Watkins Glen International, Great Western Champagne continue partnership

James Hunt with Great Western

Great Western has been a partner of WGI since the early 1950's.

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WATKINS GLEN, NY (March 16, 2015) – Watkins Glen International is proud to announce that Great Western Champagne will continue as the official champagne of the historic road course.

Great Western Champagne has been the official champagne of WGI since 1966, and is produced by Pleasant Valley Wine Company, the first bonded winery in the United States. Pleasant Valley has been a partner of WGI since the early 1950’s, and is also home to the largest plantings of Chardonnay and Riesling in the state of New York.

“Pleasant Valley Wine Company and Great Western Champagne have been great partners of ours for many years,” said Michael Printup, President of Watkins Glen International. “We’re excited to build on our great history together, and look forward to them being part of our race weekends, as well as the Finger Lakes Wine Festival in July.”

As the official champagne of WGI, Great Western is and has been the product sprayed in Gatorade Victory Lane by race winners following a victory over the past 40 years. Iconic drivers such as Jacky Ickx, Jackie Stewart, Derek Bell, Jeff Gordon, and many others have all enjoyed Great Western Champagne after hard-fought triumphs at The Glen.

“We have enjoyed our relationship with Watkins Glen International over the years,” said Michael Doyle, Owner of Pleasant Valley Wine Company. “It’s great to be part of the excitement during race weekends and to see our champagne in the hands of champions.”

Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America. Tickets for the 2015 season may be purchased by calling 866.461.RACE and online at www.TheGlen.com. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. Download The Glen’s free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.

 

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