Founded by winemaker and journalist Chris Wilson, Gutter & Stars is set to start production this month
The winery has found its home in the basement of Grade II-listed Chesterton Mill, located about a mile from Cambridge city centre.
‘I’ve wanted to start my own winemaking business for some time,’ said Wilson, ‘but I never thought that it would be in the basement of a historic windmill in Cambridge.’
The windmill was built in the late 1840s and was used for over a century to produce grain and flour for Cambridge’s bakeries.
Wilson, who studied at Plumpton College and cut his winemaking teeth in California, Germany and the UK itself, is now planning to make a range of different styles using fruit from Missing Gate Vineyard near Chelmsford, in Essex’s Crouch Valley. French oak barrels and small tanks will be used for vinification and maturation.
‘Working in the wine trade as a journalist for a number of years I have visited countless wineries around the world, getting to know winemakers, techniques and beliefs along the way… I have a long list of dos and don'ts,' he explained. ‘I hope to tap into this experience here at Gutter & Stars, but I also want to make my own mark and produce wines with a nod to the very unique surroundings in which they are being made.’
Wilson aims to release more over 2,000 bottles in the first year, and increase production as the operation grows. The first wines are set to be released in spring 2021.