Exton Park Vineyard

Archives: July 2017

Just Rewards

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Most of our focus at Exton Park is on growing fantastic grapes and making great wine – some of the best in the country – and then making sure that everyone can buy it. Sometimes though, we like to reward typically English sporting achievements, particularly those unsung heroes of the lesser-known competitions.

We are often asked to donate our wines as prizes, and every now and then we choose something worthwhile or unusual to support. Here are some of the events where Exton Park wines have been offered as the top award so far this year:

Out in the Cold

In February, Exton Park wines, including our sought-after Rosé NV magnums, were donated as prizes for the Inter-Services Championships at the infamous Cresta Run in St Moritz – a keenly-fought contest that dates back to the 1950s. And those brave men and women, who triumphed in hurtling down sheer ice at around 80 miles per hour deserved every single sip.

No need to chill these bottles – the Swiss snow and ice does it for us!

Help for Heroes

We were delighted to be able to support a very special event at Tidworth Polo Club at the end of May – Heroes Polo Day, against the poignant backdrop of the Help for Heroes rehabilitation centre at Tedworth House, and attended by record crowds. The opening match, for The Duke of York Cup, was the traditional contest between the RAF and the Royal Navy – won in style by the RN team, whose captain Lt Cdr Steve Spiller had only returned from Afghanistan 24 hours earlier!

The Duke of York Cup presented to the winning Royal Navy Blue Jackets Team by Commodore Adrian Aplin OBE.

Jumping Through Hoops

Well, passing through them at speed!  Did you know that the largest Croquet Tournament in the world takes place at Oxford University every year?  No, we didn’t either. So we jumped at the chance to become involved this summer term. Over 2,000 students took part in the knockout ‘Croquet Cuppers’ contest, making it the University’s largest sporting event in terms of participation. Throughout May and June, teams of four players pitted their skills against each other on Oxford’s college lawns, until the eventual winners were decided. New College triumphed over Lincoln to receive the silver trophy from Quiller Barrett, President of the National Croquet Association. And Exton Park was on hand to reward them too. It’s thirsty work, all this roquetting…

The 2017 Croquet Cuppers, the victorious New College team of Ru James, Declan Manning and Alex Dwornik – led by captain Alexander Talbot – with their presentation boxes of Exton Park wine.

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