The Buyer
Greencroft Bottling

Greencroft Bottling is one of the largest contract wine bottlers in the UK, working with some of the world’s leading wine companies. We pride ourselves on our outstanding quality and attention to detail because we know the quality of our finished product needs to be of the highest possible standard, a task our QA team works hard to achieve and maintain.

As the business continues to grow, the County Durham-based business is investing in a new state-of-the-art, self-powered home – Greencroft Two. The new £21million building will be more than 22,000 square metres (around 240,000 square feet, equivalent to about four football pitches) and will more than double the potential capacity at Greencroft Bottling to up to 400million litres per year, which is equivalent to over a quarter (28%) of all wine sold in the UK[i].

When complete, Greencroft Two could accommodate up to 10 bottling lines and seven ancillary lines for bag-in-box, cans, pouches, key kegs or any new types of sustainable packaging. The first of Greencroft Two’s new lines should be operational by Summer 2023 – a new €3million counter-pressure line with sparkling capabilities. The company will then gradually bring the remaining existing lines over from the current Greencroft Bottling, without disruption to production. The building will incorporate leading edge thermal insulation on the roof and walls, with a U-Value of 0.12 W/m2K making Greencroft Two probably one of the most advanced thermally efficient buildings in the market. The roof will have 3,000,000 watts of solar which will create around 2,900,000 kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity per year. Solar panels are efficient at cooler temperatures so County Durham’s bright and sunny, yet rather chilly, weather is perfect for our generating clean renewable power that we can use within our facility and assist us in reaching our sustainability targets.

“We’re spending more than we might otherwise on a new building, investing an additional £4.8million in sustainable practices and I believe this will be the most sustainable large building on the planet. But we’ll soon get that extra investment back through the energy savings, so what’s good for the planet is good for the business too,” says Lanchester Group managing director, Tony Cleary.