Taittinger Champagne's British winery, Yves Jomu, has recently received planning permission for a winery and visitor center, bringing it one step closer to commercial operation.
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The winery will be built near the village of Chilham in Kent, within the scenic North Downs area, and is a joint venture between Taittinger Champagne and its British importer, Hatch Mansfield.
Yves Jomu Winery has received planning permission to construct a two-story, 1,390-square-meter winery building and visitor center. Visitors will be able to book tours of the facilities, and the visitor center will be located on the top floor with views of the vineyards.
According to planning documents published by Ashford Borough Council, two-thirds of the building will be located underground.
These plans include dedicated wine storage areas and different wine making processes, as well as bottling, labeling and packaging equipment. There will also be 32 parking spaces.
Once completed, the winery will have an annual production capacity of 400,000 bottles. The team estimates that the entire build-out process will take 16 months.
In May 2017, the first grapes (20 hectares of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier) were planted at Yves Jomu. Last year, the winery planted an additional 8.5 hectares of vines, 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, bringing the total vineyard area to 28.5 hectares.
Taittinger Champagne acquired this land in the autumn of 2015 for Chateau Yves Jolieu. It was the first Champagne house to plant vines in the UK, closely followed by Bury Champagne.