RAMSBOTTOM-based wine merchants Grape to Grain will be uncorking their finest tipples at a festival later this month.

The popular wine shop and bar ­— which also has a branch in Ramsbottom ­— will be at this year's Bolton Wine Festival.

The festival, held at Market Place Shopping Centre, takes place on April 27.

Grape to Grain stock around 250 wines from around the world and visitors to the festival will be able to find out more about the different wines as well as a chance to taste and buy a glass or a bottle.

The festival will feature wines from across the UK and the world.

And visitors can take part in wine tasting and masterclasses run by local and national producers and suppliers including Grape to Grain in Ramsbottom, Turton Wines from Bromley Cross, Reserve Wines from Didsbury, Cantine de Palma from Wigan and Montann from Bolton, The Bubbly Box from Wigan and Ginception from Burnley.

Guests can also enjoy cheese and pizza with their wine ­— with cheese and meat boards provided by The Slaughtered House wine bar from Bromley Cross and wood-fired pizzas will be provided by Mwah Pizza from Stockport.

A number of local musicians will entertain customers throughout the afternoon and into the night as they sample the food and drink on offer.

There will also be the chance to try some alternative tipples including gins, Whiskey, Vodka, Rum and beer.

Advance tickets are t £10 each, while those bought on the day are £12 each.

All ticket prices include entry, wine glass, a free drink and a voucher for a discount off food. Tickets can be purchased from www.boltonwinefestival.co.uk.

Market Place was selected as the ideal venue to host the event due to the explosion of great food and drink on offer within the centre over recent years.

Event organiser Matt Farnworth, Bluetree Media said: "I am really excited to be able to bring the Wine Festival back to Bolton for it's second year. Last year was a big success and was far better received than I imagined. We have been really conscious of not losing the intimacy of last year’s event, so we have deliberately not grown it in size, but we’ve got some returning traders as well as some brand new ones who will bring something different to the event.”

Nikki Wilson-Cook, Centre Manager, Market Place added: "We’re thrilled to welcome the Bolton Wine Festival back to Market Place this year. It’s a great opportunity for customers to sample a variety of drinks produced across the region and if last year’s event is anything to go by. We’re sure it will be a huge success.”