WINE produced from grapes grown at a vineyard near Chester will be given away at the Celebrate Cheshire event on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17.
Visitors to the Chester and Cheshire Hoteliers Association stand will be given a free glass of Carden Old Gold, 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.
Carden Park is one of several hotels to be manning the stand, but the only one to be offering visitors a taste of its very own wine.
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 two-day event is to promote the “Live, Invest, Work and Learn in Cheshire” vision of its organisers Marketing Cheshire.
The first day is aimed at local businesses, who will be given the opportunity to get to know other companies in the area and attend a number of free seminars.
The second day is aimed at Cheshire’s local residents, visitors and employees. There will be fun activities during the day such as kite demonstrations, a scrapheap challenge and cookery master classes.
As well as handing out free wine, representatives from Carden Park will also be talking to local businesses and people about the opportunities available at the four-star resort.
The three-acre Carden Park vineyard, which produces Carden All Gold, 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 bought back the hotel he had previously sold to De Vere.
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 close to eight tonnes of Seyval Blanc grapes, equating to around 6,000 bottle of sparkling white wine.
This year’s crop is due to be harvested in early November, when their sugar content is at the perfect level for transforming the fruit into wine.
Hotel general manager Hamish Ferguson said: “We’re hoping for another bumper crop this year following five years of hard work by the estates team to bring the vineyards back to their best.”
Carden 'Old Gold' is named after the famous 'Old Gold' of Wolverhampton Wanderers and is exclusively sold at Carden Park and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, also owned by Steve Morgan, who is executive chairman of UK housebuilder Redrow Homes.
Part of the 1,000 acre Carden Park estate, the vineyards are open to visitors and hotel guests can sample the 2009 vintage currently on sale.
For more information about facilities at Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa visit www.cardenpark.co.uk or call 01829 731000 to speak to a member of the events team.