Teaming up with Simpsons

Published by Talya Roberson on 25/02/2019

Roberson Wine and Simpsons Wine Estate join forces

Simpsons Wine Estate and Roberson Wine are delighted to be working together as the Kent based winery launches four new English still wines in 2019.

Following a bumper English wine harvest in 2018 that delivered extremely high quality fruit, Charles and Ruth Simpson will be introducing four prestige still wines to the UK market this year, which will be distributed via the team at Robersons.

With a strong emphasis on provenance and a sense of place, the four wines are all named after interesting local roads that surround the vineyards and winery in Barham, including:

  • Gravel Castle Chardonnay 2018 – the ‘early release’, baby brother of Simpsons Wine Estate’s Roman Road Chardonnay.
  • Derringstone Pinot Meunier 2018 – the team believes this may be the UK’s first Blanc de Noirs still Pinot Meunier - sealed under the Vinolok glass closure.
  • Railway Hill Rosé 2018 – a delicate Provencal-style rosé, created from 100% Pinot Noir, beautifully packaged and sealed under Vinolok.
  • Rabbit Hole Pinot Noir 2018 – created from low yielding still wine clones 115 and 375, the team are most surprised and delighted with the quality of this still Pinot Noir.

These four new wines will be joined later in the year by the Roman Road Chardonnay 2018, which will now age for 12 months prior to release. This will be the third vintage of their highly acclaimed Chardonnay, which has been produced in very limited quantities over the past two years.

Simpsons English Wine Estate

We had been looking for an English wine partner for some time, and Simpsons Wine Estate fits the bill perfectly. Their still Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are produced from Burgundian clones grown in chalky soils close to Canterbury and sit superbly alongside our award-winning portfolio of great wines from France and California. We are looking forward to introducing them to our customers this spring.

Ruth Simpson, co-owner of Simpsons Wine Estate says, “2018 was an incredible year for us at Simpsons Wine Estate and we’re thrilled to be working with the team at Roberson Wine to launch our new premium still wines. We are both quality-driven, family businesses that are passionate about English wine, so we share many commonalities. Robersons have a fantastic list of prestige customers in the wine world and we look forward to introducing our exciting new wines to their exclusive client base.”

About Simpsons Wine Estate

Charles & Ruth Simpson have been making award-winning wines at Domaine Sainte Rose, their stunning, southern French property, for the past 17 years. Combining Old World terroir with New World techniques in the vineyard, as well as in the winery, they now produce an eclectic range of award-winning wines that have won international acclaim and are sold around the world.

In 2014, they bought their expertise and savoir-faire back to the UK establishing Simpsons Wine Estate in Barham, Kent, with an aspiration to create the finest quality Method Traditional English sparkling wine. Simpsons Wine Estate now has 30 hectares of vineyard, planted with the grape varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The vineyards occupy glorious positions on the sunny, sheltered slopes of the North Downs, protected from the whimsy of the English climate by ancient woodlands and anchored in the iconic, free-draining, chalky soils, so revered in the world of sparkling wine.

In 2016 a state-of-the-art winery was created in Barham in preparation for their first harvest and a modern tasting room was completed during 2017, complete with a helter skelter slide.


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