Kent vineyard growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Bacchus grapes can be yours for £1.5million

Kent vineyard growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Bacchus grapes can be yours for £1.5million

A vineyard in Kent which is one of the oldest in the county has gone on the market for a whopping £1.5million.

The Barnsole Vineyard, in Staple, near Canterbury, Kent was first opened almost 30 years ago.

Wine lovers can now snap up the seven-and-a-half acre vineyard and business after it was advertised on house hunting website Rightmove for a huge £1.5 million.

The vineyard produces up to 80,000 bottles of wine, each year growing grapes of the Reichensteiner, Huxelrebe, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bacchus varieties.

Set in the heart of the Kent countryside, the fields and surrounding area make it a perfect place to set up shop.

The new owners will have seven-and-a-half acres to manage - an amount of land capable of producing 80,000 bottles of wine a year. Five different types of grape can be grown on the land, or new owners can experiment with different varieties instead

The land for sale includes everything needed for wine production including the current growing crops and machinery, as well as live and dead stock.

The price also encompasses a wine press and a stock in store for up to 25,000 bottles.

Barnsole Vineyard is currently open to visitors for tours and tasting and has a 3000ft warehouse including significant retail space available.

Current owners Phillip and Sally Watts – who have run it for 10 years – are selling up because they are retiring, and are selling via real estate agency BTF Partnership.

The Rightmove listing describes Barnsole as on the eastern outskirts of the village of Staple in an area of East Kent, just to the east of Canterbury.

The site is an impressive 7.48 acres, approximately seven of which are planted with vines for winemaking.

According to the site, the vineyard itself is one of the oldest vineyards in Kent, having been planted in the early 1990’s with various varieties including Reichensteiner and Huxelrebe.

Set in the middle of the Kent countryside the property is nestled amongst some of the UK's most beautiful scenery. Barnsole is situated on the eastern outskirts of the village of Staple just to the east of Canterbury, and has good transport links to larger towns and cities

Since the 1990s the variety of wines has expanded significantly with additions of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bacchus vines, all on a double Guyot planting system.

There is even another type of vine on trial at the moment – a block of Wrotham Pinot.

This is England’s only indigenous wine and has been planted for first release anticipated in 2024, meaning the new owners will get to take part in a slice of history.

Rightmove describes the site’s facilities: ‘In addition to the vineyard itself, there is a detached winery building that extends to almost exactly 3,000 ft² and comprises a good-sized retail area to the front.

The vineyard itself is right next to the winery and storage warehouse, making it easy and efficient for workers to go from one to the other. It also provides a huge rain free space for any bad weather days which catch you off guard

With a further retail area to the rear along with WC, Store and winery laboratory along with two sealed Bonded Stores for wine storage.

‘There are sliding loading doors out onto the concrete area for access with machinery and to the rear, a recently added Warehouse helping with wine storage and pressing throughout the year.

‘To the front of the site, there is a fantastic access directly off the road to the south, leading to a good-sized parking area along with outside seating areas for visitors as and when they require.’

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