Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited Chapel Down to celebrate our success in the 2014 UK Vineyards Association (UKVA) English and Welsh Wine of the Year Awards.

The Duchess, who is president of the UKVA and an ardent supporter of home-grown produce, was shown the winemaking facilities during harvest at Chapel Down. The Duchess participated in the harvest by hand-picking grapes, tasting fresh grape pressings and starting the production line of an exclusive wine, Chapel Down Cuvée Camilla, produced in honour of the visit.

The tour culminated in a private reception where the Duchess sampled Chapel Down wines, including the new vintage release of Chapel Down Three Graces 2009, and produce from local suppliers. The Duchess also unveiled two commemoratory silver-plated ice buckets dating back to the 1900s and signed the winery’s visitor book before being presented with a nebuchadnezzar of Chapel Down Cuvée Camilla. The 20ltr bottle will be donated to a charity of the Duchess’ choice.

The visit was organised to commend the winery on its outstanding performance in the UKVA English and Welsh Wine of the Year Awards earlier this year. Chapel Down was the competition’s most awarded producer, receiving five trophies and four Gold Awards, including the prestigious ‘Tom Day Trophy for Most Outstanding Single Varietal Wine’.