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Sussex vineyard that could earn £ 800,000 / year for sale for £ 6.75 million


An English vineyard that could bring in up to £ 800,000 a year to its owners and is equipped with a listed five-bedroom farmhouse has been launched for £ 6.75 million.

The 152 hectare Kingscote Estate in East Grinstead in Sussex Weald offers the impressive property in addition to a holiday home with two bedrooms and 60 hectares of vineyards on south slopes.

The property also has a winery equipped with the latest technology required for the production of premium sparkling wine and still wine using stainless steel and temperature control.

The extensive vineyards include varieties of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Bacchus, Pinot Blanc and Regent, which offer around 100,000 liters of wine for sale each year.

With the Kingscote Estate average price of £ 18.45 per bottle and wine producers making around a third of their bottle price as a profit after paying costs and taxes, the local winery's profit could bring the owners around £ 800,000 a year. The winery also produces premium sparkling wine from its two hectare apple orchards.

The 152 hectare Kingscote Estate in East Grinstead in Sussex Weald has an impressive five bedroom farmhouse and a two bedroom cottage with 60 hectares of vineyards on the south slopes

The vineyards include varieties of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Bacchus, Pinot Blanc and Regent, which offer around 1000 liters of wine for sale each year

The vineyards include varieties of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Bacchus, Pinot Blanc and Regent, which offer around 1000 liters of wine for sale each year

With the Kingscote Estate average price of £ 18.45 a bottle, the local winery's profit could bring owners up to £ 800,000 a year. Pictured: View of the estate's vineyards

With the Kingscote Estate average price of £ 18.45 a bottle, the local winery's profit could bring owners up to £ 800,000 a year. Pictured: View of the estate's vineyards

Mark Dixon, who founded Regus in 1989, bought the Kingscote winery in 2017 for around £ 3.25m and invested in expanding the vineyard after suggesting that southern England could be a "new frontier for wine".

Mark Dixon, who founded Regus in 1989, bought the Kingscote winery in 2017 for around £ 3.25m and invested in expanding the vineyard after suggesting that southern England could be a "new frontier for wine".

Who is Kingscote's former owner Mark Dixon?

Entrepreneur Mark Dixon ventured into business with a failed company called Dial a Snack at the age of 16 and delivered sandwiches on site on a butcher bike.

After it didn't start, he traveled and worked in St. Tropez, Australia and Asia.

He returned to Essex and set up a burger van on North Circular in London. From the profits, he bought seven more vans and later founded the Bread Roll Company to supply himself and other fast food providers.

He sold the company in 1988 for £ 800,000 and founded the Regus office, where he made his fortune.

By 2001, the company was valued at £ 2 billion. It is now represented in more than 100 countries.

In 2005, he divorced his wife Trudy Groves, whom he met during his burger van days. He was forced to pay £ 28 million in divorce proceedings.

In recent years, Dixon, born in Essex, has ventured into the wine business and owns vineyards in southern France and England.

His company, MDCV UK, operates vineyards in Sedlescombe, East Sussex and Luddesdown, North Kent. It also operates vineyards in Provence, southern France, including the Chateau de Berne, which spans nearly 300 hectares.

According to the Sunday Times Rich List for 2020, 60-year-old Dixon is worth around £ 770 million.

Kingscote, marketed by Savills, was the brainchild of top ad man Christen Monge, who gave up his communications career to found an English winery on the property he bought in 1999.

The first vines were planted in 2010, followed by further additions in 2011 and 2013. The vineyard was "considerably expanded" by the current owner after the death of Mr. Monge after a stroke in 2015 from 15 to 60 acres.

Millionaire Mark Dixon, who made his fortune after establishing the Regus office in 1989, bought the country in 2017 for an estimated £ 3.25m.

The entrepreneur is part of Provence and the English wine group MDCV UK, which owns the Chateau de Berne winery in south-eastern France.

One of the largest wine producers in France, the 298 hectare vineyard, produces around five million bottles of wine annually and also houses a five-star hotel, a spa.

Mr. Dixon also operates an organic vineyard in Sedlescombe, East Sussex and another location in Luddesdown, North Kent, where the company is based.

In 2017, Dixon told The Evening Standard that southern England could be a "new frontier for wine" after admitting that it "accidentally" entered the industry.

During the three years Mr. Dixon owned the Kingscote estate, he expanded his business with extensive plantings that new owners will benefit from over the next two years.

In the middle of the property is a luxurious farmhouse from the 14th century with a living space of over 4,000 m², a kitchen / breakfast room, a dining room, a living room, a salon, a study, a family room, a winter garden, a cellar and five Bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Kingscote also has 22 hectares of forest and a 15th-century tithe barn that has been converted into an idyllic wedding venue. The property has a shop and coarse fish fishing lakes.

The 152 hectares are located in the High Weald Area of ​​exceptional natural beauty and close to the Ashdown Forest in Sussex, the setting for A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories.

In the middle of the property is a luxurious farmhouse from the 14th century with a living space of over 4,000 m². Pictured: a living room on the property

In the middle of the property is a luxurious farmhouse from the 14th century with a living space of over 4,000 m². Pictured: a living room on the property

Kingscote also has 22 hectares of forest and a 15th-century tithe barn that has been converted into an idyllic wedding venue

Kingscote also has 22 hectares of forest and a 15th-century tithe barn that has been converted into an idyllic wedding venue

Pictured: In the tithe barn, which can currently be rented out as a beautiful wedding venue

Pictured: In the tithe barn, which can currently be rented out as a beautiful wedding venue

Savills' Chris Spofforth said: & # 39; The current owner has expanded the vineyard considerably. They have planted many new plants that will bear fruit in the next year or two.

& # 39; The circumstances of the last sale, the business was fragile, but now it is a much more robust business model. It has a fully equipped winery that it didn't have before.

"They make a lot of wine there. The owner has really boosted the hospitality and wine tourism business, although apparently this has not happened under the recent circumstances.

The property also has a winery equipped with the latest technology required for the production of premium sparkling wine and still wine using stainless steel and temperature control

The property also has a winery equipped with the latest technology required for the production of premium sparkling wine and still wine using stainless steel and temperature control

The impressive estate at Sussex Weald also offers fishing lakes (pictured) that are stocked with shoals of coarse fish

The impressive estate at Sussex Weald also offers fishing lakes (pictured) that are stocked with shoals of coarse fish

The first vines were planted in 2010, followed by further additions in 2011 and 2013. The vineyard was "significantly expanded" from 15 to 60 hectares by the current owner.

The first vines were planted in 2010, followed by further additions in 2011 and 2013. The vineyard was "significantly expanded" from 15 to 60 hectares by the current owner.

Kingscote, marketed by Savills, was the brainchild of top ad man Christen Monge, who gave up his communications career to found an English winery on the property he bought in 1999

Kingscote, marketed by Savills, was the brainchild of top ad man Christen Monge, who gave up his communications career to found an English winery on the property he bought in 1999

Pictured: Some of the vineyards of the sprawling Kingscote Estate, which is currently on the market for £ 6.75 million

Pictured: Some of the vineyards of the sprawling Kingscote Estate, which is currently on the market for £ 6.75 million

& # 39; But their basement door sales have grown astonishingly.

& # 39; And it still has opportunity to grow. The owner really only sells because it is simply not geographically compatible with his other interests in the industry.

& # 39; You have refreshed the brand and are producing some fairly decent wines.

“I think it will appeal to a new entrant, but someone who has real ambitions.

& # 39; This is more than a lifestyle hobby. It has the potential to be a really good vineyard and it is a very popular place. & # 39;

The famous Bluebell Railway Heritage Steam trains run through the property, which stretches over 152 hectares of breathtaking scenery

The famous Bluebell Railway Heritage Steam trains run through the property, which stretches over 152 hectares of breathtaking scenery

The 152 hectares are located in the High Weald Area of ​​exceptional natural beauty and close to the Ashdown Forest in Sussex, the setting for A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories

The 152 hectares are located in the High Weald Area of ​​exceptional natural beauty and close to the Ashdown Forest in Sussex, the setting for A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories

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