Our Story

The Alper family

The Chilford Hall estate has been in the Alper family since 1966 when it was bought by the late entrepreneur Sam Alper. Sam Alper had a keen interest in wine, art and sculpture and it is these interests which shaped the development of the estate making it a destination with a profound sense of individuality, wherever you look there is something of beauty and interest for each visitor.

Planting of the first vines took place in 1972, making Chilford Hall Vineyard one of the oldest established vineyards in England. Situated amongst the rolling chalk hills of the Cambridgeshire downs, the estate is a consistent producer of high-quality award-wining wines.

Expanding the vineyard

Since its first planting, the vineyard has grown in size and now covers more than 20 acres, comprised of 9 different vine varieties each chosen to perfectly match the climate and soil conditions of the estate. With more than a quarter of a century of expertise, Chilford Hall Vineyard is now a prime visitor attraction, producing more than 18,000 bottles of still and sparkling wine each year.

All of the wines produced on the estate are made exclusively from the grapes grown and harvested here in any given year. This means that each year the wines we produce have a slightly different blend and taste making it a unique drinking experience from one vintage to the next.


The estate produces high quality red, white, rosé and sparkling wines which have won numerous awards and accolades over recent years.