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 sustainably 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 with a wide range of still and sparkling wines.
As featured in The Sunday Times and Eastern Daily Press – Norfolk vineyard named as one of the UK’s best – and you can even stay overnight
OUR ENGLISH WINES
Browse Chet Valley Vineyard’s range of artisan sparkling and still English wines, handcrafted with zero air miles using distinct varieties of cool-climate grapes grown in our family-owned sustainably accredited 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 and sustainable techniques optimised to our British terroir. From our award-winning ‘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.
Chet Winery Experience
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.
If you are planning a wedding do come and visit our sustainable vineyard to talk with us about the wide range of English wines we can offer to match your menu choices for your special day.
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.
Chet Wine Club
Chet Valley Vineyard’s Exclusive Wine Subscription
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 wine club is our ever-expanding, award-winning range of fine English wines, delivered in mixed cases of three wines, four times per year. However, members also have the opportunity to further explore the winemaking process, with access to annual 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.
9 months ago via Google
Lovely afternoon touring and learning about the vineyards and tasting the wines with locally produced nibbles. John is an excellent host and passes on technical information easily. A delightful way to celebrate a 60th birthday with a family group and even better being able to cycle through beautiful lanes in the sun to get there .
5 months ago via Google
Fantastic and certainly well worth a visit. John explained every aspect from the vineyard to the production of the wine making. Thank you so much for a very enjoyable experience.
8 months ago via Google
John was great the vineyard itself is lovely. Very informative. No pressure to buy anything after. A very relaxed and lovely day, we had blazing hot sunshine also which made it that even more special. Great work guys!
4 months ago via Google
Very knowledgeable info about the history, vines,wines and nice tour with tasting and nbbes. Lovely sparkling wines.....
6 months ago via Google
We had a wonderful day at Chet Valley! We hired the venue for a family party and enjoyed food and wine on the balcony overlooking the beautiful vineyard scenery. We particularly enjoyed the Horatio Rose Brut which was very refreshing on a hot summers day. We had an excellent tour of the vineyard with the owner, John who was very knowledgeable about not only the vines and the wine but also the local area and all things nature related. He was also very good with the children in our party. I’d highly recommend Chet Valley Wine and also Chet Valley as a venue to hire.
5 months ago via Google
Don't be deceived by the sunny photo below! A friend and I joined a Chet Valley vineyard tour earlier this year, and despite pandemic restrictions and a torrential downpour that even included hail at one point, John managed to pull off an engaging and fun event. It would appear nothing can dampen his enthusiasm. 😉 Chet Valley has a surprisingly wide range of wines of good quality. So if you are in or around Norfolk - or want an excuse to be - I highly recommend paying them a visit. (Warning: you will probably want to purchase a few bottles too...)