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Everything looking rose for wine students

Forget your French Chardonnay, Italian Prosecco or South African Pinotage, your next lockdown tipple could be something from rather closer to home.

The Royal Agricultural University has added a rose version to its Cotswold Hills dry white wine, which is harvested at the university's vineyard in Down Ampney.

Students are involved throughout the process from grape to shop with 75 outlets sticking the white version, including Gloucester Services and Midcounties Co-op.

The new rose has been produced at the Three Choirs Vineyard at Newent by Martin Fawkes with label artwork designed by his fellow former student Sophie Cotton O'Meara.

In its fourth year, Cotswold Hills is a student-run social enterprise which provides students with the opportunity to learn about vineyard management, grape varieties, wine production, marketing and finance.

First year undergraduate Patrick Lane, the retail lead for Cotswold Hills, said: "I am very pleased we now have a fruity rose in our product range, all the better that it is just in time for the summer."

Produced from Rondo and Oretga grapes, the rose is available to order online via the RAU Shop in cases of six or 12.

Proceeds go towards the RAU's Enterprise Programme to support students wanting to start their own businesses.

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