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Lanchester Wine Cellars Ltd. Greencroft Bottling Company Ltd.

Greencroft Estate, DH9 7XP Stanley, County Durham
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Lanchester Wines Ltd

01207 52 1234



Exhibitor Categories

  • 02  Exporter
  • 02.01  Europe
  • 02.01.04  Germany


  • 02  Exporter
  • 02.01  Europe
  • 02.01.07  France


  • 02  Exporter
  • 02.01  Europe
  • 02.01.10  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • 02  Exporter
  • 02.01  Europe
  • 02.01.12  Italy


  • 02  Exporter
  • 02.01  Europe
  • 02.01.25  Spain


Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.06  wines from Oceania
  • 01.06.01  wines from Australia
  •  wines from Victoria
  •  wines from Grampians

wines from Grampians

Our trade marks

Lanchester Wines

Company news




Nov 25, 2019

Greencroft Bottling partners with Ardagh Group to launch UK’s first wine canning line

The UK’s first large-scale wine canning line has gone live at Greencroft Bottling Company in County Durham, boasting filler speed of 17,000 cans per hour and offering both still and carbonated filling for wine, soft drinks and RTDs.

Contract wine packer, Greencroft Bottling has invested over £2million in the state-of-the-art equipment. Working closely with Ardagh Group Metal Beverage Europe, the new can filling line is initially focusing on the popular 200ml and 250ml slimline cans but is also ready to handle Ardagh’s imminent new 187ml Wine Can format.

Mark Satchwell, managing director of Greencroft Bottling, says, “We constantly invest in our equipment to guarantee we’re offering the best service possible to our customers and ensure we have the correct technology in place to meet future market demands. The can is a format consumers are already familiar with, through soft drinks, beers and ciders, and right now canned wine consumption is growing at a rate of approximately 6% year on year in Western Europe*, so we were pleased to collaborate with Ardagh to set up a dedicated wine canning line and be the first to provide for this growing market.”

Ardagh provided technical support for the line commissioning and set-up, as well as establishing criteria for wine compatibility testing. Greencroft Bottling chose to work with Ardagh because of its extensive track record in the wine industry and its unmatched expertise in wine-safe can specifications.

“The investment in our new canning line has been substantial, sourcing the best technology available and taking our time to do it right,” says Satchwell. “We’re a family business looking to the future, so it’s imperative we do things once and do them well.”

The resulting canning line at Greencroft Bottling’s facility in County Durham features a KHS Innofill Can C filler with a number of high-tech specifications:
  • 21 valves and a three-head Ferrum Seamer
  • Compact monoblock
  • Valve manifold integrated into the frame in a compact design
  • Hygienically designed filler carousel accessible for cleaning, disinfection & maintenance
  • Electromagnetic inductive flow metering for exact filling volumes
  • Hygienic, flavour-resistant seals in the filling valve
With the quality of the end product paramount, high-tech monitoring systems are built in throughout the process. These include:
  • X-ray fill level detection
  • Filler/seamer monitoring system
  • Dedicated CIP unit
  • High definition double seam analyser
  • Ionised air
Dirk Schwung, Sales Director at Ardagh Group Metal Beverage Europe, comments: “Our Customer Technical Service team has unrivalled depth of knowledge and experience – it’s an invaluable resource for customers who are looking to expand packaging formats in the way Greencroft Bottling has, or who need any kind of filling line support. We can help customers achieve time and cost savings, and make sure sensitive products are correctly handled and quality-protected, so we’re proud to have worked alongside Greencroft to create the first large-scale wine canning line in the UK.”

Thanks to a big investment in sustainable energy by its parent company, Lanchester Group, Greencroft’s bottling lines are powered by wind turbines. Aluminium cans are already a sustainable, uncomplicated packaging solution which appeals to all age groups and lifestyle choices – from the environmentally conscious Millennial through to Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers seeking convenience and variety – and Greencroft Bottling’s commitment to using renewable energy for its bottling and canning processes reduces the carbon footprint of each individual product even further.

“At Greencroft Bottling, we believe being carbon neutral is just the beginning,” says Satchwell. “Canning in aluminium is another major sustainability move. Aluminium is a permanent material and it recycles forever; a beverage can could be back on the shelf in just 60 days.”

Among the first customers to use the new facility is Greencroft Bottling’s sister company, Lanchester Wines. “It’s 100% in line with our strategy,” says Lanchester Wines’ director of sales, Mark Roberts. “We’re a family business that has sustainability at its heart.”

Lanchester Wines’ popular Nika Tiki Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc Rosé will be first down the canning line, followed by its Hacienda de Calidad Argentinian Malbec.

For more information on Greencroft Bottling’s canning line, please visit

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Mar 1, 2019

We’ve started work on our new wine bottling facility – Greencroft Two

Greencroft Two will become the world’s most sustainable wine bottling facility, powered entirely by renewable wind and solar power – and heated with wine!

So why are we building a new bottling facility? 

In recent years the Lanchester Group – which includes Greencroft Bottling and Lanchester Wines – has grown rapidly and requires more space for both the bottling facility and subsequent warehousing. Utilising additional space on the Greencroft Estate, we have brought forward by 12 months plans to develop a purpose built bottling facility of around 220,000 ft2 (20,439m2). With work set to be completed in 2020, this will be the most modern and environmentally sustainable wine bottling facility housing new filling lines and increasing capability to 400 million litres per year, from 200 million litres at present.

You can see the site in our drone footage on our website 

The good news is we’re not moving far – in fact, we’re staying within our Greencroft Estate and utilising land we already own. The video above shows where we’ve started clearing ground and developing foundations, close to our wind turbines. To the left you’ll see our truck park and in the background is Lanchester Wines and our current site. We’ll keep you updated with the build as it progresses.

We are working to incorporate a number of leading edge technologies designed to minimise our impact on the environment and start conversations about how businesses can pioneer changes within their organisations.

  • Sustainable Heat Generation
The new site will incorporate a sparkling wine capability. During this process the wine needs to be chilled – using a heat pump process we intend to take heat from the cooling of this wine to provide heat for the building. This has never been attempted before we will be the first business to pioneer this approach

  • Powered by Renewable Energy
Our facility will be powered by our wind turbines which feed directly into our on-site substations, with excess sold back to the National Grid – usually wind turbines feed into the grid and businesses ‘buy back’ power.
Install approximately 1,000,000 Watt of solar panels on the south facing roof which will generate 850,000 kWh per year
Together, these are sufficient to power our facility. This will be the first facility of this size not beholden to the National Grid

  • Energy Storage
We are working with battery manufactures to install an energy storage capability for times when renewable energy generation does not cover factory energy requirements (ie, days with no wind). We will be the first business to pioneer this approach

  • The build
We will be incorporating the latest design of modular steel frame building which varies the sections of the steel frame, putting strength only where it is needed. This highly efficient method of construction minimises steel requirements and is therefore more environmentally friendly

  • Visitor Centre
Our new facility will allow visitors to see the energy management systems and the factory operation while not impacting it in any way. We hope to achieve this with glass viewing platforms, glass corridors and glass plant room walls where appropriate. Visitor should be able to see the whole operation and how it runs without being in contact with any of it.

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