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Brewers Hall c. 1980

Mereworth, a settlement listed in the Domesday Book, is found in the heart of Kent. Dating back 500 years, Mereworth boasts a long association with fruit and hop growing, with some of the first hops in the country planted here. Brewer’s Hall used to be a working farm and our Oast itself would have been filled with pickers bringing in hops from the fields to be dried, cooled and pressed, whilst apples were collected from the neighbouring orchards. It is reported that George Orwell was even amongst the hundreds of pickers to have graced our oast, in its former days of preparing the ingredients for many of England’s finest drinks. With the scaling down of hop-growing in recent years, Kent has now made a name for itself with its suitability for viticulture – it seems the future is in grapes!

George Orwell

Hop Pockets 1935

It is within this very oast, underneath the prominent spire of Mereworth Church, that we look to continue this legacy. William set to work renovating and breathing new life into Brewers Hall Oast in 2017, converting this significant space into our winery. Just a stones throw from our vineyard, it is here that all the viticultural care and attention pays off as we transform our grapes into traditional method English Sparkling Wine.