Leeds vineyard welcomes French winegrowers

GROWING CONCERN: Ian Doubtfire of Jet2, right, chats with George Bowden of Leventhorpe in his vineyard and Arnaud Isnard of Chateau Masburel.

GROWING CONCERN: Ian Doubtfire of Jet2, right, chats with George Bowden of Leventhorpe in his vineyard and Arnaud Isnard of Chateau Masburel.

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FRANCE may be known worldwide for its wine but West Yorkshire could be hot on its heels.

eventhorpe Vineyard in Woodlesford invited bosses from a Bergerac vineyard to taste the locally produced vintage for themselves.

George Bowden, owner of Leventhorpe, met Arnaud Isnard from Château Masburel who sampled the West Yorkshire wine at the start of English Wine Week.

George said: “While winegrowing in Yorkshire might seem unusual to some people, wine has been produced in the region since the 16th century so we’ve certainly got some good heritage.”

Arnaud Isnard, manager of Château Masburel, said: “The wine is something we can share and is a symbol of a link between two regions.”

The meeting coincides with the start of Jet2.com’s weekly flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Bergerac.

On his first day of the job, new Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Rev Canon Alan Taylor also joined the wine connoisseurs for a wine tasting and tour around the vineyard.

He said: “Anything that is going to build bridges between people is wonderful.”

Managing director of Jet2.com, Ian Doubtfire, said: “This is an excellent initiative which highlights the strengths of both regions.”

Leventhorpe has been producing wine for 25 years including white, sparkling and red varieties.Château Masburel produces red, white, rose and sparkling wine including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.

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