As what the royals drank at the wedding last week was revealed (Pol Roger - shocker! Not English Sparkling Wine), we found another story about our future king and what he puts in the tank of his car…
We should probably begin with the fairly important disclaimer that Prince Charles definitely has never been caught drink driving. And even if he had, we’re reasonably sure that Winerist wouldn’t be too concerned about reporting on it. What we are very interested in reporting, however, is the rather unusual fuel source that the Prince of Wales uses to power his 38-year-old Aston Martin DB5. Namely, wine! The eco-friendly prince is a famous advocate for tackling environmental issues and practises what he preaches in a whole variety of ways, including the use of our favourite drink as biofuel.
Wine powered cars – the way of the future?
Wine lovers, please don’t be alarmed. Charles definitely isn’t sneakily borrowing bottles of Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Margaux from the Buckingham Palace dinner table and decanting them directly into the fuel tank. Actually, the process is quite ingenious:
It all began in 2008, when Europe found itself with approximately 18.5 million hectolitres of surplus wine (1 hectolitre = 100 litres) which couldn’t be sold or exported as it was too low-grade for our sophisticated palates. It was in fact an English winery located in Gloucester which hit upon the notion of selling a cool 8,000 surplus litres of English white wine to a neighbouring biofuel producer named Green Fuels.