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Judges Announced for SWVA 2015 Competition

Judges Announced for SWVA Annual Competition 2015

We at SWVA are gearing up for our 2015 competition, highlight of our year. All of the judges hold advanced qualifications from the internationally recognised Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). The competition will be judged on Monday 7th September at Aldwick Court Farm and Vineyard, and results will be announced to SWVA members at the awards ceremony and lunch the following day, Tuesday 8th September also at Aldwick Court Farm.

This year's chair of judges will again be Patricia Stefanowicz MW (Master of Wine). She will be joined by Claire Roberts, Sales Manager for Christopher Piper Wines in Devon, holding a WSET Diploma, and Tim Johnson, secretary of the West of England Wine and Spirit Association, WSET Diploma and qualified Wine Educator, both of whom also judged last year's competition, and by Rebecca Mitchell, Devon based wine consultant and WSET Educator, and Mark Butler of Cellarmarque, WSET Diploma.

141 Wines Entered: entries well up on 2014

Despite a new restriction of 3 wines per vineyard per class the total number of entries is well up on last year. A hundred and forty one wines have been entered, from the growing number of south west wine producers, compared with 114 in 2014. In order to keep the judging to one day, the team of judges will split into two for some classes to ensure that wines are given due time and consideration, although Patricia Stefanowicz as chair will taste all of the wines.

Judging at last year's event, also held at Aldwick Court Farm, is pictured below. Bottles are concealed in black drawstring jackets to ensure anonymity. The wines are blind-tasted, each class at a time, and then judges discuss and agree the scores for the class before embarking on the next class.  This year the "Dry White" class, which draws the largest number of entries, has been split into subsections. One is for wines from the "Bacchus" grape variety, which is becoming established as an English wine signature grape, one for oaked wines and one for un-oaked wines from grape varieties other than Bacchus.




English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2015 : Results for SWVA Vineyards

Englsh and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2015

SWVA Wines show well in the UK's National Wine Competition

EWOTTY_certificatesSWVA wines took a good share in the UK's 2015 national wine competition. Results were announced 30th June, and it proved to be a year which saw still wines doing well after the exceptional 2014 vintage, compared with recent competitions which have seen a preponderance of sparkling wines in medal tables for English wines.

The competition is organised by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) This year saw record entries from the highest ever number of producers, both up by around fifty per cent on 2014. The judging lasted two days with six Masters of Wine (MWs) tasting 325 wines from over 90 producers from all over England and Wales. There were 96 Sparkling wines (66 white and 30 rosé), 154 still white, 45 still rosé and 30 red. 

The competition is the only national contest to be judged exclusively by MWs: Anthony Foster MW (chairman of Judges), Sally Easton MW, David Bird MW, Dee Blackstock MW, Robin Crameri MW and Rebecca Hull MW marked the wines to international standards and awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, with trophies given to the best wine in each style category. This year’s host was the Wessex Vineyards Association (WVA), which covers Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight and judging took place in Devizes, Wiltshire.


The Wine of the Year and Winemaker of the Year trophies are not announced until the awards ceremony, but SWVA vineyards took a creditable three of the 13 class trophies.

The Vintners Trophy for the most outstanding sparkling wine went to Dorset's Langham Wine Estate for its Classic Cuvée 2011.

The Bernard Theobald Trophy for the most outstanding red wine went to Devon's Sharpham Vineyard for their Pinot Noir and Précoce 2013.

The Montague Trophy for the best presented wine was awarded to Hereford's Castle Brook Vineyard's Classic Cuvée 2009.

SWVA Gold Medals

Furleigh Estate (Dorset): Classic Cuvée 2011.

Langham Wine Estate (Dorset): Classic Cuvée 2011, Classic Cuvée NV.

Sharpham Vineyards (Devon): Bacchus 2014.

Three Choirs Vineyards (Gloucestershire): Cellar Door Bacchus 2014, Pinot Noir Rosé 2011.

SWVA Silver Medals

Camel Valley Vineyard (Cornwall): 40 years 2010, Annie's Anniversary 2013, Atlantic Dry 2014, Brut 2013, Cuvée Raymond Blanc 2011, Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2013.

Castle Brook Vineyard (Herefordshire): Classic Cuvée 2009

Eastcott Vineyard (Devon): Ashbury 2013, Furzehill 2014.

Furleigh Estate (Dorset): Bacchus Dry 2014, Sea Pink 2014.

Kenton Vineyard (Devon): Bacchus 2014.

Knightor Winery (Cornwall): Brut NV, Rosé NV.

Langham Wine Estate (Dorset): Blanc de Blancs 2011.

Lily Farm Vineyard (Devon): Bacchus Dry 2014.

Lyme Bay Winery (Devon): Bacchus Fumé 2014, Pinot Noir Rosé 2014.

Oatley Vineyard (Somerset): Jane's 2014, Leonora's 2013.

Parva Farm Vineyard (Monmouthshire): Tintern Parva Bacchus 2014.

Sharpham Vineyard (Devon): Barrel Fermented 2013, Dart Valley Reserve 2014, Estate Selection 2014, Pinot Noir and Précoce 2013, Sparkling Pink 2010, Whole Berry Rosé 2014.

Three Choirs Vineyards (Gloucestershire): Classic Cuvée NV, Coleridge Hill 2013, Sonnet Rosé 2014, Willow Brook 2013.

Wraxall Vineyard (Somerset): Bacchus 2014, Pinot Noir Rosé 2014.

SWVA Bronze Medals

Astley Vineyards (Worcestershire): Late Harvest 2014, Madeleine Angevine 2014, Veritas 2013.

Camel Valley Vineyard (Cornwall): Bacchus Dry 2013, Darnibole Bacchus 2014, Pinot Noir Brut 2011, Pinot Noir Rosé 2014.

Eastcott Vineyard (Devon): Gribbleford 2014, Okement 2011.

Fenny Castle Vineyard (Somerset): Pinot Noir Rosé 2013.

Furleigh Estate (Dorset): Bacchus Fumé 2014.

Knightor Winery (Cornwall): Roseland Bacchus 2014.

Langham Wine Estate (Dorset): Rosé 2011.

Lily Farm Vineyard (Devon): Rosé 2014, Sparkling Brut 2013.

Lovells Vineyard (Worcestershire): Elgar 2014, Promenades 2014, Sonatina 2014.

Lyme Bay Winery (Devon): Bacchus 2014, Brut Reserve 2013, Shoreline 2014.

Oatley Vineyard (Somerset): Leonora's 2014.

Parva Farm Vineyard (Monmouthshire): Afon Gwy 2014.

Polgoon Vineyard (Cornwall): Madeleine Angevine 2014, Ortega and Seyval Blanc 2014, Rondo and Pinot Noir Rosé 2014.

Poulton Hill Estate (Gloucestershire): Sparkling White 2012.

Redyeates Wedge Vineyard (Devon): Rondo 2013.

Sharpham Vineyard (Devon): New Release 2014, Sparkling Blanc 2013.

Sidbury Vineyard (Devon): Sparkling Rosé 2013.

Smith & Evans (Somerset): Higher Plot Sparkling 2010.

Three Choirs Vineyards (Gloucestershire): Cellar Door Release Siegerrebe 2013, Late Harvest 2014, May Hill 2014, Raven's Hill 2013, Sonnet Dry White 2014, Wickham Rosé 2014.

Trevibban Mill (Cornwall): Black Ewe Red 2014, Black Ewe White 2014, Constantine 2014, Rock Rosé 2014.

White Castle Vineyard (Monmouthshire): Gwin gwyn 2014, Regent 2013, Rosé 2013.

SWVA Highly Commended

Astley Vineyards (Worcestershire): Severn Vale 2013, Veritas 2011.

Eastcott Vineyard (Devon): Meldon 2010.

Fenny Castle Vineyard (Somerset): Ortega Dry White 2014.

Redyeates Wedge Vineyard (Devon): Blush 2012.

Sharpham Vineyard (Devon): Barrel Fermented 2012, Beenleigh NV, Red 2013, Summer Red 2013,

Smith & Evans (Somerset): Higher Plot Rosé 2014.

Three Choirs Vineyards (Gloucestershire):Sonnet Medium Dry 2014, Wickham Dry Reserve 2014.

Trevibban Mill (Cornwall): Harlyn 2014, Merope 2014.

The competition was this year sponsored by Waitrose, who are a leading retailer of English and Welsh wine, with a range that includes over 100 wines from the UK. Rebecca Hull MW, English Wine Buyer at Waitrose, who joined the judging panel for the first time this year, commented:

‘We are delighted to be sponsoring this year's UKVA competition. English & Welsh wines are continuing to show exceptionally strong sales growth at Waitrose, and we're very happy to be able to strengthen our close relationship with our national wine industry even further by supporting this judging of the best that the UK has to offer.’

English Wine Producers national report of the competition results here>>

Download pdf of full national results here >>




Decanter World Wine Awards for SW Vineyards

Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 How did SW Vineyards get on?

As with this year's International Wine Challenge, the English section of the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 was dominated by South East Sparklers. The results were published on 14th June. All of the six gold medals awarded in the English section of the competition went to sparkling wines from the south east, with the Regional Trophy for the UK going to a Coates & Seely Blanc de Blancs NV.

But there were SWVA Vineyards and wineries in amongst the Silvers, with Camel Valley Silvers for Annie's Anniversary Brut 2013 and Darnibole Bacchus 2014, Castle Brook for their Classic Cuvée Brut NV, Langham for their Classic Cuvée Brut 2011, and Lyme Bay for theirr "Shoreline" dry white Bacchus/Seyval.

There were Bronzes for Camel Valley (Bacchus Dry 13, Brut 13, Pinot Noir Brut 2011, Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2013), Knightor (Brut Rosé NV, Portscatho Bacchus 2014), Lyme Bay (Bacchus 2014), Oatley (Jane's 2013), Sixteen Ridges (Pinot Noir Early 2013), Smith&Evans (Pinot Chardonnay 2010), Three Choirs (Willow Brook 2013).

Commended for Aldwick (Mary's Rose 2013), Camel Valley (Atlantic Dry 2014, Pinot Noir Rosé 2014), Eastcott (Two Moors Rosé 2014), Oatley (Leonora's 2013), Trevibban Mill (Black Ewe White 2014, Black Ewe Red 2014,

Constantine 2014, Harlyn 2014, Merope 2014, Rock Rose 2014)

A commentary was published by Decanter on the English section of the competition: DWWA 2015: English wine is ‘like New Zealand in the 1980s’ – Gerard Basset Read more



Camel Valley and Langham Lead for South West in IWC Tranche 2

International Wine Challenge Tranche 2 Results Announced 13 May 2015


Camel Valley take Gold and 2 Silvers and Langham 2 Silvers

In results dominated by sparkling wines, mainly from the South East, Camel Valley Vineyard with a Gold and two Silvers and Langham with two Silvers, carried the flag for the South West Region. Camel Valley's Gold was for their Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2013 and their Silvers were for their Brut 2013 and Annie's Anniversary Brut 2013. Langham Wine Estate''s Silvers were for their Classic Cuvée Brut 2011 and Blanc de Noirs 2011.

Newcomers Trevibban Mill scoop 3 awards

New, organic vineyard Trevibban Mill from near Padstow in Cornwall picked up three Commended awards for their Pinot Noir Precoce "Black Ewe Red"  and two whites, "Constantine 2014" made from Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay and "Merope 2014", made from Bacchus, Huxelrebe and Solaris.

Congratulations to all the South Wests award winners!

The International Wine Challenge

The International Wine Challenge is probably the world's largest wine competition, and perhaps the most influential. Since last year, it hosts two separate tastings in the year to accommodate different production and sales schedules across the hemispheres, giving winemakers a greater choice of when to enter their wines. Tranche 1 results were published early in December and SWVA results were reported here>>. Overall 2015 trophies for each class take the results of  both tranches into account and will be announced shortly, later in May..

Full IWC Tranche 2 Results for SWVA Members

Award Vineyard Location Wine Vintage Style

Camel Valley Cornwall Pinot Noir Rose Brut 2013 Sparkling Rosé

Camel Valley Cornwall Brut 2013 Sparkling
Camel Valley Cornwall Annie's Anniversary Brut 2013 Sparkling
Langham Wine Estate Dorset Classic Cuvée Brut 2011 Sparkling
Langham Wine Estate Dorset Blanc de Noirs 2011 Sparkling
Camel Valley Cornwall Pinot Noir Brut 2011 Sparkling Rosé
Camel Valley Cornwall Bacchus 2013 Still White
Camel Valley Cornwall Atlantic Dry 2014 Still White
Camel Valley Cornwall Darnibole Bacchus 2014

Still White

Furleigh Estate Dorset Classic Cuvée 2011 Sparkling
Three Choirs Vineyards Gloucestershire Coleridge Hill  2013 Still White
Wraxall Vineyard Somerset Somerset Sparkling 2012 Sparkling

  Astley Vineyard Worcestershire Veritas 2011 Still White
  Camel Valley Cornwall Rosé 2014 Still Rosé
  Knightor Winery Cornwall Sparkling Rosé NV Sparkling Rosé
  Knightor Winery Cornwall Portscatho Bacchus 2014 Still White
  Lily Farm Vineyard Devon Red 2013 Still Red
Oatley Vineyard Somerset Leonora's 2013 Still White
Sharpham Estate Devon Bacchus 2014 Still White
Three Choirs Vineyards Gloucestershire Rosé 2013 Still Rosé
Tintern Parva Monmouthshire Bwthyn Rhosyn 2013 Still Rosé
Tintern Parva Monmouthshire Bacchus 2013 Still White
Trevibban Mill


Black Ewe Red 2014 Still Red
Trevibban Mill Cornwall Constantine 2014 Still White
Trevibban Mill Cornwall Merope 2014 Still White
White Castle Vineyard  Monmouthshire Regent 2013 Still Red

SWVA Showcase for the West Country's English Wines: Bristol, May 28


Showcase for the West Country's English Wines



On May 28th, for the first time ever, local wine producers from the SWVA are holding a tasting in Bristol to showcase the quality of our internationally acclaimed still and sparkling wines. We are working alongside Bordeaux Quay harbourside restaurant where the tasting and, in the evening, a themed dinner will be held to match the wines.


Food and Drink is important to the local economy and farm diversification is topical. Increasingly the South West is being recognised as a source of  some of the UK's best food and wine from small independent producers. Bristol is fast gaining a great reputation for locally sourced quality dining and sustainable wine is a new part of this. 


But small wine producers can easily get drowned out by big-budget wine companies. So this is the perfect opportunity to see what they're all about.  We aim to showcase our finest English wine producers from within easy reach of Bristol. 


We expect around 100 restaurateurs and retailers will be attending the trade tasting during the day. Any further trade representative seeking an invitation, please contact the SWVA's secretary Ingrid Bates via Twitter: @dyvineyards.


In the evening we have space for around 200 members of the public to sample the wines and there are places available for people interested in local produce and wines to enjoy a seasonal, locally sourced dinner, with local wines chosen to match the food. Producers will be present to present and discuss their wines.


You are invited to the public tasting  at 5 pm followed by a four course dinner put together to showcase Spring in the southwest, where you can meet the producers. Dinner plus tasting £50 per person. Tasting only £10 per person. Book at Bordeaux Quay, phone 0117 943 1200.


Producers attending will include:


Dunleavy Vineyards, North Somerset | Smith & Evans, Somerset | Aldwick Court Vineyard, North Somerset |Furleigh Estate, Dorset | Lovells Vineyard, Worcs | Oatley Vineyard, Somerset | Sixteen Ridges, Worcs | Three Choirs Vineyards, Glos| Wraxall Vineyard, Somerset.


Details below:






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