Ladbrokes and William Hill predict which English wines will be served at the royal wedding
Earlier this year we teamed up with bet-maker Ladbrokes to bring you the odds on red, white, and sparkling wines that will be served at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
English wine, and in particular fizz, has gained a lot of attention from the royal family in recent years.
Buckingham Palace staff have revealed that bowl food made up from ‘classic dishes’ created from seasonable British produce will served to guests during the lunchtime reception, according to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).
And while some details are starting to come through, the wines to be served remain a mystery.
The WSTA recently sent a hamper filled with English sparkling wines to Harry and Meghan in a bid to “help them chose something made on UK soil,” according to a note sent out on Thursday 17 May.
And what’s more, Ladbrokes has re-issued its odds on royal wedding wines, alongside William Hill which is also making predictions on English sparklers the pair will toast with on Saturday.
Keep scrolling to find out the bookies’ favourites to be served this weekend.
Chapel Down is still the hot favourite to represent English wine at the impending nuptials, and rumours have abounded for months that it will become one of the royal family’s go-to producers for special occasions.
It was widely reported that Prince William and Catherine Middleton served Chapel Down’s award-winning Rosé Brut at the reception of their royal wedding in 2011 to celebrate British producers.
The Kentish winery was also the sponsor of one of the races at Ascot’s Festival of Food and Wine Raceday last year. Some 5,000 bottles of its English sparkling wine were sold to punters at Royal Ascot last summer.
Ladbrokes have issued odds on Chapel Down of 2/1, while William Hill is even more certain giving the winery evens.
Another contender for the wedding breakfast is Nyetimber.
However, the royal family wants to avoid a scandal at all costs, and Nyetimber has a slightly choppy relationship with London’s high society. The winery was blacklisted by The Savoy last year after its owner, Eric Heerema, allegedly smashed glasses and insulted bar staff at a drinks reception.
Still, the bookies have high hopes for the Sussex drinks maker. Ladbrokes put Nyetimber’s sparklers at 3/1, but the odds are longer with William Hill at 4/1
Another high-profile English fizz-maker, Camel Valley in Cornwall has secured some high-profile partnerships in the past few years. It became the first English wine producer to be granted a royal warrant in February, and also earned a place on British Airways First Class’ drinks menu in November.
Camel Valley is on at 5/2 with Ladbrokes, meanwhile William Hill puts the Cornish winery on 3/1.
The first vines at Dorset estate Furleigh were planted around 13 years ago. Now some 53,000 vines are spread across three site, producing around 40,000 bottles of sparkling wine per year.
Furleigh Estate’s classic cuvée gets 5/1 from Ladbrokes, but William Hill’s odds are more than double the length at 12/1.
Another name to watch is Hattingley Valley, which has been bottling fizz near Winchester since 2008. It recently caught the attention of British MW duo Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, who teamed up with Hattingley last year to produce “a top-notch, small-production Hampshire Blanc de Blancs” from the 2016 vintage, donating the proceeds to charity.
Classic Cuvée from Sussex gets 14/1 from William Hill, but Ladbrokes likes its chances with a shorter 6/1.
Also from Sussex, Ridgeview’s sparklers are on at 8/1 with Ladbrokes, and 12/1 at William Hill.
Could Hampshire winery Hambledon become favourite weekend break spot for LA-born Ms Markle? In a move that would make both biodynamic producers and fitness freaks proud, the drinks maker started offering a programme of seasonal yoga retreats in January designed to mirror the growth cycle of grapevines.
Hambledon Classic Cuvée rosé gets 16/1 from William Hill, but Ladbrokes facies its chances better with odds of 8/1.
William Hill gave Gusbourne’s Blanc de Blancs 2013 from Kent respectable but outsider odds of 12/1, but Ladbrokes was less certain with a longer 16/1 offering.
Despite receiving a royal visit of its own last week, Sussex-based Rathfinny was the outsider for both bookies. Ladbrokes gave it 16/1, while it trailed on William Hill at 25/1.