Winemaker Chapel Down marked the launch of its wines in France with an event on the opening night of Paris Fashion Week.

The Tenterden-based producer, which also makes Curious Brew lagers, hosted the gathering with British haute-couture fashion brand Ralph and Russo.

Hip hop star Nelly provided entertainment for the party at the Place Vendôme on Monday.

The company, which also has vineyards near Blue Bell Hill and in the Weald, announced a partnership with luxury wine distributor Perles Du Monde to sell its products across the English Channel.

It will be distributed across France by the firm, which is led by former Champagne Bollinger general manager Philippe Gauthier.

Mr Gauthier said: “We are delighted to set up our partnership of English sparkling wines with Chapel Down.

“The French market, particularly at the premium end, is open and excited to discover new quality sparkling wines from wonderful origins other than France.”