Thieves have stolen almost 5000 bottles of wine from a warehouse at Bolney Wine Estate.
The retail value of the goods amounts to over £80,000, amongst the wine stolen were 540 bottles of the estate’s award-winning Blanc de Blanc 2009.
Other wine taken includes the estate’s Cuvée Rosé, Bolney Bubbly, Sirrius Ros, Lychgate White and Linter’s Red.
A spokeswoman for Bolney Wine Estate said: “These wines were destined for a range of supermarkets including Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and other local independent merchants.”
Head winemaker and managing director Samantha Linter said: “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.”
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “We were called at 8.45am (February 27) after a burglary at a vineyard in Foxhole Lane, Bolney.
“More than 4,000 bottles of wine with a total estimated value of more than £80,000 were stolen by intruders who broke into a warehouse between 6pm on Thursday (26 February) and 8.45am on Friday.”