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Wine writer Chris Wilson launches Cambridge's first urban winery

Wine writer Chris Wilson recently established his first urban winery in Cambridge, housed in an old mill, and he hopes to start producing his first wines later this month.

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This small winery, Gutter Stars Wines, is located in the basement of a Grade II listed winery, less than a mile from the center of Cambridge.

Built in the late 1840s, it was more than 100 years old and prepared flour for the city"s bakeries, but it closed more than 60 years ago until Wilson (who lives just 10 minutes away) chose it as the base for his new project.

Wilson said he is excited about bringing production equipment back to the Chesterton facility for the first time in more than 60 years, albeit with a different function than the plant originally had.

With a degree in oenology from Plumpton College and practical winemaking experience in California, Germany and England, Wilson says he has always aspired to start his own wine business.

But, he adds, I never thought it would one day be in the basement of a historic factory in Cambridge.

Wilson will source grapes from the neighboring Missing Gate Vineyard in Essex County, where the first shipment is expected to arrive later this month and then continue through October.

These wines will be very small batches, with a total of about 2,000 bottles produced in the first year, and this number will increase over the next few years.