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Bolney's Vineyards

Bolney Wine Estate is located on the edge of the South Downs, about 14 miles from the UK’s south coast, and comprises of five unique Sussex vineyard sites. The vines were re-planted over a period of time from 2002 to 2012, being replaced when they reach 35-40 years of age. One vines produces enough grapes for 1-3 bottles of wine.

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Guided By Nature Since 1972

Our vineyard team work tirelessly to provide extensive canopy management throughout the season to ensure the ideal microclimate, which in turn leads to a high quality fruit. We also have the perfect soil type here at Bolney, it is predominantly Upper Tunbridge Wells Sand, which allows good heat retention and excellent drainage.

Explore The Area

We are proud of our history and how far our family has come in the last five decades. We are one of the pioneers of the industry and our experiments, experience and passion has, we hope, helped encourage or energise others who have joined our craft.

Eighteen Acre

We use the Sylvos training System on our vines in our Eighteen Acre vineyard which requires a lot of time for pruning and trimming. However, the fruit grows much higher with this method, which works out much better for preventing wildlife from spoiling the harvest.
  • Acres
    18
  • Region
    West Sussex
  • Altitude
    40m
  • Latitude
    50*59'44* N
  • Longitude
    0*12'48* W
  • Planted Varietals
    Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Dornfelder, Rondo
  • Climate
    Cool Climate
  • Soil
    Sand, Loam with Sandstone bed rock.

Foxhole Alpha

The vines in our Foxhole Vineyards are trained using Vertical Shoot Positioning, this is where the vines are trained upward and the fruiting takes place below. This method makes the vines much more vulnerable to deer as they eat the leaves, canes and fruit on the vine, so we protect the crop by enclosing the field with deer fencing, but this does produce more fruit-driven grapes.
  • Acres
    3.8
  • Region
    West Sussex
  • Altitude
    30m
  • Latitude
    50*59'32* N
  • Longitude
    0*12'38* W
  • Planted Varietals
    Pinot Noir
  • Climate
    Cool Climate
  • Soil
    Clay, Sand, Loam with Sandstone bed rock.

Foxhole Beta

The vines in our Foxhole Vineyards are trained using Vertical Shoot Positioning, this is where the vines are trained upward and the fruiting takes place below. This method makes the vines much more vulnerable to deer as they eat the leaves, canes and fruit on the vine, so we protect the crop by enclosing the field with deer fencing, but this does produce more fruit-driven grapes.
  • Acres
    4.2
  • Region
    West Sussex
  • Altitude
    26m
  • Latitude
    50*59'31* N
  • Longitude
    0*12'51* W
  • Planted Varietals
    Bacchus, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris
  • Climate
    Cool Climate
  • Soil
    Clay, Sand, Loam with Sandstone bed rock.

Foxhole Charlie

The vines in our Foxhole Vineyards are trained using Vertical Shoot Positioning, this is where the vines are trained upward and the fruiting takes place below. This method makes the vines much more vulnerable to deer as they eat the leaves, canes and fruit on the vine, so we protect the crop by enclosing the field with deer fencing, but this does produce more fruit-driven grapes.
  • Acre
    6.2
  • Region
    West Sussex
  • Altitude
    29m
  • Latitude
    50*59'24* N
  • Longitude
    0*12'51* W
  • Planted Varietals
    Pinot Noir
  • Climate
    Cool Climate
  • Soil
    Clay, Sand, Loam with Sandstone bed rock.

BV North and South

We use the Sylvos training System on our vines in our BV North and South vineyards which requires a lot of time for pruning and trimming. However, the fruit grows much higher with this method, which works out much better for preventing wildlife from spoiling the harvest.
  • Acre
    3.2
  • Region
    West Sussex
  • Altitude
    31m
  • Latitude
    50*59'31* N
  • Longitude
    0*12'36* W
  • Planted Varietals
    Bacchus
  • Climate
    Cool Climate
  • Soil
    Clay, Sand, Loam with Sandstone bed rock.

Our Vineyard

The first grape variety to be planted in 1972 was Müller-Thurgau, a white grape varietal originating from Germany. Over the last 40 years, we have grown 9 different varieties of red and white grapes on our Estate, comprising of; Würzer, Pinot Gris, Müller-Thurgau, Bacchus, Chardonnay, Reichensteiner, Pinot Noir, Rondo & Dornfelder. Presently, we are focusing on 6 key premium varietals: Pinot Noir, Rondo, Dornfelder, Chardonnay, Bacchus and Pinot Gris. The vines were re-planted over a period of time from 2002 to 2012, being replaced when they reach 35-40 years of age. One vine produces enough grapes for 1-3 bottles of wine.

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ACRES

518

ANNUAL RAIN

9.8

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE

6

GRAPE VARIETIES
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Bolney Wine Estate Vineyard Site Map

Click here to download our full Bolney Wine Estate Vineyard site map to see where we grow each of our grape varieties that go into making your favourite Bolney Wine

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