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Kentish Vineyards

The best place to grow grapes is the region of the Weald and Downland where some outcrops of chalk produce land very similar to that of the Champagne in France. A number of new vineyards producing quality sparkling wine have been planted in recent years. The main wine produced is white, although several vineyards produce limited quantities of red, using Triomph, Pinot Noir and Zweigeltrebe. Competition from cheap French imports has resulted in a number of closures in recent years A number of large scale contract wineries such as Chapel Down bring in grapes from other areas of the UK for processing. Chapel Down and Lamberhurst are now part of the largest producing group in the UK, suplying supermarkets as well as having retail and mail-order facilities. <

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