- Sector: Food & Drink
- Region: South East
- Revenue: £6m to £10m
- Website: www.chapeldown.com
Chapel Down blazed a trail in England’s wine-making and craft beer market when, in 2014, it raised a record £3.95m in ten days through crowdfunding. CEO Frazer Thompson says Chapel Down offers a world-class range of sparkling and still wines, alongside an award-winning range of Curious beers and ciders.
“We are pushing the boundaries of sparkling and still wine production in England”
The winery in Tenterden, Kent, is open to the public and sees 50,000 visitors a year pass through its vineyard, shop and cafe.
Frazer says he passionately believes, “there is no point in just trying to be the best,” explaining, “we also want to be different, so we are pushing the boundaries of wine production in England. In the past year, we have launched England’s first skin contact white wine and broken a world record for the largest and fastest crowdfund.
The latter created 1,470 new shareholders, who are now brand advocates. “Our wines are served in some of the world’s best restaurants and we sit alongside Grand Marques of Champagne at premium prices in major supermarkets,” says Frazer.