During a visit to Wimborne a few years ago, a party from Wimborne’s twin town of Ochsenfurt in Germany presented a couple of vines as a gift, which were planted by the Wimborne-Ochsenfurt Twinning Bed in Park Lane. Other vines from Ochsenfurt had previously been planted in Redcotts Recreation Ground.
Last year, Broadstone wine maker Keith Bates agreed to harvest the grapes on behalf of the Wimborne-Ochsenfurt Twinning Association and the Town Council; his efforts have been rewarded. Last week, he entered a bottle of the wine in the medium/sweet category at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show and came away with a first place win. Keith also entered a number of other wines, and with a ‘raspberry liqueur’ he won the cup for best wine in the show.