Gusbourne Vineyard is looking to construct a new wine tasting building near Tenterden
A winery is about to build a new tasting building to boost business.
Striking images show Gusbourne Vineyard’s plans for a permanent two-storey structure on its estate at Appledore, near Tenterden.
A planning application for “The Nest Building” shows a wood-clad structure next to the cellar itself.
It would provide additional tasting rooms as well as improved kitchen and storage areas, which the design brief says are needed to “enhance the visitor experience”.
“Operationally, it’s important to be close to the existing building, while equally important that the visual connects to the vines themselves in the building,” he adds.
The structure is intended to replace a semi-permanent gazebo that currently sits in the space, with a path leading directly from the existing parking lot to its entrance.
This is the latest decision taken by the company to develop its growing business almost 20 years after the planting of the first vine.
Started in 2004, the vineyard itself now covers around sixty hectares; the equivalent of more than 112 football pitches.
It’s part of what makes the South East the most dominant region in the country for wine production, alongside other famous wineries like Hush Heath.
The statement continues: “The new building is located close to the existing large cellar building.
“This, combined with the mature hedge and the line of trees directly to the north, ensures that the overall visual impact of the new building is significantly reduced.
“The gently sloping south aspect directly in front of the new building will be redeveloped to form new outdoor seating areas with new tree planning.”