New Shoots for Denbies

by / Thursday, 15 May 2014 / Published in Uncategorized

New Shoots for Denbies

Denbies Wine Estate is pleased to announce the completion of the first stage of scheduled  planting which has been taking place in the 265 acre vineyard.

Commencing in 2013, 25,000 vines were planted which included Solaris.  Solaris is an early ripening variety with good resistance against fungal diseases and frost, used for white wine.  Planting also included Bacchus, Dornfelder and Rondo, from which the gold award winning Chalk Ridge Rose 2010 won  the celebrated title ‘Best Rosé in the world’.
This year, 2014, the planting continues with an additional 15,000 vines being planted towards to end of May when the threat of late Spring has passed.  The area to the left of the entrance is currently being cultivated for the new planting.

The new plantings represent the demand for English wine which has grown exponentially in recent years.  The 2013 harvest was a record year and Denbies are looking forward to releasing three additional new varietals at the end of September.  This includes the release of the eagerly awaited Sauvignon Blanc, the first commercial release in the UK.  Four years ago Denbies vineyard planted England’s first sauvignon blanc vines across three hectares of the estate.  The 3,500 vines have thrived in the chalky soil, producing in the region of 1,000 bottles.
Within the next month, further announcements will be made as Denbies have been chosen by two major supermarkets to make their English flagship wines, representing a significant statement for the English wine industry as a whole.  These own range Denbies wines have been selected for style and quality and each wine will be released as own label made by Denbies for the respective businesses.

In tandem with the extended vine planting Denbies are taking this opportunity to increase the woodland area, planting 1,600 oak and hazel trees so far this year.   Work on the estate is also commencing in August in conjunction with Natural England and the Forestry Commission to further enhance this unique area in the heart of the Surrey Hills


To Our Valued Customers

In accordance with current government guidelines,  The Hatch on the Lawn takeaway refreshments and the Wine and Gift Shop (which operates an off-sales licence) are permitted to remain open during the current lockdown.  

Denbies Online Shop is also open for deliveries and click & collect.

All areas open to the public at this time are fully COVID compliant and risk assessments have been independently verified.


If you have made a reservation which may be cancelled due to current government guidelines, you will be contacted via e-mail by Denbies Events Team.  Reception will be closed, therefore the telephones will not be monitored

Please follow government guidelines at all times - information here

Unfortunately due to the current government guidelines, the main visitor centre has to remain closed. As the Denbies toilet facilities are located within the building, they are not classed as public toilets and therefore must remain closed. 

Denbies operates an open access policy for visitor to make use of the vineyard for recreational purposes. If anyone has any concerns regarding the limited facilities at this time, we are updating the website regularly and also communicating via email to visitors who have signed up on our website.

Thank you for your consideration and patience at this time.

During this time the following will be open;

The Hatch on the Lawn (located at the front of the building)


Daily 10am - 3pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm



Denbies Wine & Gift Shop

Daily 11am - 2pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm

20% Off all wine purchases 6+ bottles/mixed case applies

On-line Shop delivery

Last Orders for Click and Collect  10am - 3pm

20% Off all wine purchases 6+ bottles/mixed case applies

On-line Gifts & Vouchers

Monetary e-vouchers ◊E-Gift Experiences

Apologies - we are unable to respond to phone enquiries during this period of time.  Please visit the website for future reservations.  For amends to existing reservations ONLY, please email [email protected]  We are only able to offer limited response at this time.

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