Greyfriars Vineyard in Surrey has opened a new chalk wine cave, which will store 250,00 bottles of its wines.

The 3,500 square foot cellar, which is the result of an 18-month excavation and a major financial investment for the business, is the first part of a bigger project to include a new shop and tasting room.

Co-owner Mike Wagstaff said: “The cave provides a cool, dark space with a constant temperature for our maturing wine. It was important that the cave was environmentally-friendly, that it complimented our existing winery and that it blended into our surroundings as we are situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

Solar panels have been fitted on the roof to provide a significant proportion of the power requirements for Greyfriars’ vinery and the living wall on the front of the cave features 3,106 plants that help to keep the cave cool.

Constuction of the cave has also create a natural amphitheatre over the storage space, which will provide a unique event space with views over the vineyard.