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UK bottle shortage blamed on growers across the Channel

Britain's booming wine industry is literally losing its bottle! The miserable wet summer has already dampened English winemakers spirits and the latest blow to hit producers is a UK bottle shortage.

Across the channel, France is enjoying one of the earliest harvests ever recorded. The 2007 vintage is being harvested earlier than usual, leaving vineyards short of 240million bottles.

To combat the shortage, French producers have ordered up all the stocks from France's leading bottle makers such as Saint Gobain and OI (Owens-Illinois).

Unfortunately for English producers their bottle orders have been left unfulfilled as French farmers have staked their claim and grabbed them all.

Winemaker Samantha Linter, of leading Sussex vineyard Bookers, said: “With the English harvest just around the corner it is crucial we bottle last year's wine to make room for this year's vintage.

“The only bottles we managed to find are more expensive, heavier and much taller. Already this is affecting storage, packaging and transport costs.

“This bottle shortage and the rain sodden summer are making this year’s harvest a real challenge for English wine producers. Despite the rains we’re still expecting a plentiful harvest. Our wine has already proved a hit in Waitrose stores, and with more and more consumers buying English wine we don’t want to be in the position where they’re faced with empty shelves. It is very unfortunate, but while there is a bottle shortage producers are going to have to find an alternative wine bottle and bear the cost.”

For further information please contact:

Rosie Watson/Gerri McNally
FML Public Relations
Tel: 01273 834716
E-mail rosie@fml-pr.co.uk

About Bookers Vineyard

Bolney Wine Estate lies in the heart of rural Sussex. It started back in 1972 as Bookers Vineyard, with 3 acres of vines. The new era for us started in the 1990’s when Samantha Linter took charge of the winemaking. Since her arrival there have been many international and national awards and the vineyard plantings have expanded to the now 22 acres. In 2005 a brand new, state of the art winery was completed, with help in the form of a grant from DEFRA. Bookers is a family run business; Samantha being the daughter of the owners and founders, Janet and Rodney Pratt.

To learn more about Bookers Vineyard and its products visit www.bookersvineyard.co.uk

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