Deep in the Heart of England
Once the most northerly vineyard in the world, Astley Vineyard was established in the lush Severn Valley in Worcestershire in 1971.
The original founders, the Bache family, were visionaries of their time; planting varieties such as Madeleine Angevine and Siegerrebe decades before its potential in England was realised. Many of these vines still stand - including our unique 49 year old Kerner - providing us with almost unrivalled maturity and heritage.
With just 5 acres under vine, we are a boutique producer that strives to produce elegant wines full of character. Astley's main focus is on still white wines, but we also produce a sparkling made from our Kerner and occasionally a Late Harvest wine.
Jonty Daniels - a legend amongst small English wine producers - owned and crafted the vineyard's reputation for over 24 years, and so when he retired in July 2017, his mantle was passed over to the Haywood family. Sharing his vision for quality wines that exude passion and love, the family of five have a great many ideas for the future of this little vineyard.
Click here to read Cherry Constable's perspective on our story.
It's a Family Affair
Meet the Family
Winemaker, Sales& Online
Chris's enthusiasm for life is hard not to notice.
Fresh out of 2 years at a luxury wine shop and WSET Level 3 qualified, Chris is Astley's wine man.
Accounts, Viticulture & Estate management
Astley's account manager, viticulturist & assistant landscape manager. A fitness and well-being fanatic with a passion for the outdoors.
Owner, Viticulture & Estate management
Astley's owner, vineyard manager, and bundle of energy and determination. A recently retired Financial Director with a passion for sustainability and nature.
Landscape & Social Enterprise
Astley's resident Landscape Architect and artist. Daisy lends her creative eye to projects and looks after the woodland and garden.
Owner, Business & Viticulture
Astley's jack-of-all-trades. A keen gardener, community leader, and caring mother. The lynch pin that holds everything together.
Otso is the latest addition to the Haywood family and vineyard team. A Finnish Lapphund puppy.