The Chet & Waveney Valley Vineyard began life as a traditional farm; the tasting rooms originally stabled the horses of Fred Hemmant, a well-known horseman and connoisseur of stirrup cups. The vineyard is located in the Chet valley in Bergh Apton, situated close to the Norfolk/Suffolk border. John, the winemaker, and his wife Bridget are growing several different types of grapes, that are used for making premium award winning English Sparkling wines. John personally runs tours of the family run vineyard and winery with tastings of his Chet Valley wines with local Norfolk cheese and charcuterie.
The Chet Vineyards picturesque setting and terroir offers a unique climate. The high UK average sunshine hours of Norfolk together with the lowest rainfall in England ensure good ripening of the grapes. The sea breezes give rise to a low incidence of vine disease, allowing the grapes to ripen beautifully.
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Owner and winemaker John Hemmant is the son of a local Norfolk Farmer. He has diversified his farmland and planted a vineyard which is nestled in the Chet Valley in the Sunny and sheltered village of Bergh Apton. This family run Vineyard and winery produces award winning quality English Sparkling wine plus still white, and rosé wines. John offers vineyard tours and wine tastings of his hand crafted Norfolk wines.