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Bolney Wine Estates to double production with £2m investment

Published:  10 October, 2016

West Sussex vineyard Bolney Wine Estates is set to announce a £2m investment this week, the Guardian has reported.

The funds will enable the vineyard to build a new winery and to double its production to 300,000 bottles by the end of the decade, which will make it one of the ten largest vineyards in England. Last year, Bolney produced 120,000 bottles wine, with that number expected to hit 160,000 in 2016.

Bolney also plans to expand its market internationally. It is launching in the US this week, and is also intending to market its products more extensively across Scandinavia and Asia.

Bolney's award-winning Pinot Gris became the first English wine to be served at Wimbledon in 2015, and was also the first English wine to be served to British Airways first-class passengers on its transatlantic flights.

Other wines in the range include a Bacchus, a Pinot Noir, a Blanc de Blancs and a Cuvée Rosé.

Bolney Wines Estates was founded on the edge of the South Downs near Haywards Heath as Bookers Vineyard in 1972 with just three acres under vine. It currently has some 39 acres of vineyard.

It remains a family run business. Managing director and master wine maker Sam Lintner is the daughter of the estate's founders, Janet and Rodney Pratt.

The new capital will come in large part from an anonymous private investor, with the remainder raised through crowdfunding.