Welcome to Chet Valley Vineyard
Nestled in the sheltered, sun-soaked fields of Bergh Apton, South Norfolk, Chet Valley Vineyard’s single estate vineyard spans over 10 hectares of family-owned land, producing a sensitively maintained range of high-quality grapes, from champagne varieties to germanic crosses. Benefitting from the English vineyard’s rich terroir, alongside the skills of passionate winemaker John Hemmant, our carefully curated final bottles form a collection of award-winning artisan English wines year-on-year, from fruit-forward rosés to aromatic whites.
OUR ENGLISH WINES
Browse Chet Valley Vineyard’s range of artisan sparkling and still English wines, handcrafted using distinct varieties of cool-climate grapes grown in our family-owned English vineyard here in South Norfolk.
The grape varieties grown at Chet Valley Vineyard include Solaris, Phoenix, Schönburger, Chardonnay, and Seyval Blanc grown alongside reds such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Cabernet Noir, and Regent, using traditional techniques optimised to our British terroir. From our award-winning Charmat-style ‘Skylark’ wines and flagship Méthode Champenoise, ‘Horatio’, to our varietal stills including our ‘Redwing’ rosé, there’s a bottle in our range to suit every palette.
Meet John the Winemaker
Following a sustainable philosophy deeply rooted in respect for the natural elements of winemaking, John marries technical expertise with a distinctive sensitivity to the grape varieties at each stage of our unique process, challenging convention and capturing individual elements of varietal character, aromas, and flavours.
Chet Valley Vineyard’s head winemaker, John Hemmant, believes the value of our wine spans far beyond its exceptional taste, having aimed since planting the first vine in 2010 to deliver a diverse and immersive experience to casual visitors and aficionados alike, both within, and outside of the vineyard. Whether you’re seeking a hands-on tour at the centre of the action, an exclusive event venue, a unique British vineyard holiday in the English countryside, or even a guided tasting session from the comfort of your home: Chet Valley Vineyard has an offering for you.
THINGS TO DO
Tours & Tastings
Discover the places and faces behind our award-winning wines from amongst the vines or from the comfort of your own home with our range of guided tour and tasting options.
Chet Wine Club
Chet Valley Vineyard’s Exclusive Wine Subscription
The Wine Guild, the successor to Chet Valley Vineyard’s highly successful wine club, is a project close to the hearts of vineyard owners, John and Bridget. Designed with our most involved customers in mind, this exclusive membership offers the opportunity to get closer to Chet Valley Vineyard. As a member, you’ll be invited to experience the English vineyard’s permaculture first hand, meaning you’ll learn more about vine growing and winemaking.
For many, the highlight of the Guild is our ever-expanding, award-winning range of fine English wines, delivered in mixed cases of three wines, four times per year. However, Guild members also have the opportunity to further explore the winemaking process, with access to an annual Guild tour and wine tasting sessions. Memberships include invites to key winemaking events, places at an exclusive member’s harvest supper, and a 10% discount on all Chet Valley Vineyard wines and events.
English Vineyard FAQ’s
What is the difference between a winery and a vineyard?
To define these terms simply, a vineyard is generally defined as a plantation or plot of land designated to producing grapes for wine, whilst a winery is the building housing the wine production process. One may exist without the other, with many wineries known to purchase grapes from ‘outside’ or unassociated vineyards.
Chet Valley Vineyard houses both a vineyard and winery on site, working to produce award-winning wines from vine to bottle in a carefully constructed and refined internal process. Our guests may have the pleasure of discovering both our vineyard and winery during our regular tours and tastings. Discover more about our facilities and spaces on the winery page.
Does England produce wine?
Though England (and the United Kingdom in its entirety) is a large consumer of wine, it has previously been known as a minor producer, primarily due to its overarching cooler climate. Despite this previous perception, English wine is a growing sector, with many well-established vineyards across the country, including Chet Valley, Chapel Down, and Three Choirs producing a wide variety of award-winning wines year on year, available for purchase online, on-site, and even in national supermarkets.
Chet Valley, in particular, is placed in an ideal location for grape-growing and wine production, benefitting from some of the warmest and driest summers in the country, alongside a complex and perfectly suited terroir, featuring significant organic content. Combining traditional European techniques with bold infusions, Chet’s winemakers work to mould existing methodologies to the vineyard’s unique climate - resulting in fine, English wine.
Are there vineyards in England?
Though vineyards were once a rarity in England and the United Kingdom, according to WineGB, there are now over 500 working vineyards in the UK, with over half of this selection welcoming visitors in one form or another. Wherever you’re based, from Cumbria to Devon, you’re likely to be near a vineyard producing English wine.
Nestled in the sun-soaked hills of Bergh Apton, South Norfolk, Chet Valley Vineyard delivers both award-winning wines, and an exceptional visitor experience. With a keen focus on quality and sustainability, this well-established location delivers a range of on and off-site visitor activities, including tours, regular events, and virtual tastings.
Are wineries and vineyards the same?
Though vineyards and wineries are not the same, the two facilities often exist on the same site, under the same name, or in connection with each other. To put it simply, a vineyard produces grapes, whilst a winery produces wine.
A vineyard is generally defined as a plantation or plot of land designated to producing grapes for wine, whilst a winery is the building housing the wine production process.
Chet Valley Vineyard houses both a vineyard and winery on site, working to produce award-winning wines from vine to bottle in a carefully constructed and refined internal process. Our guests may have the pleasure of discovering both our vineyard and winery during our regular tours and tastings.
What is the best English vineyard?
Which is the ‘best English vineyard’ generally comes down to a matter of personal preference. With over 500 vineyards in operation across the UK, there’s an offering available for almost everyone, from polished commercial options, to small family businesses. Here at Chet Valley, we like to think that our vineyard offers an option for anyone.
Nestled in the sheltered, sun-soaked fields of Bergh Apton, South Norfolk, Chet Valley’s single estate Vineyard spans over 10 hectares of family-owned land, producing an award-winning range of sparkling and still fine English wine. Our vineyard and winery are family-friendly, and offer a range of popular activities throughout the year, including tours, tastings, harvests, talks, and suppers, alongside the opportunity to rent vines and produce your own wine.
For those unable to attend our activities in South Norfolk, we’ve created a range of safe, virtual offerings, including our virtual wine tasting kits and sessions.
Can you visit vineyards in the UK?
Though vineyard tourism and events, especially in England,are fast growing sectors, proving popular with visitors of all ages, visitor allowances for vineyards in the UK generally come down to decisions made by individual locations. According to WineGB, of the more than 500 operational vineyards in the UK, over half allow visitors in some form.
Vineyards with facilities and activities for visitors, such as Chet Valley Vineyard in Norfolk, often offer on-site tours, tastings, and a variety of open events, such as harvests, talks, and dinners.
What are the best things to do in Norfolk?
Located across the mid-east coast of England, the county of Norfolk enjoys a number of natural and man-made attractions. Featuring wide expanses of countryside, a beautiful coastline, and a national park, alongside historic villages, market towns, and of course the city of Norwich, there’s much to see and do. In addition to more traditional attractions such as Norwich Castle and Cathedral, alongside the city’s numerous theatres, restaurants, and shopping spots, Norfolk offers a range of more naturally inspired and interactive activities and sites, such as Chet Valley Vineyard.
This beautiful, family-friendly site produces many of the nation’s favourite English wines and offers a variety of vineyard tours, tastings, and events (such as the ever-popular annual harvest), alongside accommodation in the form of a converted cottage, placed amongst the vines themselves!
Where is my nearest wine tasting event?
Whether you’re located at the boundaries of the English border, the country’s southernmost sands, there’s bound to be a wine tasting event within reach, though, as a result of the ideal soils and climate, many of the UK’s most well-established and popular vineyards and tasting events are concentrated on or near the South East, including East Anglia.
Popular wine tasting locations within England generally include Kent, East Sussex, Cambridgeshire, Shropshire, Oxfordshire, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Norfolk, Perthshire, and Yorkshire.
Chet Valley Vineyard, located in the picturesque South Norfolk, are proud to offer both on-site and virtual wine tasting events, allowing wine lovers from across the country to get involved, and experience a guided tasting, led by the site’s head winemaker.
Where is my nearest vineyard?
With over 500 vineyards currently in operation across the UK, there’s bound to be a vineyard within your reach, though, as a result of the ideal soils and climate, many of the UK’s most well-established and popular vineyards and tasting events are concentrated on or near the South East, including East Anglia. When looking for a vineyard to visit, it’s important to do some preliminary research and establish the site’s opening times (they may be seasonal), the activities offered, and, of course, whether or not visitors are accepted.
Chet Valley Vineyard, located in the picturesque South Norfolk, are proud to welcome visitors throughout the year - with most events taking place throughout the main season of April to October. Offering a complete set of activities including tours, tastings, and events (such as the ever-popular annual harvest), alongside a selection of virtual offering for those looking to experience our wine but unable to travel.
What are the best outdoor attractions in Norfolk?
Located across the mid-east coast of England, the county of Norfolk enjoys a number of outdoor attractions. Featuring wide expanses of countryside, a beautiful coastline, and a national park, there’s much to see and do. In addition to more traditional attractions such as the Norfolk coastal path, and Norfolk botanical gardens, the county offers a range of unique and interactive activities and sites, such as Chet Valley Vineyard.
This sun-soaked, family-friendly site produces many of the nation’s favourite English wines and offers a variety of outdoor vineyard tours, tastings, and events (such as the ever-popular annual harvest), alongside picnic options! A unique outdoor experience, Chet Valley is the perfect place to spend a warm summer day.
2 weeks ago via Google
We recently tried Chet's delicious Red Kite wine for the first time and can thoroughly recommend it! A great treat, felt like we were temporarily on holiday! Looking forward to trying the Skylark too!
2 weeks ago via Google
John and Bridget were welcoming and engaging hosts for our wine tasting. Learnt lots on the tour and enjoyed tasting some really interesting wines. Left with several bottles! Would recommend.
a month ago via Google
We enjoyed a great afternoon at the Chet Valley Vineyard with an interesting tour and a fantastic tasting. Keep up the good work!
5 months ago via Google
We had a wonderful evening touring the vines and winery and learning about the wine making process. We also enjoyed tasting many of the delicious wines, along with a fabulous charcuterie spread. Bridget and John are very engaging and entertaining hosts and are passionate about the wine they are making, which shines through. We would highly recommend both the tour experience and the delicious wine.
5 months ago via Google
A wonderful place and wonderful wines. Skylark blush my particular favourite! John and Bridget are such welcoming and knowledgeable hosts. Thank you!