The quaint market town of Brackley, located in south Northamptonshire, holds its 5th annual wine festival this coming April. Growing in popularity, this fundraising event offers a fantastic day out for beginners and connoisseurs alike, set in a beautiful countryside location.
This picturesque town is a perfect rural getaway with a strong sense of community and tradition. Spurning high street invasion, shopping in Brackley is a localised experience. A variety of independent stores offer a friendly welcome and the chance to sample local produce. Its buildings portray historical heritage with notable architecture in the form of the medieval St. Peter’s Church and the Jacobean Brackley Manor House, now home to Winchester House preparatory school. In the centre of town stands the stately town hall. Built in 1706, it is a fine example of Georgian architecture and plays host to Brackley’s burgeoning wine festival.
This years festival, taking place on Saturday 26th April, will host ten stalls of small and independent wine merchants. Each stall will offer the opportunity to sample a range of wines from around the world, none of which can be found in mass production. Purchases can be made from each merchant in however small a quantity. Alongside five members of the Association of Small Direct Wine Merchants (ASDW) will be a number of local, independent dealers. These include Brackley’s very own ‘Brackley Wines Limited’, Oxfordshire based ‘Brightwell Vineyard’ and ‘The Grapevine’, located in nearby Culworth. Every stall offers expert advice on products favoured solely for their quality. Expert or novice, the festival will enhance your appreciation and knowledge of wine. Adding to local spirit, refreshments will be provided by Brackley Delicatessen, specialists in cheese, the perfect compliment to wine tasting. As a fundraising event, the festival is organised and hosted on an annual basis by Brackley Rotary Club.
Now in its 5th year, proceeds from the Brackley Wine Festival continue to support Rotary charities, funding a range of local community based activities and allocating funds to overseas projects. Last years festival raised over £900, helping to fund the ‘Friends of Mithuluni Village’ project, providing clean drinking water to the village of Mithuluni in eastern Kenya. This years proceeds will aid a number of Rotary charities including ‘NORPIP - Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership’, a charity supporting struggling parents to form a secure bond with their children.
Brackley has excellent transport links, lying just of the M1, a half hours drive from the Watford Gap Days Inn. Admission to the wine festival is £6 per adult. The event runs on Saturday 26th April, 12 noon - 6pm, at Brackley town hall.