Chapel Down Group has reported sales growth of 26% to £4.1m in the six months to 30 June.

Wine sales volumes were up 14% to £2.59m, with beer and cider sales up 55% to £1.51m.

Gross profit increased 28% to £1.45m wile EBITDA grew to £93,000 from£84,000 the year before

A further 95 acres of vines have been planted – 40 acres on its own new leased sites and 55 acres with contract partners.

Chief executive Frazer Thompson said: “We continue to deliver good growth, with sales and gross profits both growing strongly. Consumer interest in English wines and specialist or craft beer shows no sign of abating and Chapel Down has worked hard to be well positioned to benefit. We are planting more vines in the finest sites, improving our production facilities, winemaking equipment and systems and developing our people and brands. The successful fundraising of £1.736m for Curious Drinks will enable us to build an exciting new brewery and develop our business for the long term. We are encouraged by the prospect of another good harvest in 2016 with excellent quality, which will enable us to continue to improve the quality of our wines and help our goal to have supply in place to meet future demand.”

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