Vineyard adds Tour sparkle for air ambulance

YAA pilot Captain Harry O'Neill and paramedic Anthony Platt with Henry Wilson, his wife Heather, and children Tom Wilson and Alice Maltby from Little Wold Vineyard.
YAA pilot Captain Harry O'Neill and paramedic Anthony Platt with Henry Wilson, his wife Heather, and children Tom Wilson and Alice Maltby from Little Wold Vineyard.

A Yorkshire Wolds vineyard is toasting the Tour de Yorkshire and helping to raise vital funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).

The Little Wold Vineyard, near South Cave, has produced limited edition ‘Reet Brut Rose’ and ‘Reet Brut White’ sparkling wines to celebrate the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire, which passes through East Yorkshire on Thursday 3 May.

Just 100 bottles each of these special sparkling wines have been made, with £10 from the sale of every bottle going to the Tour’s official charity partner, Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Little Wold was launched eight years ago as part of a diversification scheme on the Wilson family’s farm.

The first crop was harvested in 2016, producing still and sparkling wine which secured bronze medals in the vineyard’s first wine competition.

An additional four acres of vines will be planted this year and the family intends to plant a further six acres in 2019, as well as adding a red to the Little Wold range.

Little Wold director Alice Maltby said: “We really wanted to support the Tour and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. We live in a very rural area and I also ride horses and know several friends who been helped by the charity.

“It’s a life-saving service that anyone could need at any time and it is very reassuring to know that they are there.”

YAA director of marketing and communications Abby Barmby said: “What the Little Wold Vineyard is doing to mark this year’s Tour de Yorkshire is absolutely wonderful.”

Visit www.littlewoldvineyard.co.uk for more details.