Royal Visitor Opens New Bolney Winery
17th November 2019 Paul Andrews
Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall was at Bolney Wine Estate to officially open the vineyard’s new state-of-the-art winery.
During her visit to Bolney Wine Estate, The Duchess of Cornwall met Sam Linter, Managing Director and Head Winemaker of Bolney Wine Estate, who took HRH on a tour of the new winery and 104-acre vineyard.
Following her tour of the new winery, HRH visited the Bolney Wine Estate Eighteen Acre Café, where she was able to sample a selection of the award-winning still and sparkling wines produced at Bolney Wine Estate.
The new state-of-the-art winery will allow Bolney Wine Estate to increase its production of premium still and sparkling wines by 170% within the next three-years. Built in time for the 2019 harvest, the new winery is one part of an ambitious expansion plan led by Managing Director Sam Linter, which will help the Sussex-based Estate to meet their target of producing more than 300,000 bottles of premium still and sparkling wines by 2022.
Sam says the opening of the new winery has been strategically timed with the autumn harvest and also closely follows the Estate’s merger with neighbouring vineyard, Pookchurch earlier this year.
“We are honoured that Her Royal Highness was able to join us to mark this occasion and officially open the new winery. The new winery, which was partly financed by a grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, represents a significant investment for us, and a crucial part of our drive to produce the best premium still and sparkling wines in the UK.”
The new state-of-the-art winery harnesses new technologies and equipment to effectively increase its production of still and sparkling wines, the new winery has been equipped with an additional new wine press to improve the effectiveness and speed at which it processes its grapes.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is President of Wine GB and has always demonstrated her knowledge and genuine interest in English wines. HRH grew up locally in Plumpton, East Sussex, located only 12 miles from Bolney Wine Estate.
Bolney Wine Estate is a third-generation family business founded in 1972 and one of the longest established English vineyards, Bolney Wine Estate began the English wine revolution – and is still shaping the industry today.
Bolney Wine Estate make some of the finest English wines in the world: red, white and rosé, still and sparkling, all grown and hand-crafted at their Sussex vineyard. The Estate is led by Managing Director and Head Winemaker, Sam Linter who is also supported by an industry leading team of wine experts who handcraft their wines with love, passion, pride and attention to detail.
Bolney Wine Estate has been guided by nature since the first vines were planted in 1972. They have roots firmly planted in the local community and continue to forge and shape the burgeoning English Wine industry with grapes grown and hand-crafted into award-winning varietal wines at their 104-acre vineyard.
Guests can visit Bolney Wine Estate for a great day out, stroll through acres of vines and marvel at the many different varieties of grapes that go into the fantastic Bolney range. The setting is glorious, with views to the South Downs and an abundance of wildlife all around. With various tours, a vineyard trail, café restaurant, wine bar and Cellar Door shop there’s much to see and do; as well as a range of award-winning wines to taste.