Boutinot buys Henners Vineyards in East Sussex

14 March, 2017

Boutinot is bringing its winemaking experience to English shores for the first time with the purchase of Henners Vineyards in East Sussex.

Henners, a key Boutinot agency partner since its first vintage release in 2012, was established by former F1 engineer Lawrence Warr in 2007 in Herstmonceux. Henners has 10 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines. The range currently comprises three Traditional Method Cuvees – a Vintage, Vintage Reserve and Rose NV.

Boutinot began to produce its own wines in France in 1989 with South Africa joining the family in 1994 and Italy in 2003. Eric Monnin, who himself started out in Champagne and joined Boutinot 12 years ago, now heads up a team of five winemakers around the world; he can now add Henners’ winemaking to his repertoire.

Boutinot’s managing director Dennis Whiteley said: “We are a business which is passionate about wine and wants to get under the skin of everywhere we’re working: that’s why we’re making our own wines in France, Italy, South Africa and around the world, and it’s why we’ve jumped at the chance to see what we can do on our own doorstep. We’ve worked with Larry for over five years, so we know what a perfect fit the Boutinot and Henners philosophies are, and we cannot wait to dig deep into the potential that we know is there for English wine.”

Boutinot, established in 1980, is an independent importer and producer of wines for the off and on-trade. It has a ‘Made by Boutinot’ portfolio and 100-plus agencies that it represents. 




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