Our English Wine Suppliers
Bolney Wine Estate
In the heart of rural Sussex lies Bolney Wine Estate, one of England’s oldest and most beautiful vineyards. Bolney's story began five decades ago, when their vines were first planted by Sam Linter’s parents Rodney and Janet. Sam now heads up the family business having inherited her parents’ love and passion for making luxury English wine, and along with her expert team, produces award-winning wines, from their Estate Bacchus to their classic sparkling Bolney Bubbly and Blanc de Blancs.
The setting is glorious, with views to the South Downs and an abundance of wildlife all around. With various tours, a vineyard trail, Eighteen Acre Café restaurant serving locally sourced dishes, and Vineyard Shop there’s much to see and do. And a range of award-winning wines to taste. Enjoy a glass of Bolney Bubbly on the stunning balcony overlooking the vines, take in the stunning view and take a bottle or two of their wine home to continue the experience.
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Bolney grow 6 different varieties of grape at their estate, all of which go into making their award-winning wines. They even use press wine from their grapes, distilled with delicate botanicals, to make their own Bolney Estate Gin.
Greyfriars is located on the sunny south facing chalk slopes of the Hog’s Back at Puttenham, just outside Guildford in Surrey. The original vineyard was planted in 1989 and since the current owners took over in 2010, they have expanded the area under vine to 40 acres on two sites, focusing on producing stunning English sparkling wine. They have also built a brand new winery containing state of the art winemaking equipment and a natural chalk underground cellar for ageing their wine prior to release.
The vineyards are predominantly planted with the three classic Champagne grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Greyfriars are producing a range of spectacular sparkling wines reflecting the unique local soil conditions, climate and heritage of the Surrey North Downs. They also produce several still wines, including a Pinot Gris, Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc.
Greyfriars have been extremely well received and have already won many prizes in international competitions, including a Gold Outstanding in the International Wine and Spirit Competition for their 2013 Blanc de Blanc, Gold for their 2014 Rosé Reserve and trophy of the best English sparkling Rosé, and this year Gold for their Rosé Reserve 2015 (International Wine Challenge 2021).
Greyfriars have a new shop open 5 days a week where there is always wine to taste and buy. They also run tours and events throughout the year to tell you their story, enjoy their wines and see how they, as a family vineyard, do things a little differently.
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Greyfriars are celebrating their 10 years anniversary as a commercial vineyard this year with a party in September and release of a special wine X, Blanc de Noirs 2017 for this occasion.
In 2004, when the first vines were planted at the Gusbourne Estate in Kent, they had a clear vision and a single goal: to create English sparkling wines that would stand up alongside the very finest offerings from across the globe.
An uncompromising quest for perfection and a fastidious approach to detail is at the heart of everything Gusbourne do. They ensure only the best grapes are used in their winemaking by growing and hand-picking them themselves. They present an authentic reflection of a time and place in each of their bottles, by producing exclusively vintage wines that are unique to each growing season.
Focusing on the classic grape varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, Gusbourne have a collection of award-winning sparkling and still wines, with all grapes used in their winemaking sourced solely from Gusbourne vineyards to ensure exceptional quality.
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The original Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent dates back to 1410. The de Goosebourne family crest was made up of three geese and can be found in their local parish church in Appledore - nowadays, each and every bottle of wine crafted at Gusbourne carries a contemporary goose crest in honour of their heritage. This ‘Goosemark’ is a symbol of trust, representing Gusbourne's pursuit of uncompromising quality.
Established in 2008, Litmus Wines is owned and operated by John Worontschak, Mike Florence and Matthieu Elzinga and is based at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey.
John Worontschak has been making English wine since 1988 and in 2010 John decided to create the first Litmus wine, Element 20. The concept was to move away from the traditional fruity and often one-dimensional English wine styles.
The Litmus range is the culmination of John's experience and are designed to highlight the very best of cool climate English still wines promoting balance, complexity and length of flavour.
The range consists of four wines - Element 20, White Pinot, Red Pinot and Orange.
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Ancient marine fossils known as coccoliths furnish their vineyard soil with an abundance of calcium – the backbone of truly complex and long-lasting wines, and The 20th Element of The Periodic Table. The star shaped image on Litmus wine labels is a stylised ‘discoaster’ coccolith. This image symbolises not only the significance of soil in the production of fine wine, but also the New English Wine – a star in ascendance.
Nutbourne is a family run, boutique vineyard and winery, producing a range of award winning still and sparkling wines from grapes grown on the estate. Vines were first planted at Nutbourne in 1980 by one of the early pioneers of wine grape growing in this country. Since 1991 it has been owned, managed and expanded by the Gladwin family. Nutbourne is now considered one of the premier wine producers in the South East, offering a range of estate grown still and sparkling wines which can compete anywhere in the world.
Producing wines from grapes only grown on the estate, every aspect of the process is carried out there, from pressing, fermenting and bottling, right through to the disgorge and finishing processes of sparkling wine four years later. Their wines are created from six different types of grape: – the Riesling style: – Bacchus, Huxelrebe and Reichensteiner; and Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc for their sparkling blends.
It is a wonderful place to visit in the heart of West Sussex, with wildflower meadows, alpacas, lakes, places to picnic and stunning views along the vineyard trail. Nutbourne Vineyard offer vineyard trails, scheduled tours, picnics in the vines, private tours and events and even the odd restaurant pop-up!
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All of the artwork featured on their labels is painted by Bridget Gladwin, who has owned the vineyard with her husband Peter for 30 years. The Sussex Reserve painting features their striking double-curtain trellising system in winter. The Hedgerow painting is from a series of the South Downs ridge, showing the patchwork of colours, angles and textures.
Ridgeview Wine Estate
A family run wine estate for more than 25 years, Ridgeview have paved the way for English sparkling wine, planting their vineyards in rural Sussex at a time when many believed that producing English wine couldn’t be done.
One of the first wineries in England to focus solely on the production of sparkling wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grape varieties, Ridgeview have won many an industry award including Best International Winemaker and World's Best Fermented Sparkling Wine. With meticulous attention to detail and expertise in cool climate viticulture, they are producing fruit of excellent ripeness and wonderful natural acidity – perfect for sparkling wine.
They are a second-generation family business with their founder Mike Roberts MBE recognised a pioneer in the English Sparkling wine industry, passing the business down to his children Tamara Roberts, CEO and Simon Roberts, Head Wine Maker, in 2013 so his legacy can continue to thrive.
Ridgeview has wine tasting, vineyard tours, a wonderful wine garden and a number of seasonal events, including their very popular sell-out event, RidgeFest! They also feature lots of great blogs online including their latest Ridgeview's Food and Wine Pairing Guide.
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It was actually an English man called Christopher Merret who first recorded the traditional method of making sparkling wine in London in 1662, lodged with the Royal Society – 30 years before this was recorded by Dom Perignon in Champagne. In honour of Christopher Merret who was a Londoner Ridgeview have named their non-vintage sparkling wines Bloomsbury, Cavendish and Fitzrovia in memory of Christopher Merret.
Simpsons' Wine Estate
Simpsons' Wine Estate was established in 2012 by Ruth and Charles Simpson in Barham, Kent, amid the pristine beauty of the Elham Valley – an unspoilt seam in the North Downs where the contours of the land, climate and soil could scarcely be improved upon for viticulture. Simpsons believe that the finest wines convey a rich sense of provenance and integrity, firmly rooted in the characteristics and exquisite nuances of their terroir. This is why they settled for nothing less than the finest parcels of land in southern England to plant their vines.
In September 2016, Oz Clarke opened the state-of-the-art winery, located within walking distance of their two vineyard sites and equidistant between them. The proximity of the winery to the vines is critical in the creation of top-flight wines. The Estate also saw its first harvest in 2016 and since then the winemakers have produced a highly-acclaimed range of English still and sparkling wines, including the Chalklands Classic Cuvee 2016, which won a gold medal and “Best in Class” title in the 2019 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships and The Roman Road Chardonnay 2018, which was awarded the prestigious “Best in Show” title at the internationally renowned Decanter World Wine Awards 2020.
The summer months provide the ideal opportunity for their glorious vineyards to host visitors, including a vineyard tour with a glass of sparkling wine as the sun goes down, followed by a perfectly paired platter brimming with the best in local produce.
Simpsons welcome visitors for vineyard tours, platters and to visit the Glass House Tasting Room which is perfect for private celebrations.
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Simpsons’ Wine Estate boasts the unique attraction of a helter-skelter slide from the tasting room to the winery. They like their events to finish with an unforgettable flourish down the “Fruit Chute” slide!
BSIXTWELVE is a Single variety, Single Vineyard Still white wine made 100% from Pinot Blanc grapes grown at Lone Farm Vineyard with PDO English Quality Wine. This small artisan vineyard is set in the Itchen Valley on the edge of the South Downs National Park, and just minutes away from Winchester. The Vineyard was established in 2014 and its first vintage of still, single variety Pinot Blanc came to life in 2017. Devoted to an ecological and sustainable ethos, the vines are grown with an almost obsessive love and dedication from owner Balbina Leeming, following organic and biodynamic principles.
Beneath the initial top soil layer is the absolutely white chalky soils so characteristic of the Itchen Valley. The chalk acts as reservoir of water from the rainy days and makes the vines thrive in the dryer months. The result: a wine that is more than just beautifully balanced, it’s an extremely elegant English Pinot Blanc; delicious enough to be enjoyed a capella but guaranteed to make any white meat or fish sing. The next few months will see the grape variety take on different personalities when an Ancestral (Pet-Nat), Orange and Anphora styles will be released, given the Pinot Blanc its true place in the wine world. Watch this space…
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The name Bsixtwelve comes from owner Balbina’s life obsession with a book called “The Little Prince” (Le Petit Prince) written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. At first glance, it is a children’s book, but if you pay attention, you will discover a tender tale of human nature in a very philosophical account. BSIXTWELVE is an asteroid, the precious home of The Little Prince, in the same way that the Vineyard is Balbina's. A place of joy, a refuge for sorrow and above all, where happiness is born to be shared with all involved in the journey to nurture and transform the grapes into wine.
" It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye"
Chapel Down is England’s leading winemaker with a desire to change the way the world thinks about English wine forever by making the coolest, cool climate wines on the planet accessible and contemporary.
Truly world-class sparkling and still wines are produced from grapes grown on over 700 acres excellent terroir in the South East of England.
Widely regarded as the market leader in English wine, Chapel Down pushes the boundaries of wine production in England and continually strives to innovate in all areas of the business most recently adding a hugely successful range of premium spirits ‘made by winemakers’ to their portfolio.
Regularly receiving international accolades Chapel Down is also an official wine supplier to 10 Downing Street and is the first English winery to ever feature in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain. Their multi award-winning drinks are sold direct to consumers through a fast growing e-commerce business and to retail partners, including Waitrose, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Majestic, Selfridges and Harrods, as well as leading bars, restaurants and hotels in the UK and internationally. Current export markets include the USA, Europe, Japan, China and Australia.
The Chapel Down winery, based in the picturesque market town of Tenterden in Kent, is open to the public and welcomes over 60,000 visitors each year. Chapel Down offers guided tours of the vineyards and winery together with tutored wine tastings. The winery boasts excellent visitor facilities, including a two AA Rosette and Michelin Bib Gourmet restaurant and shop stocking high-quality English produce.
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Chapel Down sources grapes from 780 acres of vineyards, the majority of which are on the Kent North Downs. In 2020 Chapel Down sold over a million bottles of wine.
These lovely English wines are featured on the wine list at at least one of our properties, a number feature at two or three and one at all of them!
We included these wines on our lists because it is part of our ethos to support fantastic local producers, especially when their wines are so good! And it also ensures our lists are as balanced and inclusive as they can be, featuring innovative and ground breaking wines.