HRH The Duchess Of Cornwall Opens Sussex Vineyard’s New State Of The Art Winery
This week 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.