Wines from seven vineyards across Wales have been recognised at the Welsh Vineyards Association’s annual Welsh Wine Awards.
35 wines were tasted at the event, which was held at Llanerch Vineyard in the Vale of Glamorgan. The wines were split into five classes: white, rosé, red, sparkling white and sparkling rosé, which were then judged blind by a judging panel of renowned industry experts: Michael Harrison, Simon Awdry and Yannick Joseph.
Overall, 29 out of the 35 wines entered won awards in either bronze or silver. One wine was then chosen as the overall winner for each individual class, with an overall winning wine receiving the Thomas Davies Memorial Trophy.
Montgomery Vineyard from Powys stole the show, winning four of the five classes – white, red, rosé and sparkling rosé – as well as taking home the Thomas Davies Memorial Trophy for its Sparkling Rosé, 2017. Llaethliw Vineyard, based in Ceredigion, scooped the award for best sparkling white.
Robb Merchant, Chairman of the Welsh Vineyards Association and owner of White Castle Vineyard in Monmouthshire, said: “The Welsh Wine Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the fantastic wine we now produce in Wales.
“The judging panel had a really difficult job deciding the winners as this year’s awards saw 35 wines entered. A total of 29 wines were recognised making it the most successful year to-date. With so many wines now winning awards in comparison to previous years, the future is looking very promising for Welsh wine.”
Anthony Mills, who heads up Wine & Spirits Group as part of The Drinks Development Cluster for Wales, said: “The wine industry in Wales is becoming increasingly established, attracting interest from further afield. A forward-thinking approach by Welsh Government to develop a cluster approach to facilitate and encourage collaborative working means the sector is punching above its weight.
“Many of our vineyards are developing a reputation for producing wines of excellent quality and slowly increasing the level of awareness. With further collaboration and innovation, I’m looking forward to seeing what the Welsh vineyards produce over the coming years and establishing Welsh wine as a staple on wine lists in restaurants and bars across the country and within the UK.”
Welsh Wine Awards 2019 winners:
Overall Best Wine and Winner of the Thomas Davies Memorial Trophy – Sponsored by WELSH GOVERNMENT FOOD DIVISION
MONTGOMERY SPARKLING ROSÉ 2017
1. Best White – Sponsored by Halfpenny Green Wine Estate
Montgomery Vineyard Bacchus/Solaris 2018
2. Best Rosé – Sponsored by Levercliff
Montgomery Rosé 2018
3. Best Red – Sponsored by John Buchan Agronomy Ltd
Montgomery Rondo 2018
4. Best Sparkling White – Sponsored by Three Choirs Vineyards
5. Best Sparkling Rosé – Sponsored by The Welsh Drinks Cluster
Main sponsor – ERNST WEIS Vineyard Planting & Equipment
Bronze sponsor – WineCellarDoor.co.uk
Featured image: Woody Lennard of Montgomery Vineyard with Welsh Vineyards Association Robb Merchant at Welsh Wine Awards