Manchester wine business buys vineyard

Manchester-based wine distributor and producer Boutinot have bought a British vineyard with the support of a six-figure funding package from HSBC UK.

The ten-acre Henners site in Hastings can produce up to 20,000 litres of wine per year, with the company set to establish a hospitality centre at the vineyard. This will allow its trade visitors to sample the produce on-site and learn about the production process. The work is expected to create two jobs with an increase in turnover by up to 200 per cent over the next four years.

Michael Moriarty, Commercial Director for Boutinot, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have brought so many fantastic wines to the UK, whether it’s from our own vineyards or our favourite international winemakers.

“Opening our new Henners UK vineyard gives us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate just how good UK wine can be and display the taste of Britain on a global stage. We continue to see our passion for great wine shared across international markets and look forward to developing relationships across the world.”

Matthew Palmer, HSBC UK’s Relationship Director for Greater Manchester, added: “We identified Boutinot as a rapidly expanding Manchester business, so when the opportunity came to support the opening of a new British vineyard we were delighted to offer our services.