English Wine Week in full swing

English Wine Week is in full swing with an unprecedented number of events this year. It's even trending on Twitter!

The SWVA is taking its first steps into a trade and public tasting at Bordeaux Quay, Bristol harbourside on THIS THURSDAY, 28 May. The planned dinner has sadly had to be cancelled but there are plenty of takers for the trade tasting which is 1pm - 4pm (contact SWVA secretary Ingrid Bates if you are in the trade and would like to attend) and public tasting (5pm - 7 pm (£10 on the door). A great chance to explore some of the region's finest wines.

A mix-up at Bordeaux Quay unfortunately resulted in some enquirers being told wrongly that the public tasting had been cancelled. IT IS VERY MUCH STILL ON!!! Please come along and support us!

For details of all English Wine Week events in the South West, go to the English Wine Producers page. Click here>>

For English Wine Week Decanter magazine has produced a very informative "infographic" with useful facts about the English Wine Industry, 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



Taste some of the Finest Somerset Wines for "Somerset Day"

Taste Some of the Finest Somerset Wines for Somerset Day May 10th


Three SWVA vineyards will be helping to celebrate the first "Somerset Day" on 10th May at Blackmore Farm Cannington, west of Bridgwater off the A39. It's a chance to taste local award-winning wines and artisan cheeses at leisure in the flagged farm shop or lawned outdoor refreshment area of this spectacular medieval farm.

A good opportunity to find out what Somerset has to offer: the three vineyards taking part produce between them some of Somerset's finest English wines. All three are winners of prestigious international awards, and produce different styles of wine. The vineyards are Oatley Vineyard from Cannington near Bridgwater, Smith & Evans from Aller near Langport and Wraxall Vineyard from Wraxall near Shepton Mallet.

This tasting will take place at Blackmore Farm Shop, Cannington, west of Bridgwater from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 10th May 2015. Free car parking. Refreshments available using locally sourced ingredients from Blackmore's cafe. You will be able to taste wines free and buy by the glass or bottle to take home.Blackmore_Farm

Somerset Day has been chosen to honour Alfred the Great's mustering of an army to fight the invading Danes. The day is to be celebrated annually on May 11th. This year the 11th is a Monday and events are mostly planned over the weekend, 9th and 10th May. More information about Somerset Day and planned events around the County on the PassionforSomerset website here>>


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

Three SWVA Vineyards finalists in the Bristol Good Food Awards

Three Somerset vineyards have been listed as finalists in this year's Bristol Good Food Awards.

Dunleavy Vineyards of Wrington, Smith & Evans of Aller, near Langport and Wraxall Vineyard of Wraxall near Shepton Mallet are the three finalists in the Best Local Wine category. Dunleavy Vineyards were last year's winner with their Pinot Noir Rosé.

Now in its fourth year, the Awards have over 40 categories for restaurants, cafés and delis as well as food and drink producers. 

Judging for restaurants, cafés and delis will be conducted by mystery diners from the judging panel of national and local food experts through April and May. The judging for producers will be at a blind tasting event.

The results will be announced at a a Gala Awards evening in the Great Hall of Bristol Grammar School on 21st June 2015.


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