About Us

Lovingly made wines from rural Worcestershire

Drone image of Astley Vineyard taken in 2020

One of the oldest commercial vineyards in the UK, Astley Vineyard was established in the lush Severn Valley in Worcestershire in 1971.

Our founders, the Bache family, were visionaries of their time. In the 1970s, English wine was a complete unknown, yet the family planted varieties such as Madeleine Angevine and Kerner long before their potentials were realised. Although the business was a significant undertaking (a 10 acre estate in total), we’ve heard many stories of Astley Vineyard being a popular party destination, complete with tennis court and outdoor swimming pool!

Jonty Daniels bought the vineyard in the early 90s, and crafted the vineyard’s reputation for the next 24 years. From an agricultural background, he and his wife professionalised the viticulture, and turned Astley Vineyard into a well regarded wine producer. It was at this point that our wines started to make a name for themselves. Jonty's sustained passion & dedication for the vineyard is the main reason our business still stands today.

When Jonty retired in July 2017, his mantle was passed over to the Haywood family.

Sharing Jonty’s vision for making our estate a truly special place, our family of four are working hard to move the vineyard onto the next stage of its illustrious life.

Our 5 acre vineyard produces between five and ten thousand bottles of wine per year. Our primary focus is still white wines, but we also produce a number of other products (sparkling/orange/late harvest) when the vintage is just right.

We hope you can visit to experience our boutique wines and our passion for where we live.

Meet
the
family

Astley Vineyard's winemaker

Chris Haywood
Winemaker, Sales, Events & Online

Tirelessly passionate and enthusiastic, Chris’s goal in life is to instill his love for wine in others. He is a keen Natural Wine drinker, a craft beer lover, foodie, and isn’t afraid of technology or innovation.

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Astley Vineyard's owner & vineyard manager

Tim Haywood
Owner, Vineyard & Estate Manager

Driven by boundless energy and determination, Tim is Astley’s owner & vineyard manager. A retired finance director with a passion for sustainability, nature, and the outdoors.

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Astley Vineyard's owner & admin manager

Bev Haywood
Owner, Business & Admin Manager

Astley’s jack-of-all-trades. Bev manages our tours, shop offering, and works closely with the local community. Loves books, art and design.

matleena

Matleena Haywood
Accounts, Viticulture & Estate Management

Astley’s account manager and assistant vineyard manager. A keen Crossfit'er, home baker, and foodie.

Otso Haywood

Otso Haywood
Lapphund Concierge

Otso is the latest addition to the Haywood family. A boundlessly friendly Finnish Lapphund.

Our heritage

Now in our 50th year, there’s a lot of history to celebrate here at Astley Vineyard. Witness our journey to becoming who we are today.

Astley Vineyard - old prices
A vineyard tour in 2019

VINEYARD TOURS

We love nothing more than sharing our passion and telling stories about the vineyard, so why not join us for a walk and a taste of our wines?​

OUR ETHOS

What is life without a purpose? We consider ourselves far more than just winemakers. Discover what makes us tick.

Chris talking to visitors on our tour, 2019
Astley, Worcestershire
Astley, Worcestershire

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