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.

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.”

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