Judging started today in this year’s WineGB Awards
The 2020 edition of the WineGB Awards is underway, with judging kicking off today and will take place all week. There have been challenges, given the current restrictions due to COVID-19, but this wasn’t going to deter the judges from this competition that showcases one of the world’s most exciting wine regions.
The calibre of judges and competition partners make the WineGB Awards the major competition for Great Britain’s wines and wine producers.
The schedule has been modified to ensure that it can take place as safely as possible, whilst maintaining its standards of excellence and thorough judging process. The judges for 2020 are Master of Wine Susie Barrie, broadcaster and author Oz Clarke and Rebecca Palmer, wine buyer at Corney & Barrow. Judging is taking place in West Sussex with the venue provided by Ashling Park Estate, working within the strict safety measures required.
Co-Chair of the judging Susie Barrie MW comments: “It has taken a lot of hard work from everyone, but we were all determined to make sure the Awards could go ahead this year. This is such a prominent competition for the GB wine industry as it serves to highlight the quality and incredible range of styles that Great Britain has to offer.”
WineGB Marketing Manager Julia Trustram Eve comments: “We are delighted that we are able to stage this prestigious competition for our industry this year, despite the inevitable challenges. Whilst we have had to modify things, we are ensuring that we maintain the same rigorous standards and the integrity of the competition, and thank our fantastic judges for their commitment to making this happen.
“We are also indebted to our sponsors and supporters for helping to make this happen. Ashling Park Estate has very kindly donated the venue and rooms for the judging, and we are also very grateful for the support of our main sponsors Waitrose & Partners and Rankin Brothers”, she continues.
Medal winners will be announced on 4th August, with the major Trophy Winners being crowned at a virtual ceremony on 8th September.