Squerryes, recognised within top 5 Champagne and Sparkling Wine brands in the world
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. And where The Bottle Store serves a brasserie-style menu created by estate chef, Alexander Baillieu. His menu features locally-sourced ingredients – including Squerryes’ own kitchen garden, which effortlessly showcase the natural flavours of the estate and wider Kent region.
The dishes are complemented by Squerryes own award-winning vintage sparkling wines, as well as an expertly selected wine list designed by resident Master of Wine, Laura Evans. She’s curated an exciting collection of red, white and fortified old and new world wines, each with their own fascinating story.
On arrival at The Bottle Store, have an apéritif on the restaurant balcony, which overlooks Squerryes’ Rosé vineyard; – before sitting down in one of the four areas of the restaurant, which reflects the unique features of the venue: Bottles, Boxes, Barrels and Windows.
Alongside tours and tastings, you could brunch or lunch al fresco at The Terrace restaurant during the warmer months. The addition of The Bottle Store means you 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. To book a table visit www.squerryes.co.uk/bottle-store-restaurant.
Situated Just outside Westerham, at the foot of the North Downs, and the gateway to the Garden of England, Squerryes has been a working English estate for over 300 years. Henry Warde created the relatively new vineyard after a Champagne house visited the estate in 2004 to try and buy some of the land after a survey revealed the soil had qualities similar to the esteemed “Cote des Blancs” region of Champagne. After politely declining their offer, Henry set about planting his own vines on the land and now produces vintage sparkling wine, both Brut, Blanc de Blancs and Rosé, produced solely from grapes grown on the estate.
Squerryes 2014 Blanc de Blancs was awarded the International Wine Challenge 2021 trophy for Best English Sparkling Wine and Best Blanc de Blancs while Squerryes 2011 Brut was given the trophy for Best English Sparkling Classic Blend. Squerryes has also won five gold medals for five consecutive vintages at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships.
Members of Squerryes
Membership to Squerryes Wine Estate includes benefits such as first access to new releases and discounts on wine, as well as exclusive invites to events including the summer garden party in June and harvest in October.