Sparkling wines from Yorkshire and Derbyshire launched for Christmas

Two new English sparkling wines have been unveiled from vineyards well away from the industry heartland of the south coast.

Kieron Atkinson - image: English Wine Project
Kieron Atkinson - image: English Wine Project

Leventhorpe Vineyard has launched Salmon Blush 2010, thought to be the first rosé sparkling wine ever produced in Yorkshire.

The delicate pink wine is a blend of Seyval Blanc, red Triomphe and Pinot Noir, all of which were grown on Leventhorpe’s two-hectare vineyard, which lies within Leeds' city boundaries.

Sold through selected outlets in the run-up to Christmas, it retails at £20-25.

Meanwhile a new sparkling wine made from Seyval Blanc grapes grown in Derbyshire will raise money for injured servicemen.

Sahagun from English Wine Project is named after the Battle of Sahagún of 1808, when the British Light Dragoons defeated the French cavalry during the Napoleonic Wars.

Winemaker Kieron Atkinson, himself a former captain in the Light Dragoons, said: "I am still close to my former regiment and with my new career saw the opportunity to raise money for its soldiers who have been recently wounded or killed in action."

It is released on 21 December, the 204th anniversary of the battle.


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