South coast golf club to be turned into vineyard

Sparkling wine producer Nyetimber has bought a West Sussex golf course which it intends to turn into a vineyard.

Image: Amanda Slater
Image: Amanda Slater

The 44-hectare West Chiltington Golf Club near Pulborough, which closed last weekend, was designed by former Ryder Cup player Brian Barnes and opened in 1988. Its current owners, Martin and Deborah Ormrod blamed rising costs, a downturn in the golf market and its rural location for the sale.

English Wine Producers marketing director Julia Trustram-Eve said: "Nyetimber is a very solid producer and a market leader, and this shows commitment and longevity."

Nyetimber is already thought to be the UK's largest wine grower and producer, with several estates in West Sussex and Hampshire.

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