Bolney Wine Estate is located on the edge of the South Downs, about 14 miles from the UK’s south coast, and comprises five unique vineyard sites at around 36m (118ft) above sea level. The vines here are between two and twelve years old and are planted at a density of 2,470 vines/ha.
The vines are trained using both Vertical Shoot Positioning (Foxhole Vineyards) and the Sylvos trellis system (18 Acre Field), both of which help to maximise airflow and sunlight penetration to the vines. Extensive canopy management is carried out throughout the season to ensure the ideal microclimate that leads to high-quality fruit.
The soil type found at Bolney Wine Estate comprises predominantly Upper Tunbridge Wells Sand, consisting of sandy-loam, siltstone and clay over sandstone bedrock. This soil type allows good heat retention and excellent drainage.
Mean average temperatures across the growing season (April to September) are in the range of 12°C–15°C, though daytime summer temperatures are often in the mid-20°Cs. The proximity of the Estate to the South Downs, combined with the low altitude and surrounding woodland, helps to shelter the Estate from the prevailing southwesterlies.