THE MAN WHO PLANTED 40 VINEYARDS ACROSS KENT OVER FOUR DECADES, STEPHEN SKELTON.......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Skelton has not lived in Kent for 17 years but feels like he never left.

The viticultural consultant – responsible for planting Chapel Down vineyard in Tenterden in 1977, among many others – has trips planned to farms in West Peckham, Staplehurst and Chilham in the days after our interview.

It is not surprising he is busy, given the growing appetite for English sparkling wine.

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