“UK’s best vineyards to visit” – why Balfour is a must
Planning a visit to Balfour Winery?
Come and explore our hidden gem set in 400 acres of spectacular Kent countryside. A relaxing escape awaits – just 50 minutes from London. We specialise in offering exceptional experiences for us visitors; from world-class wines, to seasonal feasts and tours with expert conservationists and engaging tastings.
The Sunday Times have reviewed us as one of the top 5 wineries to visit in the UK, so you’re in good company with a visit. Find out more about how to visit us with groups or on your own, and what to expect, below.
How to get to our vineyards by train…
The closest train station to our winery is Marden – just 2.5 miles away. For those feeling energetic, that’s just a 45 minute walk (or 13 minute bike ride). Alternatively there’s a host of local taxi firms or during peak times we run a shuttle bus to and from the winery itself. Please get in touch for further details.
Marden has regular trains to and from London Charing Cross, Dover and Ramsgate.
Driving to Balfour Winery
A drive to Balfour takes you through some beautiful Kent countryside. We’re just 30 minutes drive from the nearby town of Maidstone, with its excellent links to the M20 if you’re coming from north or south.
If you’re travelling internationally, there’s also various care hire venues in the local towns of Maidstone and Tonbridge. We also have facilities to accommodate large coaches and tour groups.
Bringing A Group
A visit to the estate is the perfect way to reward your team and is a unique client gifting option.
We love entertaining and would be delighted to host your tailor-made company away day or special event. We are well-practiced at delivering stress-free days out for groups of all sizes.
Whether you are looking for a gathering of a small group, or to organise a large all-day event, we are happy to accommodate your requirements.
Hosted by your dedicated guide, take a walk through the vineyards and learn about viticulture, biodiversity and winemaking before being led in a tasting of selected Balfour Wines or Jake’s Drinks range of ciders and beers.
Talk to us about additional unique activities that we can organise for your group, from yoga in the vineyard or diamond workshops to wine and cheese pairing, we can create the perfect experience.
We take pride in creating memorable days that ensure your guests can relax and leave feeling inspired and refreshed by a unique experience in the tranquil Kent countryside.
Spend The Night
At Balfour we’re proud of our local pubs and inns, which you’ll find across London, the South East, the Cotswolds and close to the winery.
With boutique rooms, seasonal menus and a wine list (featuring some of our award-winning wines) – it’s the perfect place to end a memorable day at Balfour Winery.
The Goudhurst Inn (4 miles from the winery)
The Tickled Trout (9 miles from the winery)
The Windmill (11 miles from the winery)
The Woolpack (12 miles from the winery)
What to expect, when you arrive…
The winery is surrounded by 400 acres of immaculately cared for vineyards, ancient woodlands, wildflower meadows, ponds, orchards and farmland.
It’s a haven of biodiversity, we have sustainability at our heart. And as a founding member of Sustainable Wines of GB, we live by these principles in every bottle.
Book a tour with one of our expert guides, enjoy a tasting overlooking the vines and tuck in to some freshly prepared seasonal produce on one of our sharing boards or flatbreads.
Our 15,00 thousand people visit our Estate every year – and we’ve been featured in The Sunday Times, The i, Good Housekeeping and a host of other articles as one of the best UK vineyards to visit.
Call us to tell us about your request, we can provide a quote and discuss how you would like to tailor your day.
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