East Anglia cleans up at wine awards
East Anglia has been hailed as the top spot for producing English wine after the region scooped five of the 13 trophies given out at the English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition.
Six masters of wine spent two days judging the competition and gave out 11 gold, 68 silver and 69 bronze medals, while trophies were awarded for 13 different categories.
Sixty producers from across England and Wales entered their finest wines but East Anglia dominated, with the south west winning four trophies, the south east scooping three and the east Midlands taking the final one.
Suffolk-based Giffords Hall’s won three trophies for its Bacchus 2012.
The three south east winners were all from Chapel Down, which won The Wine Guild Trophy for the most outstanding large production vintage earlier than 2012 for its Bacchus Reserve 2011, the McNie Trophy for most outstanding oaked white wine for Kit’s Coty Estate Chardonnay 2011 and further trophy for its Pinot Noir 2011.
The top sparkling wine trophy was won by Furleigh Estate from the south west for the second year running, this time for its Blanc de Noirs 2009.
Paul Langham, chairman of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association, said: “I was particularly impressed with the spread of new and established producers that won awards this year.
“There are consistent winners each year which shows just what good producers they are and this year they are joined by the first wines of some of our newer names.
“This competition, judged by a team of highly professional judges has not only illustrated the ongoing success of our country’s sparkling wines, but also the fantastic range of still white, rosé and red wines. My congratulations to all the producers on such a great set of results.”
The judging panel was made up of Anthony Foster MW, David Bird MW, Robin Crameri MW, Sally Easton MW, Maggie McNie MW and Patricia Stefanowicz MW, who judged the competition to international standards.
The Awards and medals will be presented at a celebration lunch at the House of Commons in July.
UK Winemaker of the Year and Wine of the Year will be announced at the lunch.