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 was quickly followed by a move to his current industry. It was his job at Harvey Nichols' wineshop that cemented his future in the wine.
A passion for wine & beer was converted to formal knowledge and experience under his excellent 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.
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.
Favourite wines: Vintage/BDN Champagne, Riesling, Assyrtiko, Albarino, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir
Other drinks: Craft beer, Whisky