Henkell Freixenet Buys Bolney Wine Estate

17th January 2022

Sam from Bolney Wine Estate receiving the Sustainability trophy with watermark

Henkell Freixenet’s entry into the emerging, high-growth English sparkling wine segment was through the acquisition of Bolney Wine Estate English sparkling wine and wine cellar based near Brighton, Sussex on the 14th of January.

English sparkling wine, considered by some experts as ‘the new Champagne’, is witnessing exponential growth.

Bolney Wine Estate was founded in 1972 by Janet and Rodney Pratt and is today run by their daughter Samantha Linter.

The estate has a portfolio of sparkling and still wines, the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Sustainability Award at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021.

Dr Andreas Brokemper, CEO of Henkell Freixenet, said: “As producers of Champagne, Crémant, Cava, Prosecco and sparkling wines of various origins, we are delighted to add English sparkling wine, a still young, prestigious sparkling wine specialty to our ‘Pearls of Europe.”

“We are convinced that as the global market leader in the sparkling wine market, we can further strengthen the image of English sparkling nationally and internationally.”

As part of the deal, Linter will work closely with the teams at Henkell Freixenet and its UK and Ireland arm Freixenet Copestick as Managing Director.

Linter added: “This is a new chapter for Bolney Wine Estate. Over the past 50 years my family and I have worked hard to bring Bolney to where it is today.”

“I am now very much looking forward to working with Freixenet Copestick and helping to develop Bolney within the group nationally and internationally.”

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