Balfour Winery

Tonbridge and Malling

Type:Vineyard

Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 0HT

Tel: 01622 832794

Balfour Winery

About

Hush Heath Estate, the home of Balfour Winery, is a 400-acre family-owned estate in the heart of the ‘Garden of England’, Kent, with vast ancient woodlands, vineyards, apple orchards and wildflower meadows. With family values at its core, Balfour Winery combines conservation with an unrivalled spirit of hospitality and generosity. 

We are famous for producing Balfour Brut Rosé, one of the most iconic and exclusive English sparkling wines, using traditional Champagne methods and grape varieties. Our vineyards were established in 2002 and are predominantly planted with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, although more recently, plantings of Bacchus and Pinot Blanc have been added.  All our grapes are handpicked and blended in our state-of-the-art Winery. In 2018, we underwent a large expansion, with a new contemporary style Cellar Door building, housing our Visitor Centre, which offers Vineyard/Winery tours and tastings, with space for corporate and private events. 

Balfour wines are nationally and internationally award-winning and include our sparkling and still wines. Balfour Winery has a distinct ‘house style’, producing wines of elegance and purity, showcasing a soft mousse with a fruit-forward approach and a refreshing, lively acidity. Fruit from the Estate’s apple orchards is used to make the ‘Jake’s Kentish Cider’ range and our two truly unique sparkling apple wines, which reflects a constant drive for innovation. An exciting tourist attraction, Balfour Winery has a friendly and passionate team who enjoy welcoming guests and sharing their extensive knowledge of viticulture, winemaking and tutored tastings.  

Tour Options
A variety of tour options are available including:

Winter Wine Experience - Monday-Friday 11:30am £45pp, Saturday 11:30am and 2pm, and Sunday 11:30am £65pp (November - March).

Indulge in the secrets of the Hush Heath Estate history whilst one of our knowledgeable tour guides bring to life fascinating stories from our past. Followed by a tutored tasting of six Balfour wines. 

Balfour Art & Wine Evening - 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm £65pp (November - March).

Join one of our knowledgeable Balfour Tour Guides who will guide you around our Cellar Door where you will learn the story behind our most significant pieces of artwork and sculpture, whilst enjoying a glass of Balfour sparkling wine. This is then followed by a tutored tasting of 3 Balfour wines and a Warm Winter Platter of cheeses, including baked camembert.

Self-Guided Tour - Available all year round, free to enjoy, and no booking required.
Pick up a map from our Cellar Door and explore our picturesque estate at your own pace. With two specifically designed routes to choose from, enjoy a moment of tranquillity and stillness.
 

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Facilities

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Our platters are available to purchase on-site

COVID-19 Response

  • 1m distancing in place
  • Capacity limit
  • Contactless payment only
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • One way system
  • Open now
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas

Establishment Features

  • Event Venue - Private hire is available for corporations and individuals hosting between 25 and 200 guests. Requests are considered independently.
  • Toilets - Including a disabled toilet

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free) - Parking is available next to the winery and train services from Marden and Staplehurst run regularly.

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1.5 - 3 hours
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 50
  • Min group size - 10
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Drive time from central London approx. 2 hoursMarden station to Hush Heath Winery, 5 mins by car

Public Transport Directions

Train time from London Charing Cross to Marden approx. 55 mins Transfer from Marden or Staplehurst station is approx. 5 minutes

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2021
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Bronze Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Bronze 2018

Opening Times

2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

* Open daily 11am-5pm including Bank Holidays

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