Squerryes Wine Estate, in Kent, has been recognised as one of the top five Champagne and Sparkling Wine brands in the world, having picked up top scores at the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most influential and rigorously-judged wine competition.
Judged alongside the world’s top Champagne and sparkling wine houses, Squerryes was rated the best English wine producer, winning three out of four trophies and placing the brand in the top five globally.
The prestigious accolades come as the wine estate, situated just outside Westerham, opens the doors to a new restaurant, The Bottle Store, where visitors can enjoy a Squerryes Tasting Flight of award-winning sparkling wines, alongside a menu of seasonal dishes and stunning views across the vines.
“Our family motto, ‘Licet Esse Beatis’, meaning ‘it is permitted to be joyful’, is at the heart of all we do and these recent awards are not only testament to that but also to the quality of our terroir and winemaking abilities here at Squerryes,” comments Squerryes’ owner, Henry Warde. “The Bottle Store restaurant is the only place you can sample all of our award-winning wines together – and what better place to do so, than on the estate where they are made?”
Set right at the heart of the 300-year-old, 2,500 acre Squerryes estate, in the original winery, The Bottle Store serves a brasserie-style menu created by estate chef, Alexander Baillieu, featuring locally-sourced ingredients – including from Squerryes’ own kitchen garden – that showcase the natural flavours of the estate and wider Kent region. The dishes are created to complement Squerryes own vintage sparkling wines, as well as an expertly-selected wine list designed by resident Master of Wine, Laura Evans, who has curated an exciting collection of red, white and fortified old and new world wines, each with their own fascinating story.
Diners can enjoy an aperitif on the restaurant balcony, overlooking Squerryes’ Rosé vineyard, before sitting down in one of the four areas of the restaurant that reflect the unique features of the venue; Bottles, Boxes, Barrels and Windows.
Alongside tours and tastings, visitors can brunch or lunch al fresco at The Terrace restaurant during the spring/summer months. The addition of The Bottle Store means visitors can also enjoy the winery and its surroundings in the evenings and all year round.
The Bottle Store restaurant is open for dinner from 6:30pm between April and September and for lunch and dinner between October and March.
There is plenty of parking available on site, while Oxted and Sevenoaks railway stations are within 10 minutes’ drive, providing easy access to and from London.