April 5th, 2017
The 163rd Boat Race and the 72nd Women’s Boat Race took place yesterday, Sunday 2nd April 2017, with Oxford claiming victory in the Men’s Boat Race and Cambridge victorious in the Women’s. The winning teams celebrated on the podium by spraying jeroboams of Chapel Down Brut – the official sparkling wine of The Boat Races.
As well as being enjoyed by the thirsty victors, Chapel Down wine was served onboard Her Majesty The Queen’s Royal Rowbarge, the Gloriana, for VIP guests who travelled down the Thames before the races began and in the hospitality suites at the start and finish lines.
Chapel Down also created a pop-up bar at the start line on Putney Embankment, which was home to thousands of spectators, as well as having its wines served in the Bishops Park official fan park, on Sunday afternoon.
Chapel Down branding was featured at numerous points along the course, including 30 foot banners on Barnes Bridge and Putney Embankment and a 40 foot digital advert at Cheyne Walk in Chelsea.
This is the first year of a four-year partnership in which Chapel Down is the Official Wine of The Boat Races. Following this, Chapel Down is now listed in various Oxbridge colleges as a part of the English winery's wider marketing campaign; 'Great Minds Drink Alike'.
Frazer Thompson, CEO at Chapel Down, commented: “Some days will live long in the memory. From the elite athletes who starred in a day they will never forget, to the thousands of spectators who lined the Thames to show their support and the millions who watched the coverage on television in the UK and abroad. We are thrilled that Chapel Down are the sparkling partner of such a great British event and able to make a memorable day even more enjoyable. The Boat Race truly is peculiarly British, very special and something of which we can all feel very proud. The perfect fit with Chapel Down.”
The award-winning wines of the Kent-based producer are served at many iconic British institutions such as The Donmar Warehouse, The Royal Opera House, London Symphony Orchestra and is also an official wine partner to No. 10 Downing Street.