Our Story

The Boscawens have been farming the fields around Mereworth – or Marourde, to give it its historic name – for over 250 years.

Over the centuries, their hops and apples have gone into many of England's finest beers and ciders. More recently, they’ve turned to growing grapes in Kent’s remarkable soil. Booze, you could say, is in the blood.

It seems somehow inevitable that one of them – William – would re-trace this passion for fermentation back to its earliest origins; the fermentation of honey and water. From this love affair, MAROURDE was born.

MAROURDE is brewed in-house at Brewers Hall Oast, taking inspiration from local botanicals and honey from the 70 hives on the Estate.

William Boscawen

William Boscawen

Founder & Director

Knowing that he would one day return to living in the countryside, William has spent many years working in London and Asia. In this time, he has worked in marketing and finance, and with a short foray into architecture. It was whilst working in Hong Kong, juggling an MBA in his spare time that his love for wine (all of them) truly started to flourish.

In 2015, the chance came for William to return to Kent to take on some family farming interests. He leapt at it. Within a year, he had planted his first vineyard and become vineyard manager. First he built a winery in a garage, and a year later, a bigger winery at Brewers Hall food centre down the road. He produced his first commercial vintage of English Sparkling Wine in 2018. All the while he set himself a bigger challenge of re-inventing the world’s oldest drink; Mead. MAROURDE, in its first year, won Kent’s Food Product and Kent Specialist Drink of the Year in 2018.

Scott Gebbie

Wine-maker & Head of Production

Born and raised in Kent, Scott left the area to study a Bachelors degree in Food Science and Nutrition in Leeds before entering the wine industry. Beginning by volunteering for an organic vineyard in Portugal, Scott cultivated an interest in the wine industry which lead him to New Zealand. Here he was introduced to industrial wine production and an exciting community of travelling winemakers. Scott went on to work in numerous wineries and vineyards within the wine regions of Tuscany, California, Oregon, Ontario, Marlborough, Canberra, South and Western Australia, Tasmania, Languedoc and Kent.

Once progressing through the cellars and onto winemaking teams, it was time to hit the books again. Scott studied a two year Masters of Science in Viticulture and Oenology at Montpellier SupAgro in France, and Geisenheim Hochschule in Germany. Finally, Scott’s passion for method traditional sparkling wine lead him to Champagne where he interned with the Comité Champagne’s vineyard research team before joining Mereworth Wines in time for our first commercial harvest in 2018.

Scott Gebbie - Marourde Mead
Chloe Prescott - Marourde Mead

Chloe Prescott

Operations Manager

Before joining the Marourde team, Chloe spent 15 years in finance. She is highly qualified in both lending and investments having spent much of her career as Private Banker, where she helped high net worth clients meet their objectives.

After leaving banking to spend more time with her family, Chloe joined the Mereworth Wines and Marourde team as Operations Manager. She is based locally and thrives working in the Kent countryside she loves. Chloe confidently takes control of the day to day business requirements at Marourde and will often be the cheery voice which greets you when you make a call to Marourde HQ.

Adam Thomas

Sales Manager

From a tender age, it was clear that Adam had salesmanship in his blood. With the world of sales at his fingertips, he chose to immerse himself in the drinks industry. Following on from a successful stint working with Emporia Brands, an award-winning spirits importer and exporter, he went on to be heavily involved in the rise of a well-known gin company.

Word of Adam’s accomplishments had reached us and we welcomed Adam to the team in October 2019 at a crucial time, just as we were perfecting our refined product offerings. You can usually find Adam pub-hopping around the great establishments of Kent and the South East, offering very willing publicans a taster of our ‘Spritz’.

Adam Thomas - Marourde Mead
Michelle Fairless - Marourde Mead

Michelle Fairless

Marketing & PR Manager

Having studied English Literature and Latin at Newcastle University, Michelle has always had an affinity with words. Add to this the fact that she has spent over 10 years working in the pub and restaurant trade around Kent, most recently managing The Mark Cross Inn near Tunbridge Wells. This has instilled in her a great sense of how locally produced, fantastic tasting food and drink fits into such establishments.

Michelle joined us in January 2020 and is enjoying combining her passions for words and fine pub drinks to let everyone know about the great products Marourde have to offer, and all other exciting goings-on from Marourde HQ.

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