July 28th, 2017
The Hotel du Vin & Bistro Wimbledon, in Cannizaro Park was the beautiful setting for the first ever UK Wine Awards luncheon and presentation on Wednesday 19th July.
Major sponsors, Country Life, Hotel du Vin and Waitrose gathered with English and Welsh wine producers, judges, journalists and key members and supporters of the UK wine industry to celebrate and to congratulate the medal and trophy-winners.
Following the unveiling of the award winners during English Wine Week in May, with Hampshire’s Coates & Seely’s ‘La Perfide’ Blanc de Blancs 2009 being crowned Supreme Champion Wine (full list below), one final trophy was revealed at the Awards luncheon on Wednesday – that of Winery of the Year, which was awarded to Bolney Wine Estate from Sussex.
Susie Barrie MW and Oz Clarke, co-chairs of the stellar judging panel thanked the sponsors, praised the producers and explained what they had set out to achieve and their ambitions for the new national competition for the UK wine industry.
“We were really very excited about this new competition because it just felt right”, commented Susie. “The fact that you, as an industry, wanted a new, contemporary competition just shows how ambitious and confident you are right now, and rightly so. You are making world-class wines and they really deserve the exposure and recognition that a competition like this can give them.”
Full list of trophy winners:
- Supreme Champion, Coates & Seely ‘La Perfide’ Blanc De Blancs 2009
- Winery of the Year, Bolney Wine Estate
- Best Overall Still Wine, Bolney Wine Estate Foxhole Vineyard Pinot Gris 2016
- Best Overall Sparkling Wine, Coates & Seely ‘La Perfide’ Blanc De Blancs 2009
- Best Still Bacchus, Lyme Bay Bacchus Block 2015
- Best Single Varietal Still White, Bolney Wine Estate Foxhole Vineyard Pinot Gris 2016
- Best Sparkling Blanc de Blancs, Coates & Seely ‘La Perfide’ Blanc de Blancs 2009
- Best Sparkling Rosé, Coates & Seely Rosé 2009
- Best Classic Cuvée sparkling wine, Digby Fine English Brut 2010