In a nutshell: Sussex produced vermouth made with locally grown botanicals.
The lowdown: Using plants and herbs growing in their own vineyard hedgerows Bolney have crafted an English version of a classic rosso vermouth. The distinctive flavours derive from delicious hedgerow fruits and floral herbs giving eucalyptus notes and archetypal aroma of wormwood.
When to drink: Great mixed with elderflower tonic and served with a slice of orange on ice.
The estate, located in the village of the same name on the edge of the South Downs about 30 minutes north of Brighton is in the heart of England's wine producing district.
Established back in 1972 it predates the current upsurge in the English wine industry however under Sam Linter, daughter of founders Janet and Rodney, and who now heads up the winemaking operations the estate has kept its finger on the pulse of modern practices and standards. Without doubt Bolney ranks among the foremost of English wine estates in both quality and ambition and they've done much to raise the reputation of English wine as a whole.
In contrast to many they don't concentrate on sparkling wines alone and they also produce high quality still red whites and rosés to the same exacting standards many of which are repeat award winners.