This beautiful 400-acre estate and Tudor manor house in the south-east of England has been home to the Balfour-Lynn family since the 1980s. Its winemaking era began in 2002, when Richard Balfour-Lynn planted his first vineyards on these clay-rich soils, with an ambition to make fine sparkling rosé.
Today vines cover 37 acres of the Kent property, which was planted with expert advice from English wine specialist Stephen Skelton MW and a focus on the three classic Champagne grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Hush Heath’s state of the art winery was completed in time for the 2011 harvest, with winemaking placed in the capable hands of Owen Elias and Victoria Ash. Owen is a four-time winner of the UK Vineyard Association Winemaker of the Year award, having built up a wealth of experience in a career that has seen him make wine for over 20 English vineyards and a number of projects for national retailers.
While its flagship vintage rosé has secured Hush Heath a firm place among England’s top wine producers, the estate recently introduced a second tier of traditional method sparkling wine. This pair of non vintage wines, a rosé and a white, appear under the ‘1503’ label, a reference to the date when the estate’s historic manor house was built. Made from the property’s younger vineyards and with a slightly higher dosage than the original Balfour wines, these offer a very approachable yet still refined English fizz experience.