English Wine Project

by West Fisher Winery in Westerham, , United Kingdom

£100

£7,500 target 8 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 13th December 2021 at 12:00pm

We were forced to relocate in March 2021 and we have struggled to complete the works to the new building, we need your help!

by West Fisher Winery in Westerham, , United Kingdom

We have started work on this unloved but beautiful building, installing new drains, concrete hard standings, improving the car parking and landscaping in order to turn it into a first class English wine production & visitor centre.

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West Fisher has been the life & passion for my wife & I for almost 13 years now, we want to continue in this incredible industry and grow into the venue we know we can be. 

Born in 2009 we moved onto Skid Hill Farm back in April 2012, we invested almost 9 years of our lives (not to mention a lot of our own money) on a near derelict building, transforming it into a fantastic venue and winery. Sadly back in September 2020 we were asked to leave with little or no explanation, that hurt. We invested heavily during lockdown to improve the premises on the promise of a new lease, that promise was broken. 1619867274_img_20200220_161731.jpg

This is what our tasting room used to  look like.1619867398_img_20210407_123347.jpg

Sadly this is what it looks like now!

We struggled to find a suitable location looking at nine buildings and locations in all, so many buildings turned out to be unsuitable or the landlords wanted crazy money for a derelict building. We finally agreed terms on this lovely old barn/stable building in April 2021 but could not move in until late July. The delay caused a significant problem and the cost of materials has increased by more than 50% in the last few months. Our tight budget is now a non workable budget, we need more money to finish the works and open up the building to the public as planned.

So why this building? It has incredible character, a large area for customer parking, it's own entrance and it is very close to the A25 in Westerham. The landlord is reasonable and open to ideas, Clacket lane services are only 1 minutes drive away and the A25 just 300 yards away!

What are our goals? To improve the building, make it into a usable space for production at ground floor with a character tasting room upstairs. Eventually we hope to open up the outside as well and to expand into a new barn to the land behind as well as planting our own vineyard. 

What are the problems? It is an old building in need of extensive alterations and we have run almost dry in terms of finances, the external works are now pretty much completed but the internals are only 30-40% complete, we are a long way from welcoming guests to the building.

The vision is there, the potential is there, the expertise is there and we have the track record to make it work. We have the experience, we have the equipment, we have the knowledge, we have the contacts, we have the contracts as well as a proven long standing relationship with Groupon, Wowcher & BuyaGift, not to mention our lovely and loyal customers, We just need that little bit of help to make it happen.

So what is left to do now that works have started? 

Rewire the entire building, put in new gates (we have these, just need to put them in) and improve the access, fit new doors (done), locks (done) & security systems, fit 3 roof light windows, fit a new staircase (done), put in a new wire fence and plant some vines as a hedge, install a large area of concrete hard standing to provide an eventual outside entertainment area (done) and ramped access to the winery (done), line the entire building internally with 9mm structural ply (50% done), install additional windows overlooking the parking area & yard, fit a new bar, kitchen, toilets & drainage (done) which also includes a sewage treatment plant as the nearest drainage is half a mile away. That about covers it, we hope.

We have completed 90% of the structural works needed and you can certainly feel the difference when you walk in now. We know the business model works, we were holding our own through Covid even expanding our equipment and online sales by almost 40%, we have contracts lined up to produce wine for other growers so there is a revenue stream waiting, plus we have a proven track record with Groupon and drop in customers alike, we know we can make it work but we are realistic enough to know we need some help. 

That, we hope, is where you come in.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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Wine tasting for 2 with pizza lunch to follow

Enjoy a wine tasting of any 6 wines with a complimentary cheese & biscuit platter followed by a pizza lunch. Voucher valid for 12 months

£10 or more

Just a fan

Want to support a small local business without any pomp or ceremony? We really would appreciate the support

£20 or more

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Custom West Fisher polo shirt

Receive a custom embroidered West Fisher polo shirt, available in White, Black, Grey, Red, Yellow & Blue, in sizes S/M/L/XL & XXL. Please specify your colour choice when ordering.

£20 or more

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Wine tasting for two

Receive a voucher to sample up to 6 wines with a complimentary cheese & biscuit platter, valid for 12 months.

£25 or more

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25% discount card

For just £25 you get a 25% discount card valid on all purchases, be it in house, at farmers markets, shows or online via our shop. Valid for 12 months

£40 or more

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Wine tasting for four

You will receive a voucher for a wine tasting for four people, valid for 12 months. Taste any 6 wines with a complimentary cheese & biscuit platter

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