WINE produced from grapes grown at a vineyard near Chester will be given away at an event aimed at promoting ‘Cheshire Plc’.
Visitors to the Celebrate Cheshire event on September 16 and 17 will be given a free glass of Carden Old Gold.
This is a vintage created from the fruits of one of Europe’s most northerly commercial vineyards, located within the grounds of Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa.
Hotel general manager Hamish Ferguson said: “What better way to ‘Celebrate Cheshire’ than to toast our wonderful county with a glass of wine from the region. We’re delighted to be taking part in the event and hope it will generate a buzz about the many fantastic places there are to stay in Chester.”
The aim of the not-for-profit event is to celebrate Cheshire’s existing business offer and show potential opportunities for further investment.
The three-acre Carden Park vineyard has gone from strength to strength since its revival in 2006 following a six-year break.
The vineyards were re-established when property entrepreneur Steve Morgan, of Carden Hall, Clutton, bought back the hotel he had previously sold to De Vere.
Carden ‘Old Gold’ is named after the famous ‘Old Gold’ colours of Wolverhampton Wanderers football club, owned by Mr Morgan, who is also chairman of UK housebuilder Redrow Homes, and exclusively sold at Carden Park and Wolves’ Molyneux ground.
The main grape variety grown is Seyval Blanc, which is particularly well suited to the British climate and produces a light, nutty and crisp sparkling wine. Last year, the vineyard produced the equivalent of about 6,000 bottles of sparkling white wine.
The vineyards, part of the 1,000-acre Carden Park estate, are open to visitors.