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FLINT VINEYARD’S DEBUT VINTAGE WINS TOP PRIZE AT EAST ANGLIA WINE OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

June 26th, 2017

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Flint Vineyard’s Bacchus 2016 has scooped three trophies at this year’s regional competition including East Anglian Wine of the Year 2017, The Berwick Trophy for Best Still Wine and The Macrae Bacchus Trophy.

The Norfolk-based vineyard, which released its first vintage in May this year, has been awarded one of only two gold medals at the East Anglian Wine of the Year 2017, as well as a host of trophies for its Bacchus 2016.

The awards ceremony was held on Sunday 18th June at Toppesfield Vineyard in Essex following the judging which had taken place at Wyken Vineyard earlier in the week where judges commented that Flint Vineyard’s Bacchus had really stood out.

Winemaker, Ben Witchell, said:

“It’s wonderful to have received these accolades in our first year.  We are focussing on producing the finest examples of English still wines and to achieve recognition for this at such an early stage is incredibly rewarding.  Bacchus is fast becoming the English still wine of the moment and we are finding that people who previously might have picked up a Sauvingnon Blanc are starting to buy a bottle of English Bacchus instead.  It’s a very exciting time to be part of the English wine movement.”

Previous to receiving these awards, Flint Vineyard had already established a strong reputation in connection with Bacchus thanks to its innovative research into this grape variety. Later this year the second phase of the research project will focus on how different winemaking techniques influence the production of the aromas which are so important to Bacchus.

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