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4 February, 2011 - 01:47 By News Desk

Chilford Hall Vineyard expecting a corking year

Chilford Wines & Bistro Manager, Vanessa Chamberlain

Award winning Chilford Hall Vineyard in Linton, Cambridgeshire is to reopen on Friday March 4 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 vineyard’s first red wine ‘Granta Valley’ went on sale in 2008 and was so popular it sold out within six weeks. The Granta Valley 2009 is in casks and will be on sale in spring.Judges from the East Anglian Wine Growers Association, including Masters of Wine, awarded eight accolades to Chilford Hall Vineyard last year, including East Anglian Wine of the Year 2010 for the Chilford Sparkling Rosé 2004. Chilford Hall will be hosting the prestigious EAWGA awards in July 2011.Chilford Wines & 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. The shop offers free onsite parking, an outdoor terrace, wine tasting, lunches, refreshments, new gift experience vouchers and a selection of wines and local produce for sale.Tours of the winery and tastings take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and on Bank Holidays at 10.30am and 3pm and cost £12.50 per person.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.”Advance group and coach party bookings are welcome, evening tours and tastings available by prior arrangement. Please contact Chilford Hall on 01223 895600 for further details.English Wine Week is Saturday May 28 to Sunday June 5.To find out more about Chilford Hall Vineyard visit www.chilfordhall.co.uk • PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Chilford Wines & Bistro Manager, Vanessa Chamberlain

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