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 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 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. 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