Denbies Wine Estate, the largest single vineyard estate in the UK, has announced the development of the country’s first vineyard hotel. The development is part of a £4m investment drive that is expected to create ten full-time jobs in three years.
Denbies, located in Dorking, Surrey, started the transformation of its existing Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast in September with the aid of a £700,000 package from HSBC. The hotel is scheduled to open in Spring 2019.
The new hotel will boast 17 en suite bedrooms, a new bar and a new Orangery restaurant. Guests will have access to the full range of Denbies wines through enomatic wine dispensing machines, linked to rooms by key cards. The hotel is intended to be fully carbon neutral and designed to blend into the Surrey Hills Area of Natural Beauty and the North Downs.
Jeannette Simpson, Denbies COO, said: “We have been at the forefront of wine tourism in England since the estate opened and our new hotel, due to open in spring 2019, will be a great addition to our existing hospitality offering. The reputation of English wine continues to grow, and wine tourism is an integral part of communicating this message loud and clear. We look forward to offering a world-class vineyard and winery experience here in the heart of the Surrey Hills.”
Denbies is also planning a “modernisation and expansion” of its winemaking facilities in 2019. This will include new tank storage capacity, cellar storage space, fully-automated processing equipment and five new members of staff. The estate is also continuing to develop its vineyards: this year it has planted six new grape varieties, untried in the UK, over four acres for the production of still wine. Christopher White, Denbies CEO, estimates that the improvements will quadruple the estate’s sparkling wine production by the end of 2019.