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Est. 1971

Some Background...

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Chris Haywood

Chris is Astley Vineyard's winemaker, and also manages our sales, trade customers, events and online.

From an early age, Chris knew he was passionate about food drink. A career in the music industry (performing, record labels & radio PR) was quickly followed by a move to food and drink. Ten years of music contacts were traded for free samples of brownies, gin and wine, and he has never looked back.

Chris's life was laid out before him when he moved to Harvey Nichols' wineshop in Knightsbridge.

A passion for wine & beer was converted to formal knowledge and experience under his passionate mentor and boss. Sadly, a promotion to their Buying Team was rejected due to his lack of WSET at this point, so that is exactly what he got next, and is arguable what led him here.

WSET Level 3 (Distinction), a Plumpton College winemaking course, and simply the opportunity (and desire) to experiment cemented the skills he needed to become Astley Vineyard's winemaker.

Low intervention and high skin contact techniques are increasingly applied across our boutique range of wines. Interest is prized above tradition; which has since awarded us places on Michelin Star wine lists across the country. He has also been a judge at wine competitions and public speaker at numerous public events.

Chris is also a passionate educator. If you would like to speak to him about training, consultation, private events or a wine concierge service, please get in touch.

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