Bristol Tasting

SWVA Bristol Tasting 2016 - "A real success"

The SWVA’s Bristol trade tasting was pronounced a resounding success. The public tasting which followed it, this year formed a part of the major Bristol Food Connections event. The upstairs function room at The Boardroom in St Nicholas St was packed to the gunwhales. The event was a collaborative effort between participating vineyards, The Boardroom and Bristol Food Connections, with SWVA Vice Chair Guy Smith of Somerset's Smith&Evans vineyard organising.

The venue was smaller and more intimate than last year’s Bordeaux Quay, forcing a limit on the number of exhibitors, the number of invited trade representatives and tickets available for the public. Participating vineyards were Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyards, Camel Valley, Dunleavy, Fenny Castle, Smih & Evans, Oatley, Sutton Ridge and Wraxall.

Exhibitors, wine trade professionals and the venue all seemed pleased with the opportunity to show and taste some of the West Country’s  best wines at a single occasion and the event looks set to become an annual fixture. 


Bristol Food Connections commissioned Bristol-based Guardian wine critic Fiona Beckett to review a selection of the wines being exhibited as a prelude to the event and you can read her report here:


BBC Radio Bristol covered the event with @TV'sAndyClarke talking to Laura Rawlings about the emergence of quality English wines from the SW, together with the asparagus fest, also part of Bristol Food Connections, where the Chinn family's Herefordshire Castle Brook Vineyard were showing their fizz,  current holder of the SWVA Wine of the Year trophy, and their asparagus. You can listen 1 hr 53 mins into the show here>>

Chw0ihaXAAUl6Oc Chw0iDNXAAAbs4f  IMG_3795

Chw0idTXAAAqgQb  IMG_3804IMG_3807

A selection of Tweets from the night and the next day gives a flavour of the enthusiasm of attendees and exhibitors...

The Board Room @theboardroom1Wine tasting going on right now, itv filming, woohoo


SWVA‪@SWVineyardsUK May 5: In full flow at our Bristol tasting!


SWVA‪@SWVineyardsUK May 5: Crikey its hotting up here !


AverysWineMerchants @averyswine: Brilliant tasting #Englishwines at their best Following

Alexander Taylor @tastebristol: So excited about #English #wine right now. What a great showcase tasting. Thanks  @SWVineyardsUK and @Bristolconnect. To the future! ... 

Pete Axford (Bristol photographer)@PeteAxford: Brilliant turnout at #Englishwine tasting tonight 


The Board Room @theboardroom1: it was great. Perfect chance to sample what the West has to offer. All to be available shortly at the boardroomFollowing 

Brockley Stores‪@BrockleyStores Good to meet local winemakers and taste some fantastic local wines tonight ollowing 

The best of the ‪#southwest tasting ‪#wine great people, great wines!!! Thank you!!

Jane Awty@OatleyVineyardGreat ‪@Bristolconnect wine fair last night at The Boardroom Bristol! Packed and enthusiastic!…

Luke Ford‪@SuttonRidgeWine May 5:‪@SuttonRidgeWine May 5: Great afternoon showing off the south wests wines! Thanks for organising ‪@Guythegrape. Great evening tasting session. Well done southwest vineyards

Aldwick Court Farm‪@AldwickCourtFrm May 6Fab tasting event with our neighbouring South West Vineyards & Traders yesterday ‪@theboardroom1 ‪@Bristolconnect

SWVA‪@SWVineyardsUK May 6Great night @Bristolconnect/SWVA wine fest last night. Look out on @itvnews

The SWVA's Exeter tasting will be on June 20th details>>



Impressive medal haul for SW Vineyards in IWSC

South West Vineyards results in the IWSC Awards    Unknown

Seven South West wine producers were awarded 18 medals in the International Wine and Spirit Competition results for Eastern Europe, Asia, USA, Canada, Portugal, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom, announced on 3rd May. Although in the past relatively few SW vineyards entered this competition, numbers are rising, and this year's excellent results for English wine producers will encourage future entries.

Out of 46 Gold and Gold Outstanding medals, Portugal and Canada took the lead, with Canada scooping 13 of these (11 of for their famous Icewine) and 18 for Portugal. Hot on their heels was England with a record breaking 7 Gold Medals, bolstering England’s position amongst the great wine producing countries of the world.

Gold Medal for Dorset's Langham

One of the Golds came to the SW, to Dorset’s Langham Winery for their sparkling Blanc de Blancs 2011. Others were awarded to vineyards from the SE: Chapel Down, Court Garden, Nutbourne, Nyetimber (2), Ridgeview.

Camel Valley, Furleigh and Langham were awarded Silver Outstanding, all for sparkling wines.

For still wines there were Silvers for white wines from Lyme Bay (2) and Camel Valley and for a red for Sixteen Ridges.

Congratulations to all SW medal winners.

Full results for SW vineyards below

Lyme Bay  Winery

Bacchus Block 2015 Silver

Pinot Noir Rosé 2015 - Bronze

Shoreline 2015 – Silver

Camel Valley

Chardonnay Brut 2014 Silver

Cornwall Brut 2013 Silver

Cuvee Raymond Blanc 2014 Silver

Darnibole Bacchus Silver

Pinot Noir Rosé Brut Silver Outstanding


Classic Cuvée 2013 Bronze

Two Moors 2015 - Bronze


Classic Cuvée 2011 Silver Outstanding


Blanc de Blancs 2011 – Gold

Classic Cuvée 2011 – Silver Outstanding

Sixteen Ridges

Pinot Noir Red 2014 – Silver

Rosé Pinot Noir 2014 – Bronze

Sparkling Signature Cuvée – Silver

Sparkling Rosé 2013 – Silver

Trevibban Mill

Sparkling Brut 2013 - Bronze


Impressive Medal Haul for SW Vineyards in UK National Wine Competition

Impressive Medal Haul for SW Vineyards in UK National Wine Competition


Furleigh_Bacchus_Fume  Langham_Cuvee_Reserve Camel_Valley_Bacchus_DryFennyCastleOrtega  ParvaFarmDathliad

SW trophy winners

UKVA English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016.

Wine producers in the South West of England have been celebrating the results of the UK Vineyards Association's "English and Welsh Wine of the Year" competition.
SWVA member vineyards took half of the 14 trophies in the UK’s national wine championships, the “English and Welsh Wine of the Year” competition, whose results were announced on 27th June. They also took 12 of the 32 Gold Medals, in a competition where still wines played a large part, with 2014 Bacchus wines showing especially well. The wines were judged at Llanerch Vineyard, near Cardiff on 22nd to 24th June by David Bird MW (Chair),Robin Crameri MW, Rebecca Hull MW, Angela Muir MW and Patricia Stefanowicz MW.
Two trophies remain to be announced, those for the English Wine of the Year, and Winemaker of the Year. They will be announced at the awards lunch at Vintners Hall, in the City of London, on July 12th.

Trophies for Furleigh, Langham, Camel Valley, Fenny Castle and Parva Farm

Dorset’s Furleigh and Langham Estates took two trophies apiece.

Furleigh's Bacchus Fumé 2014 won the McNie Trophy for the best oaked wine and the Wine Guild Trophy for the best large production wine (not of the previous year).

Langham’s Classic Cuvée Reserve 2011  won the President's Trophy for the most outstanding small production wine (not 2015) , and the Vintners Trophy for the best sparkling wine.

Camel Valley’s Bacchus Dry 2015 won the Dudley Quirk Trophy for the best 2015 large production wine.

Fenny Castle's Barrel Fermented Ortega 2015 won the Montague Trophy for the best presented wine.

Parva Farm's Dathliad 2013 won the Welsh Wine of the Year Trophy. 

Twelve Gold Medals for the South West

There were Golds for Aldwick Court Farm (Mary’s Rose 2015), Camel Valley (Annie’s Anniversary 2013, Bacchus Dry 2015), Castle Brook (Classic Cuvée 2010), Furleigh (Bacchus Dry 2014, Bacchus Fumé 2014), Langham (Classic Cuvée Reserve 2011), Lily Farm (Bacchus 2015), Lyme Bay (Sandbar 2015), Polgoon (Bacchus 2014), Sharpham (Bacchus 2014), Three Choirs (Cellar Door Bacchus 2014).

Silver Medals

Silver Medals were thick on the ground too, with 46 to south west wine producers out of 121 awarded. They went to  Aldwick Court Farm, Camel Valley (5), Eastcott, Furleigh (3), Knightor (3), Langham (2), Lily Farm, Lovells, Lyme Bay (3), Oatley (3), Parva Farm (2), Sharpham (7), Sherborne Castle (2), Sixteen Ridges (3), Smith & Evans, Sutton Ridge (2), Three Choirs (3), Trevibban Mill (3).

Bronze Medals

South West vineyards took 30 of the 105 Bronze medals. They went to Aldwick Court Farm, Brick House Vineyard, Camel Valley (4), Eastcott, Furleigh, Lily Farm, Lovells (2), Lyme Bay (2), Parva Farm (2), Polgoon (2), Poulton Hill, Sharpham (3), Sixteen Ridges (2), Sutton Ridge, Three Choirs (2), Trevibban Mill (3), White Castle.

Full results >>


SW vineyards News Roundup 1-15th April

SW vineyards  News Roundup 1-15th April


This news is from the Tweets of our members. Click on the links to see the original tweet and get more information about the source.


Vineyards have been celebrating finishing off winter pruning, getting the vines tied down and mowing  between the vine rows.

Wodetone were planting, using a mechanised hole borer and high grafted vines

Vinebuds were swelling. By the 4th Smith & Evans had woolly buds on their champagne varieties, by the 5th Yearlstone had budburst on their Rondo. Dunleavy posted a photo of woolly buds on their Pinot on 12th and Bride Valley posted a photo of an open shoot on a young Chardonnay vine the same day. Camel Valley reported budburst on 15th.

Sales events were gathering Spring momentum: on the 1st Furleigh were providing a tasting @waitrose Parkstone. Smith&Evans were selling at Bristol’s Whiteladies Rd market on 2nd and Taunton farmers market on 5th

After getting their 2015s back from the winery, Sutton Ridge were getting their PGI status and choosing label designs.


Knightor Friday feast continued with a Foraged Feast with Rachel Lambert on the 1st and a Meat Feast with Kittows butchers on 15th . Appletons restaurant at Trevibban Mill continued to get many foodie photos.

Vigo announced they would be holding open days 20/21 Apr

Judi Dench signed the Camel Valley wall of fame on 4th and Japanese MW Ken Ohashi on 9th. Ken tweeted later, describing CV’s “Annie's Anniversary” fizz as having "pristine minerality with leesy complexity”

Three Choirs announced 3 course meal, tour and tasting for May bank Hol (2nd May)

5th Apr Castle Brook announced  a prize draw for a bottle of their fizz and on the same day,  Wodetone report first swallow, pictured over their pond

White Castle were finalists at the Cardiff regional food and drink awards

8th Apr Riverford Field Kitchen announced they are hosting an event for English Wine Week on 31 May featuring Sharpham wines

10th Apr Luke Ford, @suttonridgewine finished Manchester marathon in under 4 hours, and Langham were exhibiting at Portland Food and Boat Festival

Tastings at the Wharf, Langport announce a May 19th tasting with Smith&Evans

11/4 Guy Smith of Smith & Evans visits European Parliament at Strasbourg to lobby for small cider growers duty concession and interviewed on TV

On 12th Dartmoor Business Network announced they are hosting Stephen Barratt on Devon wines on 1 June, and Camel Valley publish a photo of bringing their new winery building into use. "Space, the last frontier" tweeted Sam Lindo. Bob noted it would double their solar power generation

Smith and Evans are finalists in the best drinks producer category of the Western Daily Press Food and Farming awards

Eastcott announce tours on 2 and 4 June for English Wine Week in aid of Devon Air Ambulance

Furleigh are to be at English Wine Week Meet the Winemaker event @vignoble in London on 2 June

Knightor announce they are exhibiting @porthlevenfest on the weekend of 16th Apr


Trevibban Mill  joined the Cornwall Wildlife Trust as a business member

Knightor have a new sign, with new venue under construction and announced a new website to come shortly.

Elgar Promenades was selected for M&S new list.

Launch of Tiger Lily, a restored vintage bus selling selected English Sparkling including Camel Valley and Langham

Yearlstone are getting new 3-phase power supply

Dunleavy are providing vine prunings to @samjleach, Bristol smokers.

Poulton Hill Estate release limited edition Cotswold English Brandy

Waitrose announce 12 additions to its English fizz list including 5 from the SW: Camel Valley, Furleigh, Castle Brook, Sixteen Ridges, Eastcott. And 3 new still whites including Shoreline from Lyme Bay Winery.

Dartington Hall announce combined tour with Sharpham

National press and media

Sharpham featured in @olivemagazine

Oatley interviewed for Carbon Brief's coverage of Alistair Nesbitt's report on the effect of climate change on English vineyards.

Wine Times interview with Liam Idzikowski, Lyme Bay Winery's chief  winemaker

Astley sparkling Kerner featured in Glass of Bubbly magazine

Daily Mail’s Olly Smith commissioning a giant 15 litre bottle of Camel Valley fizz to celebrate Queens 90th. Article also recommends Furleigh and Langham.

Coast Magazine lists 9 best English sparklers including four from the SW: Camel Valley, Sharpham, Pebblebed and Knightor.

Vineyard dogs

Polgoon's Lexi, checking out the apple trees                     

Smith and Evans' Fred has had enough of winter pruning

And ponies

At Sharpham

Jane Awty 20 Apr 2016


"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:

exeter1 exeter 16 -3 sharpham furleigh lily farm2 pebblebed polgoon2 carey valley eascott exeter swva tasters lily farm lyme bay polgoon1 redyeates sidbury torview wythall

Links to participating vineyards' websites:

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


Page 2 of 5