Fort Chapard To Revive Ancient Vineyard

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Fort Chapard Hotel has announced that it will be reviving the ancient vineyard in its grounds and begin producing its own-label wines.

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This is a very exciting possibility for the hotel. I would like nothing more than to be able to suggest our very own wines to diners. The soil is good, the climate is good and we have the technology and expertise in place to make this happen.

Fort Chapard Hotel has announced that it will be reviving the ancient vineyard in its grounds and begin producing its own-label wines. The hotel, which is currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation programme, will incorporate the vineyard into the everyday running of the hotel.

Hotel guests will be able to tour the grounds and watch the grape harvest and winemaking processes, at relevant times of year. The vineyard will also be open to non-guests and regular tours will be available, including wine talks and tastings. Fort Chapard is also planning to offer special ‘Wine Lover’s Weekend’ packages, which will include accommodation, dinner in the Moat restaurant and a wine tour and tasting.

The ancient vines were originally part of the fortress estate and wine was produced here for decades, until the fort descended into disrepair and was abandoned. The new owners of the exclusive Fort Chapard Hotel were thrilled to discover the existence of the vineyard when the gardens were cleared and landscaped and they made the decision to keep the vines. Specialist horticulturalists have been employed to bring the vines back to full grape production however, it will be a number of years before there is a harvest of sufficient volume and quality to produce wine. It is hoped that eventually the wine will be good enough to be served in the Moat restaurant. Sommelier, Jean Paul Levine, remains optimistic that he will be pouring out Fort Chapard Pinot Noir to customers in years to come. “This is a very exciting possibility for the hotel. I would like nothing more than to be able to suggest our very own wines to diners. The soil is good, the climate is good and we have the technology and expertise in place to make this happen.”

The owners of the hotel have taken on a number of consultants to ensure that every aspect of the wine making process is of the highest quality. The hotel will be aiming for top-end market share and every aspect of the refurbishment and running of Fort Chapard is being given the five-star treatment.

ABOUT: Fort Chapard is a luxury hotel being renovated in the grounds of a 19-century fortress. The remains of the original fort stand close to the hotel.

All enquiries regarding the vineyard and the wines of Fort Chapard should be emailed directly to Reputation 24/7.

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