There's nothing more refreshing than a chilled glass of wine, except knowing it's so fresh it was produced just 40 miles away.
One of England's longest-established vineyards, the Bolney Estate in West Sussex, was founded in 1972. When the estate passed down the family to the next generation in the 90s, it went on to win a multitude of awards, both nationally and internationally.
Today, the Bolney estate is a thriving business, offering tours and hosting events onsite, whilst providing wine to suppliers around the world. We caught up with Chris who works at the Bolney Estate who told us more about the site and his top tips on how to pick the right wine for you!
So what does Bolney have to offer?
We’ve challenged ourselves to create both still and sparkling wines and our biggest achievement has been the creation of a English Pinot Noir. Our best seller is our Bolney Cuvee Rose 2014. This is a traditional method quality sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir. This vintage has been awarded a Gold medal in the Global Rosé Masters 2017 as well as a Silver medal in the Effervescents du Monde competition.
Any other awards under your belt?
In 2012 we won a Gold Outstanding medal for our Blanc de Blancs and were also awarded UK Wine Producer of the year in the IWSC. That was a fantastic year and then 2017 was even better! We won a record six gold medals for our wines, along with a double-trophy for our Pinot Gris in the UK Wine Awards and we were also named winery of the year. Finally, we were also awarded a gold medal for our Cellar Door in the IWC, which is a wonderful accolade for our visitors centre which was launched in 2016.
Why should people pick English wine over going abroad?
It’s always great to support local produce and the English wine industry has become a force to be reckoned with in the last few years. There are so many stunning examples of high-quality English wines to choose from, all with their own unique backstory. Plus, you can save money on travel if you wish to visit the vineyard before buying the wines!
What’s your top tip for people looking to find their perfect wine?
It can be quite difficult when shopping for wine with so much variety available. My top tip would be to make a note of the region or grape varieties that you enjoy. This is a good starting point and important to note down. However not every wine will taste the same within that region but it may have similar characteristics and it does give you a good idea of what you may enjoy.
Wine enthusiasts gather, with your Portico Places card, you can enjoy 10% off wine from Bolney Estate, so if you're stocking up for those summer BBQs or own a small business, why not back another UK business and enjoy a discount at the same time!