The Wine School of Cheshire hosts a showcase event at Restaurant 1539

Chester Racecourse the venue for spectacular 'Grape Off' event!

Cheshire’s very own wine school, The Wine School of Cheshire, will be celebrating everything wonderful about English wines this June, as its founder invites guests to join him and his team at Restaurant 1539 for a very special showcase event for English Wine Week.

English Wine Week is a national campaign, designed to raise awareness of English wine. There is a wide range of activities taking place across the country - involving retail and leisure outlets, as well as the vineyards themselves.

This year, The Wine School of Cheshire is embracing the city of Chester’s close proximity to the Welsh border to include Welsh wines within its annual feature event for English Wine Week.

The Chester-based wine school will be hosting ‘The Great British Grape Off’ at Restaurant 1539, overlooking Chester’s historic racecourse, on Saturday 3rd June.

Richard Smith, the wine school’s founder, commented: “I was thrilled to work with the English Wine Producers at RHS Tatton Park last summer where I met Colin and Charlotte Bennett of Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard where they featured their first release of wines from their own vineyard in North Wales.

“Afterwards, I thought what a fantastic idea it would be to introduce these wines to Cheshire and what better way than to include them in English Wine Week, enabling my guests to enjoy a complete taste of British wine in one enjoyable afternoon out.” 

There are around 500 vineyards in England and Wales and a selection of the best will be on tasting at this entertaining event in Chester, expected to include wines from The Ridgeview Estate (supplier to both Buckingham Palace and Downing Street) Chapel Down and The Gusbourne Estate.

The Wine School of Cheshire prides itself on always featuring affordable wines which are available from local retailers. The wine school does not sell wine, thereby allowing guests to attend without the worry of any sales pressure at the end of the event.

The Wine School of Cheshire’s signature Saturday wine tasting afternoons in Chester always include a four-course gourmet lunch by Restaurant 1539’s Executive Chef Daniel Speak, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy the very best of wine and food pairing in a relaxed atmosphere.

Dining events are usually limited to just 14 guests, offering the feeling of an intimate dinner party with good friends.

Spaces for ‘The Great British Grape Off’ are £80 per person and tickets can be purchased on The Wine School of Cheshire’s Chester web page at:

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