to stretch your legs and reconnect with nature on a guided or self-guided vineyard tour.

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The start of Harvest 2023 – what to look out for

As we approach the most exciting time of the year at our winery, here’s the inside from our expert team on what to expect. 2023 could be a year to remember for English Wine. 

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Get to Balfour, in just 45 minutes, with our FREE shuttle bus

Visiting one of England’s “best vineyards” (The Sunday Times) just got even easier, as this August we have launched a free shuttle bus service – so that you can sip award-winning wines, in a stunning vineyard setting, just 45 minutes from central London – without needing to take a car.  Our shuttle bus will run from Marden train station every weekend, from August 19th onwards.

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Balfour Dining Club Music Sessions: Why are music and wine a match made in heaven?

Wine and music are the perfect pairings because they both have the power to evoke emotions, enhance experiences, and stimulate the senses.

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“UK’s best vineyards to visit” – why Balfour is a must

Planning a visit to Balfour Winery?

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English Wine Week 2023

7 myths busted, about English Wine – This English Wine Week we’re looking at some of the popular myths about wine (and especially English Wine) – that are hard to shift. 

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“Inspired by our home…” The story behind our new-look English Wines.

“Inspired by our home…” The story behind our new-look English Wines. 

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Celebrate English Wine Week at Balfour 17th – 25th June 2023

The annual English Wine Week is a must-know date for all wine lovers in the UK. 

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Chardonany, love or hate it? Celebrate England’s favourite grape

World Chardonnay Day 2023 is the 25th of May – which is cause for celebration for some, and despair for others. But what makes some people love Chardonnay, and others loathe it. And why is that important for English Wine?

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The Importance of Bees, at Balfour Winery

Bees are English Wine’s secret weapon. Here’s how they help make our exceptional Balfour Wines, from the beauty of our Hush Heath Estate.

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March 2023 News

An update from Lindy – our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist March is a wonderful month, spring is on its way, yet the frost has not departed from us just yet. Nonetheless, we have some spectacularly sunny days approaching, be inspired by our wildlife and evade winter hibernation.

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Q&A with the winemaker: Valentines Day wine

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so we thought we would catch up with our Head Winemaker Fergus Elias to find out what bottle of Balfour he will be cracking open this 14th February.

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February 2023 News

An update from Lindy – our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist The depths of winter and statistically the coldest month of the year in the UK, February seems a long way from Spring and Summer, but it can also change from sub zero temperatures to much milder conditions within 24 hours and is challenging for nature and wildlife.

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January 2023 News

An update from Lindy – our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist Happy New Year and welcome to Balfour Winery on the beautiful Hush Heath Estate at the beginning of another new year. Although January can be a cold and dark month it is great to be outside discovering nature and winter wildlife.

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What is a Vegan wine?

Whether you have chosen to be vegan for environmental and health reasons or you are getting involved in Veganuary this year, we are happy to tell you that all of our wines and Jakes Drinks range are 100% Vegan.

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Five Festive Fancies with Balfour Wines

One of the great joys of the festive season is all the snacks and nibbles we get to consume. But whether you are hosting a party or about to put on a classic Christmas movie with some of your favourite yuletide treats, Balfour is here with some perfect food and wine pairings to elevate your Christmas to the tastiest of levels.

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December News

An update from Lindy - our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist

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5 Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

If you're looking for a gift for a wine lover, then this is the list for you! These five gifts are must-haves for the festive season.

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November News

An update from Lindy - our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist

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Harvest 2022

With exhausted winemakers and our vineyard team soothing their aching backs after weeks of speedy but skilled grape picking, we can confirm that harvest 2022 is complete.

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October News

An update from Lindy - our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist

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September News

An update from Lindy - our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist

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August News

An update from Lindy - our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist

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July News

An update from Lindy - our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist

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June News

An update from Lindy - our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist

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May News

An update from Lindy - our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist

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April News

An update from Lindy - our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist

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Women in Wine

Happy International Women's Day!

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March News

An update from Lindy - our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist

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February News

An update from Lindy - our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist

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Cook with Balfour Winery

French onion soup is a hearty dish traditionally made with beef or veal stock and is good enough for both a robust starter or a filling lunch served with bread. To replicate the meaty flavour of real stock, we use Marmite and a little vegetable bouillon. Enjoy with a glass of Les Sixes 2014.

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January News

An update from Lindy - our Tour Guide Manager and Conservationist

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Balfour Brut Rosé 2018 

“Try drinking Balfour Brut Rosé in a wine glass instead of a flute. Wines that have complexity and depth benefit from being in a wine glass; it allows the wine to open up and release its aroma.”

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Giving Back for Christmas

This Christmas, more than any before, we all deserve to have a restful and fun time with our friends and families. This year has been a whirlwind of emotions and difficult for a lot of people. Here at Balfour Winery, we want to help support vulnerable people and families and ensure they have a good Christmas too.

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Cook with Balfour Winery

"The Pinot Noir grapes that go into our Luke’s Pinot Noir are all grown on Wealden clay. This uniquely Kentish terroir imparts a wonderful, earthy character to the wine, that is not unlike mushrooms, truffles or forest floor. Combine that with the juicy cherry and raspberry notes that Pinot Noir is known for, and you have a truly exceptional wine!" So let's cook with it.

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Welcome to Balfour Winery

“One singular bottle of sparkling wine has twenty million bubbles.”

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