Pop over the Pennines to buy wine for the Tour de France

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If the idea of sitting in a vineyard watching the Tour de France whizz past sounds like an idyllic way to spend a summer weekend, you don't need to pack your passport in order to enjoy the cycling spectacle - and you can still buy wine on your way.

This year, the Tour's 'Grand Depart', the opening stage of the race, is taking place in Yorkshire, passing through Leeds, Harrogate, York and Sheffield before travelling south to Cambridge and London, and on to the continent.

And Yorkshire's wine producers are getting into the spirit of things too, with Holmfirth Vineyard among those hosting a weekend of events to celebrate the start of this year's race - and to prove that English winemakers can rival those of the Tour's homeland.

For those of you spending some time in Yorkshire over the Tour's opening weekend on July 5th-6th, it's worth considering a trip along the picturesque route over the Pennines - just take the A628 west towards Manchester, and Holmfirth is less than 20 miles from our Marple Bridge store.

Or if you're catching the Tour as it whizzes through Sheffield, either the A57 or the A6 can get you to our Buxton store, a distance of less than 30 miles that should give you an hour's gentle drive over the hills.

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