The inscription translates as 'bottled in our garage', but who's garage? Well the bottle of wine was recently re-discovered in the cellar of Douglas Wallis, now living in France. Douglas and his wife Flora bought Harrington House in High Street, Badsey back in the 1970s, when it was in a dreadful state. It had previously been bought by a consortium of locals, whose intentions were to let the grade two building become derelict, knock it down, then build several houses in it's place, pocketing a tidy sum for themselves. However, Douglas bought the house from them, done it up, and the rest is history. The garage where the wine was bottled was next door at the manor. It was then occupied by local vet, Geoffrey Bowler, and it was he who created the Badsey Black wine. It is not known how many bottles were made, or if he grew the grapes at the manor, but it's proof that at least one bottle remains. Cheers.



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