It’s great news for English winemakers as a record-breaking 72 English wines take home medals at the 2015 International Wine Challenge, including 14 gold medals for sparkling.
English sparkling wine in particular is stirring up quite a fuss, many claiming that it can be as good as any other sparkling wine – even Champagne!
With winemakers getting used to the soil, climate and gradually finding the perfect way to make wine in England, new winemakers such as Court Garden, Wiston and Henners are joining the mix.
Camel Valley, based in Cornwall, continued it’s repeated success in previous years by winning gold for their sparkling rosé. Bluebell Vineyard in Sussex took home a string of awards, including two golds.
Hampshire-based wineries, Hambledon Vineyard, Cottonworth and Hattingley Valley, all received first-time golds for their sparkling wines. Squerryes also picked up their first gold as well as High Clandon Estate.
The warm spring so far brings hope of a good crop this year in England following the success of the previous two years.