Vineyard raiders steal 5,000 bottles of wine worth £80,000

It's the first time Bolney has been targeted by thieves since it opened in 1976 Credit: Tripadvisor

Nearly 5,000 bottles of wine worth £80,000 have been stolen from Bolney Winery in West Sussex.

Staff at the winery discovered the theft on Thursday, with the goods being stolen from their warehouse overnight on 26 February.

The retail value of the wines stolen amounts to over £80,000, which were destined for a range of supermarkets including Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and other local independent merchants.

Bolney's selection of still and sparkling wines is growing in reputation Credit: Bolney

We are understandably upset and frustrated by the loss of such a large amount of wine, as we work incredibly hard here at Bolney Wine Estate to produce top quality English wines. If anyone has information, could you please get in touch on 01444 881575 or phone the Police on 101.

– Samantha Linter, MD and head winemaker

The Vineyard has been making wines since 1976 but has never been targeted by thieves before. They now plan to install CCTV cameras.

They're urging anyone to contact police if they see any Bolney Estate wine being offered for sale, particularly if it is going cheaper than the recommended sale price in an unusual sales location.