About Chris Haywood


Chris is Astley Vineyard’s winemaker, and also manages our sales, trade customersevents and online.

​From an early age, Chris knew he was passionate about food & drink. A short career in the music industry was followed by a move to his current industry. ​An inspiring job at Harvey Nichols' wineshop defined his career.

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 desire to experiment cemented the skills he uses today.

​Innovation & experimentation 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.

​Chris is a passionate educator. If you would like to speak to him about staff training, consultation or private events, please get in touch.

Favourite wines: Vintage Champagne, Riesling, Assyrtiko, Albarino, South African Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sherry

Other drinks: Craft beer, Whisky

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