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"So many fantastic producers down here in the South West"

SWVA Exeter Trade Tasting



Monday 20th June saw the 2nd Exeter SWVA Tasting in full swing at a new larger venue, within the Exeter Phoenix Theatre.

Trade and Consumer visitors came along to taste the wines from vineyards of all sizes, representing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and one from further afield in Herefordshire.

Organised by Hilary Waller and Faye Pratt on behalf of the SWVA, this years event introduced two new vineyards - Carey Valley & Wythall, along with ten from last year: Eastcott, Furleigh, Lily Farm, Lyme Bay, Pebblebed, Polgoon, Redyeates, Sharpham, Sidbury and Torview.

Everyone was delighted with the day and the best way of summing it up came from a member of the Waitrose team who said ‘I honestly didn’t realise there were so many fantastic small producers down here in the South West’. 

The event in pictures:

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Links to participating vineyards' websites:

Carey Valley, Eastcott, Furleigh, Lily Farm, Lyme Bay, Pebblebed, Polgoon, Redyeates, Sharpham, Sidbury, Torview, Wythall


English Still Wines "proved a Dark Horse" in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016: How did SW wines perform?

The Decanter World Wine Awards were announced on the Decanter Magazine website on 14th Jun, in a release two weeks later than originally scheduled and attended by IT problems, as the results website crashed in the first few minutes.

The top awards from the 13,000 entries were dominated by wines of France and Chile this year, but Decanter highlighted the performance of English wines too in this extract:

"Cool Britannia

Fresh from hosting the international cool climate conference, the fledgling UK wine industry also continued to show its mettle in international competitions.

Sparkling wines from the UK may have dominated headlines, and again performed well here, but it was English still wines that proved a dark horse category of DWWA 2016. Gusbourne and Chapel Down led the field with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay respectively."

Three English wines achieved the new "Platinum" top award, the two wines mentioned above and Gusborne's sparkling Blanc de Blancs.

Golds were all for sparkling wines from the SE, Coates & Seely's "La Perfide" Rosé Brut, Exton Park's Blanc de Blancs Brut, Henners Brut and Wiston Blanc de Blancs.

Camel Valley Lead for the South West, with Knightor, Langham  and Lyme Bay also in the Silvers.

With six Silvers, Cornwall's Camel Valley led a smaller than usual field for this competition from the South West. Their four sparkling and two still white wines were: Chardaccus, Chardonnay Brut, Darnibole Bacchus, Darnibole Brut, Pinot Noir Brut and Pinot Noir Rosé Brut. Silvers also went to Cornwall's Kniightor (Brut), Dorset's Langham (Blanc de Blancs) and Devon's Lyme Bay (Bacchus Block).

Bronzes for Camel Valley, Lyme Bay, Oatley, Sixteen Ridges  and Trevibban Mill

Camel Valley also won three Bronzes, for Bacchus Dry, Cornwall Brut and Cuvée Raymond Blanc. Other Bronzes were for Devon's Lyme Bay Winery (Pinot Noir and Shoreline), Somerset's Oatley (Jane's and Leonora's), Worcestershire's Sixteen Ridges  (Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Early, Pinot Noir Rosé Brut, Signature Cuvée Brut) and Cornwall's Trevibban Mill (Black Ewe Red, Black Ewe Brut, Merope)

Commended for Smith&Evans, Three  Choirs

There were Commended awards for Somerset's Smith & Evans (Higher Plot) and Gloucestershire's Three Choirs (Sonnet and Sonnet Dry)


Full results here>>


Golds for Dorset: Tranche 2 IWC results for SW wines

Tranche 2  results for International Wine Challenge 2016 for SW wines


Golds for Dorset

In an English section where sparkling wines dominated the Gold and Silver awards, the two gold medals won by SW vineyards followed the trend. Both went to Dorset, to Langham Estate for their Blanc de Blancs 2011 (Chardonnay) and to Furleigh Estate for their Rosé 2010 (Chardonnay|Pinot Noir|Pinot Meunier)

Cornwall's Camel Valley tops the Medal Table with 8 Silvers

Cornwall's Camel Valley took the highest number of medals overall in the English section with 8 Silvers including 7 for sparklers and one still white. Silvers were also awarded to Furleigh, Cornwall's Knightor, Devon's Sharpham (2) and Somerset's Smith&Evans for sparkling wines and to Trevibban Mill for a still red, so a ratio of two Silvers for SW still wines to twelve for sparkling.

Still and Sparkling in the Bronzes

Nine Bronzes were awarded to SW vineyards and here there was a more equal balance of sparkling and still wines, 4 to Camel Valley, 2 for sparkling and 2 for still whites, two to Worcestershire's Sixteen Ridges (one still and one sparkling rosé), and one each to Furleigh (sparkling), Somerset's Oatley (still white) and Somerset's Wraxall (Sparkling).

Still wines dominate in the Commended section

Fourteen wines were Commended and here still wines predominated, with ten still and four sparkling wines. Producers with Commended wines were Astley, Camel Valley (2), Furleigh (2), Lyme Bay Winery, Oatley (2), Polgoon, Redyeates Wedge, Sixteen Ridges (2), Three Choirs and Trevibban Mill.

The International Wine Challenge

The International Wine Challenge is probably the world's largest wine competition, and perhaps the most influential. 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 2016 trophies for each class take the results of  both tranches into account and will be announced later in May.

Congratulations to all award winners. Full results for SW producers below. 

Full IWC Tranche 2 Results for SWVA Members

Award Vineyard Location Wine Vintage Style Grape(s)


Dorset Blanc de Blancs 2011 Sparkling Chardonnay


Dorset Rosé 2010 Sparkling rosé Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier

Camel Valley Cornwall Brut 2013 Sparkling Seyval Blanc/Reichensteiner/ Chardonnay
Camel Valley Cornwall Annie's Anniversary Brut 2014 Sparkling Seyval Blanc
Camel Valley Cornwall Pinot Noir Rosé Brut  2014 Sparkling Rosé Pinot Noir
Camel Valley Cornwall White Pinot Brut 2014 Sparkling Pinot Noir
Camel Valley Cornwall Darnibole Brut 2014 Sparkling Seyval Blanc
Camel Valley Cornwall Classic Cuvée Brut  2013 Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
Camel Valley Cornwall Cuvée Raymond Blanc 2013 Sparkling Dornfelder
Camel Valley Cornwall Chardaccus


Still White Chardonnay/Bacchus
Trevibban Mill Cornwall Black Ewe Red 2014 Still Red Pinot Noir Précoce
Furleigh Dorset Classic Cuvée Brut 2013 Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier
Knightor Cornwall Vintage Brut 2011 Sparkling Pinot Blanc/Chardonnay
Sharpham Devon Sparkling Reserve Brut NV Sparkling Pinot Noir/Pinot Blanc/Chardonnay
Sharpham Devon Sparkling Blanc Brut 2011 Sparkling Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Blanc
Smith & Evans Somerset Higher Plot 2011 Sparkling Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier/Chardonnay
Camel Valley Cornwall Bacchus Dry 2014 Still white Bacchus
Camel Valley Cornwall Atlantic Dry 2013 Still White Bacchus/Reichensteiner/Chardonnay
Camel Valley Cornwall White Pinot Brut 2012 Sparkling Pinot Noir
Camel Valley Cornwall Demi Sec 2012


Seyval Blanc/Chardonnay/ Rechensteiner
Furleigh Estate Dorset Classic Reserve Brut 2010 Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier
Oatley Somerset Jane's 2014 Still White Madeleine Angevine
Sixteen Ridges Worcs Rosé 2014 Still Rosé Pinot Noir
Sixteen Ridges Worcs Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé 2013 Sparkling Rosé Pinot Noir
Wraxall Somerset Somerset Sparkling Dry 2013 Sparkling Seyval Blanc/Pinot Noir

Astley Worcestershire George Eckert Vintage Brut 2013 Sparkling Kerner
Camel Valley Cornwall Darnibole Bacchus 2014 Still white Bacchus
Camel Valley Cornwall Chardonnay Brut 2014 Sparkling Chardonnay
Trevibban Mill Cornwall Black Ewe Sparkling Brut 2013 Sparkling Seyval Blanc
Furleigh Dorset Bacchus Dry  2014 Still White Bacchus/Chardonnay
Furleigh Dorset Bacchus Fumé 2014 Still White Bacchus
Redyeates Wedge Devon Pheon 2014 Still White Phoenix/Orion
Oatley Somerset Leonora's  2013 Still White Kernling
Oatley Somerset Leonora's  2014 Still white Kernling
Lyme Bay Winery Devon Shoreline 2014 Still white Seyval Blanc/Bacchus/Pinot Noir
Polgoon Cornwall Madeleine Angevine 2014 Still Rosé Madeleine Angevine
Sixteen Ridges Worcs Red Pinot Noir Early 2014 Still red Pinot Noir Precoce
Sixreen Ridges


Signature Cuvée 2014 Sparkling Pinot Noir/Seyval Blanc
Three Choirs Glos Coleridge Hill 2014 Still White Phoenix/Madeleine Angevine


SWVA Exeter Tasting June 20th

Devon and Cornwall's Vineyards Come to Town - Exeter June 20th 2 - 6pm


Come and taste the finest English wine that the South West has to offer. The SWVA, as it did last year, is holding a second trade and public tasting event in Exeter on June 20th, following the May 5th tasting in Bristol. The Exeter event will feature mainly producers from Devon and Cornwall.

The central Exeter venue, Exeter Phoenix in Gandy St, is bigger than last year's and will feature 12 producers from across 4 counties. The event runs from 2 to 6 and is open to consumers as well as to the wine trade. A £5 ticket covers entrance, tasting from all of the vineyards and an opportunity to meet the producers. Consumers can buy tickets from the venue or online from Eventbrite - see details below. Members of the wine trade will be invited - if you are an interested member of the wine trade and you haven't yet received a notification of the event please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Success for SW Wines in the Sommelier Wine Awards 2016

Results for SW Vineyards in Sommelier Wine Awards


Wines from the South West of England landed a Trophy,  2 Golds, 4 Silvers, 3 Bronzes and 6 Commendeds in this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, announced 27th April. The prestigious Trophy was the Critics Choice award, given to Knightor’s off-dry Mena Hweg 2013.

English wines did very well overall, with a grand total of  2 trophies, 11 Golds, 19 Silvers, 12 Bronzes and 23 Commended.

Golds were awarded to Lyme Bay Winery’s still, white Shoreline 2014  and to Camel Valley’s white sparkling Cornwall Brut 2013.

Silvers went to Three Choirs, Sharpham, Langham and Camel Valley.

Full results for SW vineyards below. English Wine Producers’ report on English Wines success in the awards here>> and full competition results here>>

Congratulations to all the  SW award-winners in this increasingly influential competition, the only UK competition for the on trade.





Critics Choice Trophy Knightor Mena Hweg 2013
Gold Lyme Bay Winery Shoreline 2014
Camel Valley Cornwall Brut


Silver Three Choirs Cellar Door Sigerrebe 2013
Sharpham Bacchus


Langham Blanc de Blancs Brut 2011
Camel Valley Pinot Noir Brut Rosé


Bronze Camel Valley Bacchus Dry 2014
Lyme Bay Winery Pinot Noir Rosé 2014
Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2014
Commended Trevibban Mill Black Ewe Red 2014
Lyme Bay Winery Bacchus Fumé 2014
Three Choirs Cellar Door Bacchus 2014
Knightor Trevannion 2014
Furleigh Sea Pink 2014
Knightor 9112 Brut  NV

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