Bolney Estate are one of the pioneers of the English wine industry.
Bolney’s story began in 1972 when owners and founders, Janet and Rodney Pratt planted three acres of vines to create what was then only the sixth commercial vineyard in England. Sam Linter, Rodney and Janet’s daughter, took over the reins in the mid-1990s. Under Sam’s leadership, Winemakers Michael Hayward & Tom Sutton combine their knowledge and expertise to create award-winning wine. All are graduates of the esteemed Plumpton College in East Sussex, England.
The Estate specialises in producing premium red, white, rose and sparkling English wines that have won numerous awards, and gained lots of fans, all over the world.
In 2012, Bolney Wine Estate won UK Wine Producer of the Year in the International Wine and Spirit Competition. Since, they have been presented the accolade of Winery of the Year 2017 at the UK Wine Awards.
The estate has continued to invest in specialist machinery including, a 60 hectolitre press, a new disgorging line and 8 new wine tanks delivered in advance of the 2017 harvest and they continue to grow. In 2018 they started construction of a new winery at Bolney, which will allow them to triple their production with a capacity to produce 500,000 bottles of wine. This project will allow the business to continue with their exciting growth plans.
The Estate is located on the edge of the South Downs, about 14 miles from the UK’s south coast, and comprises of five unique vineyard sites. Bolney’s vineyard team work hard throughout the year caring for the vines.
An excellent example of a cool climate Pinot Noir. This well balanced red is vibrant and bright, with soft tannins and ripe strawberries, plums and red cherry on the palate. Leather and earthy notes complement toasted almonds, black cherry and dark fruits, with a long, smooth finish.
Perfectly complements grilled asparagus, pork, duck and rabbit as well as game birds. The light elegance of this wine does not over power, so a good fit with lighter, less richly flavoured foods, especially Brie!