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IWC 2016 Tranche 1 Results: Congratulations to Wraxall!

Silver for Somerset's Wraxall Vineyard in Tranche 1 of the International Wine Challenge 2016


IWC-2014-StickersCongratulations to Wraxall Vineyard for the best results in the South West in Tranche 1 of  the International Wine Challenge 2016. Wraxall were awarded a coveted Silver Medal for their Somerset Sparkling Rosé 2013, which also won a Bronze in Verona's prestigious Bollicine del Mondo where Hambledon Vineyard was the only other English award-winner.

Wraxall's Jacky Brayton and Brian Shirley said, "We are very pleased to be part of the Southwest success story."

English entries to Tranche 1 small in number but high in quality

For English wines the first tranche of this major worldwide competition has historically attracted fewer entries than Tranche 2, whose 2016 results will be announced next May. This year's Tranche 1 saw an unusually high standard for English entries though, with a Gold to Hart of Gold, a Sussex producer for their 2010 sparkling, an uusually high proportion of 12 Silvers, 8 Bronzes and 7 Commended, mainly awarded to producers from the South East.

Bronze medals for Dunleavy, Eastcott and Yearlstone

Other South West awards were:

Bronzes for Ashbury Brut 2013 from Devon's Eastcott Vineyard, for North Somerset's Dunleavy Pinot Noir Rosé 2014 and Devon's Yearlstone Number 5 2014.

Commended for Eastcott, Redyeates and Lily Farm

Commendeds were awarded to three Devon vineyards: Eastcott for Furzehill 2014, Redyeates for Seyvor 2014 and Lily Farm for their Rosé 2014.

Well done to all award winners but especially those carrying the flag for the South West..





Furleigh Estate Wines SWVA Wine of the Year 2015

Dorset’s Furleigh Estate Awarded SWVA Wine of the Year 2015

Winning Wine of the Year  and Best Sparkling is Furleigh Estate Classic Cuvée 2011

Results of the South West Vineyards Association’s annual competition were announced on 8th September at a members’ lunch and award ceremony at Aldwick Court Farm and Vineyard, Redhill, North Somerset.

Judging of the 141 wines entered for the competition had taken place at the same venue the day before, by a team of five judges, all with advanced qualifications from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, led by London-based Patricia Stefanowicz, Master of Wine. Organization of the competition was by members of the SWVA Committee under the leadership of Competition Secretary Alina Stankus.

After an excellent awards lunch, Patricia Stefanowicz  reviewed the wines, noting  the overall improvement over recent years, especially in red wines, and commending particularly the sparkling wine, rosé  and oaked white classes and also the off-dry classes, where wines from non-commercial producers had done particularly well.

Furleigh wine Wine of Year 2015

SWVA Chair Ian Edwards had the job of reading out the awards and trophies, to find that three of the trophies, for the best rosé, the best sparkling wine and the overall Wine of the Year were awarded to his own vineyard, Furleigh Estate. The Best Rosé was Furleigh Sea Pink 2014.

Ian enlisted the help of SWVA Treasurer Simon Boyce to present the trophies to his wife Rebecca Hansford, who received them on behalf of Furleigh (Pictured right with the South West Wine of the Year Trophy)

Other trophies

Three of the other trophies went to Devon producers: to Sharpham (Totnes) for the best dry white, to Pebblebed (Exmouth) for the best Sparkling rosé and to Lyme Bay Winery (Axminster) for the best oaked still white. Worcestershire’s Astley Vineyard took the trophy for the best commercial non-dry wine and Beeches Vineyard, Heredfordshire, for the best red.

Non-commercial wines

The trophy for the best non-commercial winemaker went to Peter Austerfield of Westhope Hill Vineyard in Herefordshire. Peter took the  shield for the best non-commercial dry white wine for his Madeleine Angevine 2014, and shared the shield for the best non-commercial non-dry wine. It was awarded jointly for Peter's Estate Medium Dry 2013, and to Darryl Gill from Claylands Vineyard for his “sierra eight one” 2014, both wines gaining silver medals and winning the two non-dry classes. Tony Griffin of North Somerset’s Northend Vineyard won trophies for best non-commercial red wine and best non-commercial sparkling wine.

Contribution to the SWVA Journal

The Gillian Pearkes Memorial bowl for the best contribution to the SWVA’s journal “The Vine Post” was awarded to Liz Mumcuoglu of Cornwall’s Trevibban Mill vineyard for her survey of under-vine weed management practices.

Full results are available on the Competition tab of the SWVA’s Home Page, link here>>

The event in pictures:

Judging, left to right, Tim Johnson, Mark Butler, Claire Roberts, Patricia Stefanowicz, Rebecca Mitchell, judging (x2), close up of judge Rebecca Mitchell, trophies ready, members gather, bottles uncovered set out in classes ready for tasting, members tasting the sparklings and reds, numbered bottlenecks, lunch, Patricia Stefanowicz MW reviewing the wines, SWVA Chair Ian Edwards announcing the full list of medals, Duncan Schwab receiving the Best Dry White trophy for Sharpham, Tony Griffin receiving the  trophy for the Best Non-Commercial sparkling wine, Engin Mumcuoglu receiving the Gillian Pearkes Memorial bowl on behalf of Liz Mumcuoglu.






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

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