Cambridge’s first urban winery
Let’s put Cambridge’s Winelands on the map. Why not? There are quite a few excellent vineyards on our doorstep. On the 3rd of May, Cambridge’s first and only urban winery, Gutter & Stars, launched its first wine. A perfect outing for a May Bank holiday Monday.
About Gutter & Stars
Cambridge keeps surprising me. There is always something going on and new places to discover. Chesterton Mill is one of them! Take a right at the Carpenters Arms Pub on Victoria Road and make your way to the end of French’s Road. You’ll spot the Mill almost as soon as you have turned into this road. It’s part of a courtyard with small business units currently being re-developed for local businesses. The perfect location for a Cambridge boutique winery.
Gutter & Stars is the brainchild of journalist and winemaker Chris Wilson. Keen to start his own winemaking business, he finally found the right spot at the cool basement of Chesterton Mill. Chris produces here small-batch English wine sourcing his grapes from Essex, which produces excellent quality.
The first out of three wines to launch this year is Bacchus 2020, an early ripening grape perfect for early production wines and ideal to grow in cooler climates like England. It’s a popular grape grown in Germany, where it was created by crossing Silvaner and Riesling with Müller-Thurgau. This crisp, slightly fruity white wine has notes of white peach, gooseberry and delicate floral characters coming together with lanolin and lime to create an edgy, but well-rounded wine. It’s an excellent wine for a summer’s day. I was lucky enough to get hold of a box of the Bacchus 2020 and can’t wait to pop the cork at home.
Keen to check out Gutter & Starts yourself and catch up with Chris? The winery is open three days per week:
The wines are also available online.
Please note, this is a small-batch winery, so limited stock available.