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Chris White, CEO Denbies Wine Estate, Ep 4

This week my guest is Chris White, CEO of Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, right in the heart of the Surrey Hills. The land Denbies sits on  was once a pig farm, before Chris's father, Adrian, was advised by neighbour Professor Richard Selling that the bowl shape of the land was the same as countryside in Champagne and the unique characteristics of the North Downs landscape were perfect for winemaking. Initially planting just 30 acres of vines in 1986, the vineyard has since grown to a sprawling wine estate of over 600 acres, including a visitors centre, three restaurants and a state of the art eco-hotel. Making 700,000 plus bottles of wine in a good year, Denbies is one of the largest wine producers in the UK and consistently wins plaudits for its still, sparkling and dessert wines.Denbies is now open for outdoor tours and al fresco dining. For more information and to book visit You can follow Denbies on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  Thank you for listening to today's episode of The English Wine Diaries. If you enjoyed the podcast then please leave a rating or review and to hear future episodes as they are released, hit subscribe on your podcast listening platform.To find out who's joining me next week, follow @thesouthernquarter on Instagram and for more regular English wine news, visit and sign up to my newsletter.  

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The English Wine Diaries is a weekly interview series with Rebecca Pitcairn, editor, journalist and founder of The Southern Quarter, an online lifestyle magazine about English Wine. Each week Rebecca is joined by a special guest from the world of wine (and beyond) to talk all about their English wine journey. From sommeliers to vineyard owners, hoteliers and some rather familiar faces too, discover how a love of wine – particularly that made on British soil – has helped shape their lives and careers.