Fields of Gold: Top wine judges award three Gold medals to English wines as nation’s wine industry flourishes
English wine producers sparkle at world-renowned wine competition, with 31 entries picking up medals
- 31 English wines win a medal at Tranche One of International Wine Challenge 2017
- Three English winemakers scoop a much-coveted Gold medal
- Kent and Hampshire home to all Gold medal winners
English wines received 31 medals at the Tranche One tasting of the International Wine Challenge 2017. The impressive medal haul included three Gold medals, as well as 13 Silver and 15 Bronze medals, as the nation’s wine industry continues to thrive.
- Two of the Gold medal winners were produced in Kent, demonstrating how the ‘Garden of England’ is a prime location for producing world-class wines. Westwell Wines received its first ever Gold medal at the competition, with its Special Cuvée 2014 (£26.95) being an instant hit with the judges. Ashford’s Gusbourne Estate also struck Gold at the competition with its Berry Bros. & Rudd English Sparkling Wine Brut 2011, produced on behalf of the celebrated wine merchant and available to buy in store and online for £24.95.
- Hampshire-based Hambledon Vineyard produced the third English Gold medal winner of the competition. No stranger to success at the competition, this tasting saw the vineyard scoop a Gold medal for its Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé (£32.50).
- Sussex winemakers also notched up an impressive medal count, including six Silver medals and three Bronze medals. Bolney Wine Estate was the county’s standout producer, collecting three Silver Medals for its sparkling Blanc De Blancs Brut in both the 2011 and 2013 vintage (both £26.99) and its Pinot Noir 2015 (£16.99).
- Fellow Sussex producer Ridgeview impressed with its sparkling rosé, with the Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rosé 2014 (£30) and the Ridgeview Rosé De Noirs 2013 (£40) both receiving Silver medals. The family-run vineyard secured a further Silver medal for its sparkling Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2014 (£27.00), as well as scooping a Bronze medal for its Marksman English Sparkling Brut Blanc De Blancs 2013, available from Marks and Spencer for £26.
- Cornwall’s Camel Valley saw another year of sparkling success in the medal table scooping four Silver medals, and one Bronze. Its Annie’s Anniversary Brut 2014 (£29.95), Camel Valley Brut 2013 (£24.95), Camel Valley Chardonnay Brut 2014 (£29.95) and Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2014 (£29.95) all won Silver medals, and its Camel Valley White Pinot Brut 2012 (£29.95) received a Bronze medal.
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“We discovered some really special English wines in this round of the competition, proof that England’s wine industry is flourishing. Most of the top awards went to the sparkling wines, but there were also 11 medals for still wines. The top English bubblies are sure to be firm favourites this Christmas. They make a fantastic alternative to Champagne –so fizz fans should track them down. Many are available on the high street, so UK shoppers can support our homegrown talent and have a great celebration.”