Wine season begins at Chilford Hall, which was ravaged by fire

Chilford Hall new marquee
Chilford Hall new marquee

A venue that was ravaged by an arson attack last year has opened its vineyard for the new wine tasting season.

Chilford Hall Vineyard in Linton opened on Saturday (March 2) for the new season, offering vineyard tours, wine tastings and a selection of gifts.

Last year the vineyard won the prestigious Wine of the Year 2012 award from the East Anglian Wine Growers’ Association in August, and scooped four further trophies and medals.

Glen Mejias, director and general manager of Chilford Hall, said: “English wine continues to impress wine experts around the world and following our Wine of the Year success in the East Anglian awards last year, sales remain high and our tours and tastings have become extremely popular with individuals and corporate groups.”

Wines cost between £10 and £12 and are availablefrom the onsite wine shop Chilford Wines and Bistro, open from 9.30am to 5pm from Thursday to Sunday and on Bank Holidays.

Call 01223 895600 or e-mail for more information.

The 400 year old barn at Chilford Hall – a popular wedding venue – was razed by Mark Hall and Thomas Richardson, both of Pipers Close, Haverhill, on June 13 last year.

The pair caused £4.5 million of damage and were jailed for four years and five years and four months respectively.

A temporary marquee that can hold 250 people should be up this month.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (March 14) Echo.