New village vineyard granted premises licence

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A new vineyard has been granted permission to use the site to sell the wine it produces.

Gawcott-based Charfor Wine Estate was given a premises licence by Aylesbury Vale District Council on Monday. There had been some local opposition to the plan over concerns of noise and disturbance to neighbours.

Applicant Tim Chafor said the terms of the licence, which allows alcohol to be sold Monday-Sunday, 9am-11.30pm and entertainment to run until 11pm, was ‘broad based’ to allow the vineyard to be creative in the way it operates.

He added they were looking forward to launching their first release, a 2013 vintage, during English Wine Week, May 24 to June 1, as well as holding the vineyard’s first open day on May 31.

He said: “English wine in general has changed a lot over the last 20 years, moving in to really high quality wine. It is competing with and winning awards against the best of the best around the world. English wine is in the ascendency but selling wine is still competitive.”

Mr Chafor said the limestone, clay and sand soil mix made Gawcott an ideal place to grow grapes, coupled with the area’s low rainfall figures and warm summers.

He is still waiting for the 2013 wine to be bottled to hold an official tasting but is confident it will be of a high standard.