Coggeshall: Hopes wine centre will boost tourism
THE first stage in the construction of a new wine-tasting centre in north Essex was celebrated yesterday.
Coggeshall’s West Street Vineyard is opening a custom-built barn where visitors will be able to learn about and sample locally-made wines.
Due to open next spring, it will also include a caf�, an automated wine- tasting wall showcasing 20 wines from East Anglia and the UK – including West Street’s own award-winning varieties – a restaurant and lecture rooms.
The eco-friendly timber building was manufactured in Germany and designed by British architects Snell David.
The boutique micro-vineyard was purchased by Jane and Stephen Mohan in 2009, who expanded the site from 800 vines to cover almost half of their 5.5-acre estate.
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It is hoped the new building will become a centre for English wine tourism and a popular visitor attraction for Essex.
Mrs Mohan said: “It was our ambition to provide visitors with an environment in which to relax, learn about and taste the variety and complexity of English wines with their friends and families.
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“English wines are special and over the last few years have become world-beaters, yet few of us have had the opportunity to try them – it is now our plan to change this.”