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Our Story

The Boscawens have been farming the fields around Mereworth for over 250 years.
Over the centuries, their hops and apples have gone into many of England's finest beers and cider. More recently, they've turned to growing grapes in Kent's remarkable soil. Booze, you could say, is in the blood.
William Boscawen planted his vineyards in Wateringbury in 2016 with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Blessed with the ideal location, topography and climate, and well drained, rocky soil, Mereworth Wines had the perfect drawing board to create exceptional English Sparkling Wine from this corner in the Garden Of England. Combined with the blood, sweat and tears, and fastidious vineyard management of Will and winemaker Scott, Mereworth Wines has now released its first vintage, 2018 'White From Black'.
First and foremost, we are winemakers, but it takes great patience to make award-winning English Sparkling Wine. In the meantime, while we are waiting for our future vintages to mature, Will has re-traced his passion for fermentation and wine-making back to its earliest origins; the fermentation of honey and water. From this love affair, MAROURDE was born. Marourde is brewed in-house at Brewers Hall Oast, using wine-making techniques and taking inspiration from local botanicals.
William Boscawen

William Boscawen

Founder & Director

Knowing that he would one day return to living in the countryside, William has spent many years working in London and Asia. In this time, he has worked in marketing and finance, and with a short foray into architecture. It was whilst working in Hong Kong, juggling an MBA in his spare time that his love for wine (all of them) truly started to flourish.

In 2015, the chance came for William to return to Kent to take on some family farming interests. He leapt at it. Within a year, he had planted his first vineyard and become vineyard manager. First he built a winery in a garage, and a year later, a bigger winery at Brewers Hall food centre down the road. He produced his first commercial vintage of English Sparkling Wine in 2018. All the while he set himself a bigger challenge of re-inventing the world’s oldest drink; Mead. MAROURDE, in its first year, won Kent’s Food Product and Kent Specialist Drink of the Year in 2018.

Scott Gebbie

Wine-maker & Head of Production

Born and raised in Kent, Scott left the area to study a Bachelors degree in Food Science and Nutrition in Leeds before entering the wine industry. Beginning by volunteering for an organic vineyard in Portugal, Scott cultivated an interest in the wine industry which lead him to New Zealand. Here he was introduced to industrial wine production and an exciting community of travelling winemakers. Scott went on to work in numerous wineries and vineyards within the wine regions of Tuscany, California, Oregon, Ontario, Marlborough, Canberra, South and Western Australia, Tasmania, Languedoc and Kent.

Once progressing through the cellars and onto winemaking teams, it was time to hit the books again. Scott studied a two year Masters of Science in Viticulture and Oenology at Montpellier SupAgro in France, and Geisenheim Hochschule in Germany. Finally, Scott’s passion for method traditional sparkling wine lead him to Champagne where he interned with the Comité Champagne’s vineyard research team before joining Mereworth Wines in time for our first commercial harvest in 2018.

Scott Gebbie - Marourde Mead
Chloe Prescott - Marourde Mead

Chloe Prescott

Operations Manager

Before joining the Marourde team, Chloe spent 15 years in finance. She is highly qualified in both lending and investments having spent much of her career as Private Banker, where she helped high net worth clients meet their objectives.

After leaving banking to spend more time with her family, Chloe joined the Mereworth Wines and Marourde team as Operations Manager. She is based locally and thrives working in the Kent countryside she loves. Chloe confidently takes control of the day to day business requirements at Marourde and will often be the cheery voice which greets you when you make a call to Marourde HQ.

Michelle Fairless

Marketing & PR Manager

Having studied English Literature and Latin at Newcastle University, Michelle has always had an affinity with words. Add to this the fact that she has spent over 10 years working in the pub and restaurant trade around Kent, most recently managing The Mark Cross Inn near Tunbridge Wells. This has instilled in her a great sense of how locally produced, fantastic tasting food and drink fits into such establishments.

Michelle joined us in January 2020 and is enjoying combining her passions for words and fine pub drinks to let everyone know about the great products Marourde have to offer, and all other exciting goings-on from Marourde HQ.

Michelle Fairless - Marourde Mead

Our Drinks

Full Vineyard and Winery Tour & Tasting - Exclusive Private Group Ticket

Full Vineyard and Winery Tour & Tasting - Exclusive Private Group Ticket

A fully guided tour and tasting of Mereworth Wines' vineyard and winery with founder William Boscawen, or winemaker Scott Gebbie.

This is a unique opportunity for a complete tour of the award winning Mereworth Wine's vineyard and winery, private and exclusive to your group of 6. The south facing slopes of the Kent Downs, and the Greensand Ridge in particular, benefit from perfect growing conditions, as well as providing one of the most awe-inspiring views in Kent. From this vantage point, we will take your group to visit the vines where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes are grown. You'll learn about the qualities of each of these grapes, and the dedicated work that goes into managing the vines from flowering in the Spring through to harvest in early Autumn. 

Your group will then make your own way a short distance down the road to Mereworth Wines' winery. See for yourselves where the grapes are crushed, pressed, fermented and aged, as we talk you through the Great British Classic Method used to transform the grapes from the vineyard into exceptional English Sparkling Wine. You will take part in a fully tutored tasting of Mereworth Wines' sparkling wine, with a £10 voucher per person towards a purchase in our winery shop so you can continue the tasting when you get back home. 

 

This experience is approximately 2 hours.

Tours will be private and exclusive to your group of 6, and will be dependent on current Covid-19 regulations. Please contact Mereworth Wines directly to arrange a date and time for your tour.

Please ensure those in your group adhere to all current COVID-19 legislation.

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Full Vineyard and Winery Tour & Tasting - Individual Tickets

Full Vineyard and Winery Tour & Tasting - Individual Tickets

A fully guided tour and tasting of Mereworth Wines' vineyard and winery with founder William Boscawen, or winemaker Scott Gebbie.

This is a unique opportunity for a complete tour of the award winning Mereworth Wine's vineyard and winery. The south facing slopes of the Kent Downs, and the Greensand Ridge in particular, benefit from perfect growing conditions, as well as providing one of the most awe-inspiring views in Kent. From this vantage point, we will take your group to visit the vines where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes are grown. You'll learn about the qualities of each of these grapes, and the dedicated work that goes into managing the vines from flowering in the Spring through to harvest in early Autumn.

Your group will then make your own way a short distance down the road to Mereworth Wines' winery. See for yourselves where the grapes are crushed, pressed, fermented and aged, as we talk you through the Great British Classic Method used to transform the grapes from the vineyard into exceptional English Sparkling Wine. You will take part in a fully tutored tasting of Mereworth Wines' sparkling wine, with a £10 voucher per person towards a purchase in our winery shop so you can continue the tasting when you get back home. 

This experience is approximately 2 hours.

Tours will comprise of up to 6 people in total, and will be dependent on current Covid-19 regulations. Please contact Mereworth Wines directly to arrange a date and time for your tour.

Please ensure those in your group adhere to all current COVID-19 legislation.>

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