Sip and celebrate the splendour of Kent wine at Westgate Hall’s two-day tasting event. 

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May 2024

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Immerse yourself in the world of Kent’s award-winning wines – meet our renowned vineyards, from all corners of our county, taste over 45 wines and take your favourites home, for an unforgettable wine-tasting experience. 

Talk one-to-one with the producers making Kent one of the most dynamic and thrilling wine regions in the UK, including Simpsons Wine Estate, Barnsole, Biddenden, Brabourne, Chartham, Heppington, Nine Oaks, Terlingham, Brenley Wine, Wayfarer Wines, Woodchurch Wine, and Wine Garden of England and more. English wine specialist Corkk will also present a selection of local homegrown wines.

For aspiring wine aficionados, expand your knowledge with a 45-minute wine-tasting Masterclass with wine expert Clive Barlow Master of Wine.

The Festival is your passport to discovering the diversity and splendour of Kent wines, a unique experience under one roof where you can sample the best of Kent’s wide-ranging viticulture.

Choose from three sessions, including our new wine lovers’ session.

NEW ‘Kent’s Finest’ Wine Lovers’ session
Friday 17th May 2024, 2:30 – 5:30pm

Be the first to enjoy the festival experience. During this intimate session, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the vineyards more extensively, spending more time with each producer. Master of Wine Clive Barlow will give an exclusive ‘Kent’s Finest’ Masterclass, featuring a specially curated selection of Kent’s distinguished award-winning wines, only available for tasting during this session. 

Tickets: £80pp 

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Saturday 18th May 2024
12 – 3pm / 4 – 7pm

Discover the diversity and splendour of Kent wines, all in one place in Canterbury’s city centre at Westgate Hall. Sip, sample and buy the best in English wine.

Choose from one of two three-hour sessions: session 1: 12 – 3pm or session 2: 4 – 7pm

Expand your knowledge by adding a 45-minute festival wine-tasting Masterclass with wine expert Clive Barlow MW to your experience (RRP £20pp). 

Tickets: £45pp 
Festival and Masterclass ticket: £65pp 

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Thank you to our sponsors: Headline Sponsor Burgess Hodgson Accountants, Key Partner Girlings Solicitors, and Supporters Corkk English Wine Specialist and Canterbury BID.

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*This is an 18+ event. Please taste responsibly. Spittoons will be available throughout the event.

Getting here

Our address is Westgate Hall, Westgate Hall Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BT. Westgate Hall is close to all major road and bus routes to Canterbury city centre, and adjacent to the 190 space Pound Lane car park (charges apply – the car park is owned and managed by Canterbury City Council, postcode CT1 2BZ – please drink responsibly).

Why wine?

“Wine brings people together, it’s a social lubricant” says Clive. In a time when coming together and spending quality time with each other is becoming ever more paramount and needed, the Canterbury Wine Festival is a chance to switch off from the everyday and indulge a little in the finer things in life and leisure time.

Why Canterbury?

Kent is the best county producing wine in England. Canterbury is the heart of Kent, and therefore of the wine region. There’s nowhere better to tantalise those taste buds and to try new flavours.

The inaugural Canterbury Wine Festival 2019

In June 2019 we held the inaugural Canterbury Wine Festival™, where over 300 people gathered under our historic roof to taste, discover and talk about Kent’s award-winning wines from 14 vineyards across our beautiful county.

Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Come join us

 

Westgate Hall Community Trust is delighted to be supported by a number of local businesses to create a wider wine community.

Clive Barlow is one of only 418 Masters of Wine in the world, an international wine judge and educator and has a long connection with the English wine industry. He has experience in both the Kent wine industry and the wider wine community, as well as running significant wine events. Clive has worked as a consultant for a number of companies such as Waitrose, Sotheby’s, Whitbread and the Institute of Masters of Wine, among others. Clive’s Press Wine Services is Canterbury’s longest-running independent wine merchant, based at the award-winning Goods Shed.

Headline Sponsor: Burgess Hodgson

““We are delighted to be the headline sponsor for the Canterbury Wine Festival in the heart of the South East wine region.”

Amanda Selmon, Head of Marketing and Communications

Key Partner: Girlings Solicitors

“The profile of English wine continues to impress, rivalling established and prominent vineyards across the world. We look forward to toasting Kentish wine and to celebrating this regional success story by showing our ongoing support of the Canterbury Wine Festival.”

Lesley Rushton, Managing Partner, Girlings Solicitors

Supporters: Canterbury BID and Corkk English Wine Specialist

The Canterbury Wine Festival™ is a Westgate Community Trust (Canterbury) Ltd project. Images: Carlos Dominguez | Visit Canterbury | Simpsons Wine Estate @ Thomas Alexander | Heppington Vineyard | Biddenden Vineyards

 

Introducing Master of Wine Clive Barlow

Clive started his wine career quite by accident, when he spent a summer working on a pheasant farm as a young man. An interest in the land and sustainability, man's relationship with it and the cultural link forged from it inspired Clive, and now as owner of Press Wines at the Good Shed Canterbury, he shares the wonders of this beautiful, sensual product that people enjoy together, and his passion for it, daily. Wine is an integral part of socialising, food and bringing people together, and that’s what this festival is all about.

“Where it takes the individual. Whilst the taste of the wine will fade, the knowledge you’ll learn and the memories you’ll make at the festival will last, making all your future wine tasting that bit more enjoyable.”