Belvoir Castle in talks to create own wine-producing vineyard on historic estate
The Belvoir Castle estate could become home to a large vineyard producing a heritage-special brand of wine.
The Duchess of Rutland is currently involved in early talks with a leading producer of English wine about the creation of a four acre vineyard in the grounds of the historic castle.
The estate is looking to team up with Staffordshire-based Halfpenny Green Vineyards, which has been producing wines for 30 years and supplies some of its produce to leading retailer Marks & Spencer.
The details were released on the social media site Twitter by Belvoir Castle and Halfpenny Green Vineyards.
But afterwards Belvoir Castle would only add in a statement: “The plans are in early stages and we don’t have any information on it at the moment.”
Ben Godbehere, sales and marketing assistant at Halfpenny Green Vineyards, said the talks were at a very early stage.
Halfpenny Green Vineyards currently supplies some of its wines for sale in the castle shop but also offers a vineyard consultancy service.
Mr Godbehere said: “One of our directors has spoken to the estate about the possibility of creating a vineyard in the castle grounds.
“But it is a very long process. From the planting of the vines to the production of grapes can take a few years.”
However, the market for English wines is growing in the UK and abroad.
As with the popularity of locally produced beers, buyers are attracted by locally grown and produced wines that have a good name and story attached to them.
Mr Godbehere said: “Belvoir Castle is a good name and already has a great historical story attached.”