Award winning Chilford Hall Vineyard in Linton, Cambridgeshire is to reopen on Friday 4 March for the new 2011 season with winery tours, wine tastings, wine sales and refreshments. The 18-acre vineyard is managed by Chilford winemaker Mark Barnes, and has traditionally produced high quality sparkling and still white and rosé wines since 1975. The first vines were planted by the late entrepreneur Sam Alper back in 1972.
The vineyard’s first red wine Granta Valley went on sale in 2008. The Granta Valley 2009 is in casks and will be on sale in spring this year.
Chilford wines and bistro manager, Vanessa Chamberlain, says: “This season we will continue to offer visitors our informative tours and tastings, along with a delicious new lunch menu and all day refreshments as well as expanding shop lines to include a wider range of local produce and gifts.”
Chilford Wines and Bistro is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays between March and October from 9.30am to 5pm.
Glen Mejias, director and general manager at Chilford Hall, says: “English wine is becoming more talked about and more popular in general, and our wines are flying off the shelves as shoppers turn to local family owned suppliers in their search for UK made quality produce. In this exciting new season, we will be launching our new Granta Valley red wine and look forward to celebrating Chilford Hall Vineyard’s 40th birthday in 2012.”
Chilford Hall will be hosting the prestigious EAWGA awards in July.