The Vineyard: Grapes that make world-class wines. And now, something else besides.
The vineyard at Bolney Wine Estate in Sussex is one of the longest-established in England. Covering more than 30 acres, it’s been producing top-quality grapes, and world-class still and sparkling wines, since the 1970s.
The grape varieties grown have changed over the decades, hand in hand with winemaking know-how, consumer tastes and the vagaries of the English climate. In the early days, critics scoffed at the very idea of English sparkling wine. Then came the naysayers who said it was impossible to make a red wine in England. Time and numerous international awards have answered them all. Now, the unique soil, aspect, vines and people here are producing not one, but two world-beaters.
For forty years, in its own quiet way, this corner of Sussex has been a veritable hotbed of revolutionary thinking. A tradition of innovation we’re proud to continue with Foxhole Gin.
Name: Bolney Wine Estate
Location: West Sussex, United Kingdom
Soil Structure: Upper Tunbridge Wells Sand: Sandy Loam, Siltstone and Clay
Altitude: 36m above sea level
Aspect: South Facing
Planting Density: 2,470 vines/ha
- Pinot Noir
- Pinot Gris