Barnsole Vineyard: Entire business goes on the market for £1.5m


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Ever fancied owning your very own wine producing business? Well for £1.5million you can now do just that.

Artisan sparkling wine producer Barnsole, based in Staple, between Canterbury and Sandwich, is being sold "lock stock and barrel" after the current owners decided to retire.

Phillip and Sally Watts are retiring and selling the vineyard business
Phillip and Sally Watts are retiring and selling the vineyard business

The award-winning business has been run by Phillip and Sally Watts for the last 10 years.

Barnsole Vineyard is one of the oldest in Kent - with planting first started in 1993.

Today it grows varieties including Chardonnay, Pintot Noir and Bacchus. It is also trialling Wrotham Pinot, England's only indigenous vine, with the first wine expected to hit the shelves in 2024.

It currently grows, picks, presses and bottles on-site, offering a range of sparkling, white and red wines.

The property includes a recently upgraded purpose built winery which would allow production to increase from the current 20,000 bottles a year to 80,000.

The winery, all stock, machinery and land is included in the sale of Barnsole Vineyard. Picture: BTF Partnership
The winery, all stock, machinery and land is included in the sale of Barnsole Vineyard. Picture: BTF Partnership

It also attracts around 5,000 visitors a year for tastings and tours.

Phillip Watts, co-owner of Barnsole Vineyard, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with a dream and ambition to run their own wine business to step into one which is ready to be taken to the next level. Over the last 10 years we have continually reinvested profits back into the business to build the strong foundations to support our artisan vineyard operation and vision for the future.

"With the growing national and international interest in English wine and wine tourism here in the South East, we are proud of where the business is today, the strong brand identity we have created and importantly the award winning, dynamic wines we now produce from start to finish.”

Alex Cornwallis, director at BTF Partnership, which is handling the sale, added: “It is an exciting and unique opportunity for a new owner to walk into a successful business in a growing sector with the ability to significantly increase production in the coming years. The new trial block of Wrotham Pinot England’s indigenous vine being grown in Kent for the first time in a commercial vineyard setting is also something to shout about.”

The sale includes the land, machinery and stock and related business Socket & Plug Ltd. The guide price is £1.5m.

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