Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Haunted Vineyards

Having read Nick's Blog From Wags to Riches and discovered that Victoria Beckham is too petrified to enter her own vineyard at her holiday home in Bargemon in Provence due to the resident ghost, I decided to see if there were any other wine related hauntings out there!
The USA seems to abound with them – but given the Halloween festivities that Americans love that doesn't surprise me. There are Wineries in the States that open their doors for Halloween celebrations and there was even a themed Haunted Vineyard (now defunct) where people could enjoy(?) the horror.

There is a Niagara Wine Trail that advertises the ghosts as well as the wineries (Ghosts and Grapes) and The Winery at Marjim Manor is one of these. The Winery specialises in fruit wines and the house there was built in 1834 and is home to 6 ghosts, 5 human and 1 dog. One of the ghosts, Shubal Merritt, died on a Thursday at 3 o'clock and they have named their white grape and peach fruit wine Thursday Afternoon at 3. There's also a dry red Lord of the Manor wine, and the sweet red Lady of the Manor. The Trail hosts monthly events such as the Hallowine Murder Mystery, where you pick up a clue at each winery.

Well, if I saw a ghost on the Trail I would definitely need a drink so perhaps they have got their heads screwed on after all.

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