The Royal Family to make wine· Wine News
May 6th, 2011 | By Jayson Bryant | Category: Wine News
It has been formerly announced that the British Royal Family are to embark on making wine. The wine style of choice is sparkling wine. The vineyard will be planted with the champagne grape varieties of chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir
More than 16,000 vines will be planted next week in Windsor Great Park, the former hunting park of Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite residence Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, southeast England. Prince Phillip will be actively involved in vine planting.
Simon McMurtrie, the chief executive of the Direct Wines mail order wineseller which owns Laithwaites, said: “Laithwaites Wine is extremely proud to be invited by The Royal Farms to plant vines at Windsor Great Park.
“As champions of English wine we are delighted to do what we can to help boost its production and popularity in this country at this time.
“This exciting project is just at the seedling stage for now. We will announce more detail as it grows.”
I see this as a great fir for Prince Charles, who has long been an advocate for all things green. I would expect the vineyard to be organic and possibly biodynamic. Its first fruit should be harvested in Autumn 2014.