Chapel Down Vineyard

Wine. As a county we drink a lot of it. The UK is the joint 4th biggest consumer of the stuff. And would you believe, the UK has produced an average of 2.58 million bottles a year over the past 5 years.

This summer I contacted The  Chapel Down  Winery in Tenterden Kent, to see if they would let me explore what they do, how they do it and what it takes to turn a grape into a bottle of wine. They said yes and here are some photos of my two recent visits, the beginning of a year long project to capture the entire process.

Best enjoyed with a large glass of Pinot Noir…

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Young vines at the Kit’s Coty vineyard.
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Established vines at the Kit’s Coty vineyard.
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Grapes nearly ready for picking at the Kit’s Coty vineyard.
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Vines being sprayed at the Kit’s Coty vineyard.
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One of the Tenterden vineyard in the late afternoon sun.
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White grapes at the Tenterden vineyard
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Huge tanks sit in the yard waiting for the new crop of grape juice.
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Freshly picked grapes arrive ready for pressing
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Grapes being weighed before pressing
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Grapes being loaded in the press
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Pressed juice flowing into the tank under the press
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One of the wine makers almost compleatly disappears into the tank to check everything is ready
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A massive hose feeds crushed red grapes into a massive tank ready for fermentation.
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Grapes being loaded into the crusher.
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Bottles waiting to go on the riddling machines.
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Mechanical creates in the riddling room turn the sparkling wine regularly.
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Josh, viticulturalist at the Tenterden production facility

If you want to see more images from my visits to Chapel Down please visit my flickr

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