- Children Welcome
- Disabled Access
- Dogs Welcome
- Tours Available
- Winery on Site
- Open by appointment
Open by appointment; please call before travelling
- Booking required
- No Self-Guided Tour
- First Wines Coming Soon
- Help with Harvest
- Rent a vine
Postcode: NR15 1BT
Tel: 01508 333002 or 07716 875235
Chet & Waveney Valley Vineyard began life as a traditional farm; the vineyard is in Bergh Apton, a very rural location in Norfolk, close to the border with Suffolk.
The vineyard is part of the Proudly Norfolk group. This reflects the fact that all of the processes are Norfolk based – grapes harvested in the family-run vineyard are pressed and fermented into wine, which is bottled and labelled on site in Bergh Apton. Wine tours, tastings and sales are run from the winery.
The local terroir of gravel with underlying boulder clay (clay with chalk bits within) has produced many great wines in the vicinity and a variety of grapes is grown here with the intention of creating a sparkling rosé.
Owners John & Bridget are entirely hands-on; John is the son of a Norfolk Farmer and his brother Paul now runs the family farm in nearby Sisland. John has diversified into vinegrowing and wine making on his Uncle Fred’s land in Bergh Apton. He has a degree in chemistry and his roots are firmly in Norfolk. Bridget works part-time for the NHS in Norfolk and part-time at the UEA teaching medical students; their young daughter is already starting to take in interest in the vineyard and wine making process.
The annual grape harvest is a family event, all ages are welcome to take part and entry is free. Neighbours, friends and family are invited to join the team for harvest, typically between mid September and mid October, varying by year depending on how the weather has been. Grape picking is fun and there is no heavy lifting involved – the vineyard team will take care of moving the filled trays of grapes. Bring family and friends with you to catch up and gossip through the vines whilst you work. To join in, contact Bridget and John. Hot drinks and refreshments will be provided and in the evening there will be a buffet supper served with a glass of Chet and Waveney Valley wine.
From Norwich, take the A146 to Thurton (9 miles). Pass through Thurton and continue a further half mile until the road drops and into a dip, you will see a gate house on your left, turn right here down Nursery Road. Follow the road onto Loddon Rd past two triangle junctions on left and right (500 metres apart), pass a further left hand turn, continue until you see vines growing on the right, we are down the drive on the right sign-posted Chet and Waveney Vineyard, the winery is behind a cream coloured farmhouse called The Harriers.
Take the X2 from Norwich Surrey Street Station and get off at Thurton. It is possible to walk from the George and Dragon (1 mile), passing up Whiteheath Road, turning left at the T junction and walking past the telephone box, the vineyard is on the left sign-posted Chet and Waveney Valley Vineyard.