‘My wife is a great red wine enthusiast!’ Charles jokes at Austrian vineyard with Camilla
THE Duchess of Cornwall showed off her knowledge of fine wines today as Prince Charles admitted he struggled to keep up with the industry’s jargon.
Camilla, the daughter of a wine merchant and now the president of the UK Vineyards Association, identified her Zweigelt Thorsaulen 2014 red wine as having a “slight peppery taste”.
Her husband, the Prince, laughed: “I always find it so difficult, the words you experts use to describe – all these adjectives.”
The royal couple were visiting the Weinbau Buscheschank Obermann vineyard in Vienna, where they were given a tour of the family business and tasted local food and wine.
They were in Vienna on the last day of a nine-day European tour.
After sampling red and white wines grown at the vineyard on site, they were given a small selection of newly-grown vines to take home as gifts.
I always find it so difficult, the words you experts use to describe – all these adjectives
As Charles wondered aloud over whether the soil in Britain would suit the vines, the Duchess assured him the chalky soil in the south of England would suit it well.
“I bow to your knowledge of these things,” the Prince told her affectionately.
“My wife is a great red wine enthusiast,” he added, standing in the cellar of the vineyard.
The couple were introduced to several wines by Martin Obermann, owner of the vineyards, and his son Lorenz, 19, who was translating.
The family have owned the vineyard for five generations, and use no chemicals on their plants, explaining: “We want to leave healthy nature for future generations.”
The Prince and Duchess went on to try a selection of local produce, including cured meats, cheeses and bread.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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