The Bolney Wine Estate story began in 1972, when owners Janet and Rodney Pratt planted three acres of vines to create what was then only the sixth commercial vineyard in England. Experiments with a number of grape varieties, clones and rootstocks over the years enabled them to find the best matches for the site.
In addition to the Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which thrive on the site, the vineyards became home to a handful of other varieties that have, over the years, proved very successful.
Sam Linter, Rodney and Janetís daughter, took over the reins in the mid-1990s and is now ably assisted by Assistant Winemakers Liz Garrett, who returned from a vintage at Cloudy Bay in 2013, and Alex Rabagliati. All are graduates of the esteemed Plumpton College in East Sussex, England. Today, Bolney Wine Estate has grown to 39 acres (15.8 ha), with a state-of-the-art winery added in 2005.
The Estate, under Samís exacting eye, specialises in producing premium red, white, rosť and sparkling English wines that have won numerous awards, and legions of fans, all over the world.
In 2012, Bolney Wine Estate won UK Wine Producer of the Year in the International Wine and Spirit Competition.