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English Wines Take Four Gold Medals
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It’s been another great year for English and Welsh wine in the major international wine competitions, whose results were announced at the London International Wine & Spirits Trade Fair.

English wines impressed particularly the judges at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) with no less than 4 Gold medals shared amongst three producers Camel Valley, Nyetimber and Ridgeview. Along with the results from The International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), English and Welsh wines won 120 awards, more than ever before.

Two of the Gold medals were awarded in the IWC to Nyetimber’s Blanc de Blancs 2001 and Camel Valley Noir Rosé Brut 2008. This was a second successive year as a Gold medal winner for Camel Valley and a first major win in this competition for Nyetimber.

The two other Gold medals were won in Decanter World Wine Awards by Ridgeview Wine Estate for their Knightsbridge Blanc de Noirs 2006 and Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2006, which also took the regional Trophy. UK doubled the number of silver medal winners in this year’s DWWA.

The International Wine & Spirit Competition saw three times as many Silver medals as were awarded last year. Whilst the majority of came from the sparkling wine sector, there were notable wins for Bolney Wine Estate’s Pinot Noir Red 2008 and Eglantine’s dessert wine North Star 2006¸ which were both awarded Silver Best in Class.

New Welsh vineyard Ancre Hill Estate in Monmouthshire won a Silver Medal in the DWWA and Bronze in the IWSC for the same still wine – their White Welsh Regional Wine 2008 – showing the ongoing developments and success from the Welsh wine industry.

“It’s just great to see the recognition that English and Welsh wines have gained through this year’s awards,” comments Julia Trustram Eve, Marketing Manager of English Wine Producers. “Competition is tough out there and to be recognized by the highly professional groups of judges at this international level certainly shows that our wines are world class.”

The news about these English successes sets a positive start to the industry’s national promotional campaign English Wine Week which starts on 29th May and continues to 6th June. Many of the winning producers are taking part, as well as a number of key outlets. All details and news are available on englishwineweek.com.

These and many other English and Welsh wines will soon face scrutiny in the UK’s own national awards – the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition, which takes place in mid June. This is the only competition in the world where the judges are all Masters of Wine. The results will be announced at the end of June.
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