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Successful Wine Weekend showcases Kent’s growing wine sector

Members of staff celebrating the first ever Wine Weekend in Maidstone Maidstone’s first ever Wine Weekend was held on Saturday 16th July at Sessions House, County Hall. The event was a successful collaboration between town centre businesses, One Maidstone, Kent County Council, English wine producers and Gullands.

The event originated from an idea by Blair Gulland and Ulric Allsebrook of Frederic’s Bistro, to showcase the county’s wine and wine producers in the heart of the county town and to encourage people to visit Maidstone, helping town centre businesses.

Those attending the event were able to taste and buy wines and spirits from a number of local producers including Chapel Down, Balfour Hush Heath Estate, Gusbourne, Biddenden Vineyards, Maidstone Distillery and many others.

John Roberts, Managing Partner at Gullands comments: “Our congratulations go to everyone involved who worked hard to make this event a huge success, helped of course by the beautiful summer weather. We are pleased to support initiatives like this which showcase the wines and spirits of local producers and also encourage people into the town centre.”

With over 50-wine growing sites across Kent and a number of new vineyard plantings the wine making sector is predicted to continue growing locally.  We work with several vineyards in Kent and Sussex and will once again be exhibiting at the Vineyard & Winery Show at Detling on 23 November, so please do visit our stand to see how we can support your business.

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