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Midlands winemakers offer taste of New World

Published:  23 July, 2008

A winemaking company in the West Midlands is using grape juice and concentrate from overseas, but distinctly home-grown labels.

Beacon Valley Winery, in Great Barr, produces 1,500 bottles a month, some named after local Black Country landmarks.

Chris Hogg told the Express & Star newspaper: "We do all the fermentation, blending and bottling here. It's very much a Great Barr product."

He added that he had considered buying in grapes from a West Bromwich farm, but that the fruit is not produced in sufficient quantities.

Beacon Valley's wines include a Californian Zinfandel, a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, and an Italian Nebbiolo.