Tarporley wine merchants may offer a taste of quality

Head to Tarporley wine merchants and you may be able to sample wines from much closer to home than you might expect.

Less than half an hour away to the south-west, Carden Park is home not only to two 18-hole golf courses, but also one of the few vineyards to be found in Cheshire.

From here, two sparkling wines are produced - Carden Old Gold and Carden Old Gold Brut Rose - either of which you might find in stock at Tarporley wine merchants at the right times of year.

The vineyard is part of a flourishing English and Welsh wine industry, as noted by TV personality Olly Smith, who was recently awarded the title of Communicator of the Year by the UK Vineyards Association for his efforts to promote domestic wine.

He said: "Everyone in the UK should taste the local wines from our isles - with each passing year it seems that every sip is a snapshot of quality on the rise."

For those who haven't yet tried domestic varieties, it's as good a time as any to head to your local independent wine merchant or online wine shop, and find out what's in stock.