Chapel Down saw sales for its full portfolio of products grow by 10% to £13 million in 2018, driven in particular by its wines and spirits.

The producer said gross profit for its wines and spirits grew 12% in 2018 to £3.6million, while gross profit for its beer and ciders (under the Curious Drinks brand) grew 1% to £1.2million.

Alongside this the producer planted 102 acres of new vineyards in Kent, and it completed the build of its new brewery, which has opened its doors to the public this month.

It has secured a lease on a further 388 acres of viticultural land and it also has a lease at a site in King’s Cross where it opened the Chapel Down Gin Works.

The company also recorded an “extraordinary harvest” last year, which is double its highest-ever harvest and is “excellent quality”.

Chapel Down’s chairman John Dunsmore said: “We will continue to make substantial investments over the coming years in planting more vineyards, developing our winery, improving our commercial infrastructure, hiring and training the best talent and creating smart effective marketing to ensure that we build the strongest quality brands and are therefore best placed for future growth and any industry consolidation.

“We have an ambitious and experienced management team focussed on our desire to make Chapel Down England’s most exciting drinks company. We are on the way, but there is much to be done.”