Microbrewery relocates to local vineyard

Surrey Hills Brewery has applied for planning permission to relocate to Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey.

The move will take place next spring if Surrey Hills’ application is successful.

The microbrewery, which is based near Shere, has reached full capacity and owner Ross Hunter hopes the planned move will enable it to significantly increase current output while also reducing water and electricity usage.

By taking up space in Denbies' existing winery building, Surrey Hills will remain a local, independent niche microbrewery but with a more viable and robust long-term future, according to Hunter.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to relocate to Denbies, our businesses share the same principals and complement each other in many aspects," he added.

Denbies claims to be England’s largest vineyard with 265 acres of vines. It is located at the foot of Box Hill, a few miles from the existing brewery site.

General manager Christopher White said: "It's very exciting to reinstate one of the original products made here on the estate and Denbies is very pleased to support the growth of award-winning products in the local area."

Surrey Hills Brewery won a gold award in the bitter category at this year's Great British Beer Festival.