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Bolney Wine Estate

Established for more than half a century, Bolney is a true pioneer of English wine. As one of the first vineyards to be planted in England, it continues to lead the way today from its beautiful site in the heart of Sussex.

Bolney’s story began in 1972, when Rodney and Janet Pratt purchased a smallholding and planted their first vines. Taking inspiration from their surroundings, Janet and Rodney were guided by nature in their approach to producing award-winning still and sparkling wines and spirits. Now led by the couple’s daughter, Sam Linter, Bolney Wine Estate is a leading force in Sussex wine.

At the estate, just outside of Horsham, visitors can enjoy vineyard experiences including guided tours and tastings of Bolney’s award-winning wine, as well as an exciting calendar of events throughout the year.

© Bolney Wine Estate Limited.

Bolney Vineyard

Bolney Vineyard cafe

© Bolney Wine Estate Limited.

Don’t miss

  • Soak up the vineyard views from the balcony on a warm summer’s day, and enjoy locally sourced, seasonal menus at The Eighteen Acre.
  • Tours and tastings run throughout the year, bookable via Bolney’s website.
  • Bolney’s 50th anniversary celebrations, happening throughout 2022.

When to visit

The estate is open all year round, seven days a week – but always check the website for the latest opening hours.

Do I need to book?

It’s possible to visit the vineyard and shop without booking ahead, though to avoid disappointment we advise booking ahead if you’re planning to have lunch or dinner at the restaurant. Vineyard tours and tastings run all year-round, and can be booked via the website

Can I stay overnight?

There is no overnight accommodation on the estate, but there is a good choice of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering properties in and around Bolney. Find Bolney’s Sussex accommodation tips here.

While you’re in the area, Bolney recommends

  • Visit the world-class Glyndebourne opera house and gardens
  • Travel through 11 miles of Sussex scenery on the Bluebell heritage railway line
  • Find more local tips at Bolney’s Sussex Staycation guide

© Bolney Wine Estate Limited.

Early Summer: Grape vines flowering

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