Impressive Medal Haul for SW Vineyards in UK National Wine Competition

Impressive Medal Haul for SW Vineyards in UK National Wine Competition


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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.

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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:

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Links to participating vineyards' websites:

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


SWVA AGM and Spring Meeting to be at Frome Valley Vineyard, Herefordshire

Members to head to Herefordshire on March 8th


The 2016 AGM and Spring Meeting is to be held in the north of the region, at Frome Valley Vineyard, Bishop's Frome in Herefordshire, by kind invitation of Jeanie Falconer.

The vineyard stands on the banks of the river Frome at Paunton. On a south facing slope surrounded by orchards, hop yards and rolling meadows it is easy to see why the site was chosen over twenty years ago.



 It is warm and sheltered, protected from the prevailing weather systems and a gently sloping well drained silty soil which warms readily and provides fertility and a rich balance of minerals. Grape varieties include Pinot Noir, Bacchus, Reichensteiner, Madeleine Angevine, Schonburger and Rondo.

As well as a tour of the vineyard, which features a demonstration area showing the main trellising systems used in the world, and a convivial lunch, jeanie_falconer_and_sweepmembers will receive a demonstration of Pellenc pruning equipment. The meeting will agree the programme for the year and the format of the annual competition, to be held in September.


Note to members: The programme and AGM agenda and papers are available by logging into the members area of the website, in Members' Notices and News.

                                                                                                                  Jeanie Falconer (and  Sweep)


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>>


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