Our Estates

Ceylon tea is special; which is why tea produced in Sri Lanka is among the most sought after, fragrant and flavourful teas in the world. The secret to this is the varying elevations at which the Ceylon tea is grown, as the natural elements infuse the tea with a natural bouquet, flavour and colour. Zesta’s parent company has a total of 17 estates located across three elevations – Low Grown, Mid Grown and High Grown – from where Zesta tea is produced. Our teas are garden fresh and packed at source with each cup retaining the fresh and irresistible flavour of its origins.

Kenilworth Estate

Known for its ‘malty’ taste, the flagship Kenilworth Estate produces single origin Ceylon tea with a 100% Orthodox manufacturing process, enjoyed by tea devotees around the world. Sandwiched between two main rivers, Kelani and Mahaweli in the lush central hills of Sri Lanka, Kenilworth has a unique soil and elevation that brings out the larger tea leaf grades that produce a copper coloured, aromatic tea that is both energising and refreshing. It embodies the exquisite taste of the Dimbula region and Mid Grown range tea. Kenilworth Estate produces four different grades of tea.

Originally owned and managed by M/s Gorden Frazer & Co Ltd, the name Kenilworth can be traced back to a magnificent castle situated in Warwickshire in the UK. The tea produced here is light with an appealing caramel aftertaste, which is why the Zesta Connoisseur Collection includes teas from this single origin estate, produced only by using the highest quality of leaf “BOPF”.

Waltrim Garden

The Waltrim Estate mark has always been synonymous with high quality tea and is appreciated by tea connoisseurs throughout the world. This mark is the fact that the tea produced here has an origin steeped in tradition that maintains its aesthetic quality while evolving its commercial value over the years. The state of the art manufacturing plant located at Waltrim uses the Orthodox and Rotovarvane manufacturing processes to maintain its unique legacy and define its future path. The positioning and elevation of the factory allows for an amplified natural air flow and ventilation. Every cup of tea from the prestigious Waltrim Estate takes the drinker on a journey of its history that spans over a century, with its high grown, flavourful teas and seasonal quality teas.

The unique Dimbula soil and elevation of Waltrim estate guarantees that High Grown tea the has the true taste of Ceylon tea that is well known and loved across the world – bright, aromatic, refreshing and energising. These are trademarks of tea produced in the Dimbula region which is why it is in the Zesta Connoisseur Collection.

Shannon Estate

Located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, in the Hatton region, the Shannon Estate is one of the earliest gardens established in Ceylon. The tea produced here has a distinct flavour owing to the unique soil, elevation and the night time misty winds that enhance its unique aroma, strong flavour and rich orange hue. The estate has 11 natural springs and two natural ponds.

Established in the early part of the 20th century, Shannon is known for its high grown teas, manufactured with 100% Orthodox and Rotorvane processes. Plucked from an elevation between 4000 – 4500ft above sea level, the High Grown tea of Shannon Estate is single origin which is why it is sourced for the Zesta Connoisseur Collection.