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Chapel Down signs lease to become the UK's largest winery

English winery Chapel Down has leased 388 acres of land in the North Downs so that, along with other leased land, Chapel Down now has 788 acres of leased land and with its own vineyards of 168 acres
will, when fully planted, be the largest UK winery with 950 acres under its control.

The site in Boxley, which adjoins Chapel Down’s existing vineyards on the North Downs, will be planted between 2019 and 2021. Once fully planted Chapel Down will produce 1 million bottles of wine. Last year, according to Wine GB, the UK produced 5.9 million bottles, with supplies set to reach 8-10 million in 10 years time, making Chapel Down responsible for 10% of the UK production.

Other large UK producers are Nyetimber with 438 acres, Rathfinny Estate has 400 acres, Denbies 256 acres and Champagne house, Tattinger with 171 acres in Kent.