At Simpsons, we believe that the finest wines convey a rich sense of provenance and integrity, firmly rooted in the characteristics and exquisite nuances of their terroir. This is why we settled for nothing less than the finest parcels of land in southern England to plant our vines for Simpsons first English sparkling wine.
The Simpsons’ vineyards occupy glorious positions on the sunny, sheltered slopes of the North Downs of Kent, protected from the whimsy of the English climate by ancient woodland and anchored in the iconic chalky soils so highly revered in the world of sparkling wine.
On our French wine estate, the award-winning Domaine Sainte Rose in the Languedoc region, we have always pursued the cleaner, truer flavours of the grape, and we are now bringing this savoir-faire to our English vineyards. With rootstock meticulously matched to our soil and a new world-class winery just minutes from the vines, we are proud to say that you will only find Simpsons grapes in Simpsons wines – none bought in, no method outsourced.
Each vine has been planted by us and nurtured by us, and each bunch of grapes will, when the moment is quite right, be picked and pressed by us – allowing us at every step to deliver the fullest expression of our Kentish terroir. Once bottled, the wine gently ferments for a second time according to the méthode traditionnelle and then matures without haste, gaining elegance over the course of years spent resting on its lees.
By personally delivering the lightest of touches at each step of the winemaking process, we believe we are creating wines of great provenance and presence, so that when the first glasses of Simpsons English sparkling wine are poured, each sip leads you back to the North Downs…