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World's best white wine announced and it is from England!

May 19th, 2017


Winbirri Vineyards, a Norfolk-based, family-run producer has won the accolade of World's Best  singe varietal white wine  at The Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (DWWA) the world’s largest and most prestigious wine competition judged by top wine experts from around the world. The DWWA is respected internationally as an unrivalled source of wine recommendations.

Winbirri Vineyards Bacchus 2015 fought off strong competition from all over the world to take awardThe wine scored 95/100 to win the Platinum Best In Show. "Best Value White Single-Varietal"

This is the first time in history a vineyard from England has won  such a major international award for a still wine. The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) has been running since 2004 and is the largest International wine competition in the world with 17,200 entries this year.

The prestigious competition takes place at the end of April each year with around 200 Judges who fly in from all over the world, including Master of Wine and Master Sommeliers.  The first round is judged by a team of experts with this year’s UK chair being Stephen Skelton where this wine received a Gold medal.  Later in the week all the Gold’s were re-tasted to determine the platinum Trophy where this Bacchus received the UK best White Still wine.

A few weeks later the platinum Trophy winners from other countries were re-tasted by the 3 co-chairman’s who award the ‘Best in Show’.

Lee Dyer, owner and winemaker at Winbirri Vineyards

“Winning this award for our Bacchus 2015 at the Decanter World Wine Awards really doesn't get any bigger,” says Lee. “It makes all the hard work worthwhile and it will help put England and Norfolk on the map as a region capable of making world-class wines. It’s also a fantastic endorsement for us and proves the quality of the wines, it is good to see them get the recognition they deserve.”

Stephen Skelton MW www.englishwine.com,  Decanter Head Chair judge for UK region . "The Winbirri 2015 Bacchus is one of the best wines made from Bacchus that I have ever tasted. Its nose is fresh and fruity and although the colour is very pale, the wine packs a powerful, fruit-filled palate. The acidity is amazingly fresh with a real zing to it, but at the same time balanced with a harmonious, full body. It is mouth-filling and packs a powerful, acid-toned finish. This is the type of dry English wine that will please any discerning palate".

Although only in its forth vintage, Winbirri Vineyards Bacchus has already made a huge impact, collecting eight trophies in just three years, including Platinum Best In Show,  English & Welsh Wine of the Year and East Anglia Wine of the Year.

Alison Curwood Dip WSET, Decanter  (www.wineathome.co.uk)

‘I am so delighted for Lee and his team it is a phenomenal achievement in producing such a world class wine.  As part of my role at decanter this year I managed the award entries for the UK and as the previous Secretary of the EAVA I have always had confidence in the quality of his wine and persuaded him to entered the competition.  I feel so fortunate that Winbirri Vineyard has now put its and East Anglian wine on the world stage of winemaking’