Bolney Wine Estate
Bolney Wine Estate, the vision of Janet and Rodney Pratt, is situated on a hill which was part of the Butting Hill One Hundred, listed in the Doomsday Book.
Village tradition has it that the Prince Regent was a frequent visitor to Bolney when travelling to Brighton, staying at Bolney Lodge, of which Bolney Wine Estate formed a part in the 18th Century.
Bolney Wine Estates started back in 1972 as Bookers Vineyard, with three acres of vines. They have, since those early days, grown to 39 acres and have become specialist red wine producers. It has been an interesting journey, with a few changes of winemaker along the way, until Samantha Linter took over in the 1990s. Now Bolney Estate’s owner and chief winemaker, Sam Linter is also the daughter of founders Janet and Rodney Pratt.
Many national and international awards have been won. They invested in a state-of-the-art winery in 2005, which really and truly takes them towards their goal of making top quality red, white and traditional method sparkling wines.