Not so long ago if someone mention English wine only sparkling wine would come to mind. Today however, quality still English wine production is on the up with Bolney Estate leading the way.
The Bolney story began in 1972, when owners Janet and Rodney Pratt planted three acres of vines to create what was then only the sixth commercial vineyard in England. Experiments with a number of grape varieties, clones and root stocks over the years enabled them to find the best matches for the site.
In addition to the Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which thrive on the site, the vineyards became home to a handful of other varieties that have, over the years, proved very successful.
Sam Linter, Rodney and Janet’s daughter, took over the reins in the mid-1990s and is now ably assisted by Assistant Winemaker Liz Garrett, who returned from a vintage at Cloudy Bay in 2013. Both are graduates of the esteemed Plumpton College in East Sussex, England. Today, Bolney Wine Estate has grown to 39 acres (15.8 ha), with a state-of-the-art winery added in 2005.
The Estate, under Sam’s exacting eye, specialises in producing premium red, white, rosé and sparkling English wines that have won numerous awards, and legions 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.
We will be tasting six award winning still and sparkling wines with winery representative Robin Warren - Adamson.
Ticket includes cheese and charcuterie sharing platters.