Grande Marque Champaign house Taittinger has planted its first grape vines in Kent, with joint venture partner Hatch Mansfield.
The company is creating a 40 acre vineyard, to be named Domaine Evremond, at Chilham on land acquired from Gaskains. The vines of will be planted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier will be planted over the next three years and the first sparkling wine could be produced by 2023.
Company president Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger said, “Our family has always had a great affection for the UK and for Kent – my father Jean Taittinger twinned Canterbury with Reims when he was mayor of the latter in the 1950s. We have been very impressed by the quality of English sparkling wine being produced, and we believe the combination of chalk soils, climate and topography of our site in Kent are ideal for producing quality sparkling wine. These attributes are perfect for grape growing, and are very similar to the terroir in Champagne, for us it was a natural step to do this.”
Photo Caption: Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger (left) and Patrick McGrath of Hatch Mansfield planting the first vines
Photo Credit: Hatch Mansfield