Bolney Wine Estate has officially opened its new winery, allowing the third-generation family business to increase its production of premium still and sparkling wines by 170% within the next three years.

The winery, opened in time for the 2019 harvest, is part of an ambitious expansion plan led by managing director and head winemaker Sam Linter. The expansion is designed to help the Sussex-based Estate to meet its target of producing more than 300,000 bottles of premium still and sparkling wines by 2022.

Linter said: “The opening of our new winery is perfectly timed to ensure that we can process more of our grapes than ever before and as efficiently as possible. This is especially important following our merger with Pookchurch vineyard in January which saw us form a 104-acre Estate, which will see us produce 300 tonnes of grapes annually.

“The physical expansion, paired with the hard work, passion from the team and the building of strong partnerships, is key to the future-proofing of our Estate – ensuring that we can continue to produce and refine our award-winning still and sparkling wines for many years to come.”

The new winery harnesses new technologies and equipment to increase production of both still and sparkling wines, and it will be equipped with an additional new wine press to improve the effectiveness and speed at which it processes its grapes.

The winery, which is partly financed by a grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, has the potential to produce 500,000 bottles of wine.

Bolney has also installed solar panels on its new winery and across its main building, café and office, in a bid to reduce its reliance on the national grid by 30%.