The Bolney Wine Estate began life in 1972 when Rodney and Janet Pratt established the Bookers Vineyard with 2 ha of vines. This has gradually been increased to the current 16 ha. Unusually for an English vineyard, the estate has tended to specialise in producing red table wines.
Sam Linter, daughter of Janet and Rodney, became Head winemaker in the 1990s and is also the company Managing Director. In 2005 Bolney, part aided with a DEFRA grant, was able to expand and modernise the winery so that it now produces a range of table and sparkling wines.
The estate's wines have received a long list of awards, the most recent of which have included silver medals for the Blanc de Blancs 2009 (DWWA 2013; IWSC 2013). This might suggest that in future Bolney will be most well-known for its sparkling wines.
Vineyard tours are available and there is a cafe on site serving breakfast, lunch and tea.
(Images © Bolney Estate)
Tel: 01444 881 575
Winemaker: Sam Lintner
Bolney Bubbly NV
Blanc de Blancs
Bolney Estate Blanc de Blancs, 2009
Pale gold; citrus, apple, yeast; dry, fresh acidity, creamy citrus and ripe grapefruit, brioche; med+ length; complex (7 May 2014) Outstanding, 91/100
Bolney Estate Blanc de Blancs, 2007
Pale gold; citrus, yeast, modest nose; dry, integrated acidity, creamy lime/lemon, toast palate; med+ length; balanced and elegant (7 May 2014) Outstanding, 94/100