It has been another exciting year of accolades for Britain’s wine industry as it celebrates another clutch of top medals and awards in the 2020 International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Britain once again did not disappoint – winning 78 medals – 47 Bronze, 25 Silvers, 6 Golds and 1 Trophy. The trophy winner was Black Chalk Classic Cuvée 2016 (a Trophy winner in our own WineGB Awards too), and one English winery shortlisted for a major trophy to be announced at tomorrow night’s IWSC Awards Event, taking place online at 6pm. The full medal count can be found here.
As with most competitions this year, rigorous alternative arrangements had to be put in place to ensure the many wines entered were judged in a safe environment whilst retaining the highest level of quality in assessment and judging.
This is a particularly significant year for the wine industry of Great Britain as a whole, with the first UK producer as IWSC President in Tamara Roberts of family-owned and run Ridgeview wine Estate, which was crowned Winemaker of the Year in IWSC in 2018 – a first for an English wine estate.
Commenting on her role as President of IWSC, Tamara Roberts says: “It is difficult to comprehend the enormity of this award to Ridgeview and the family. Being the first English sparkling wine producer to win such a coveted trophy from the ‘Oscars’ of the wine world is a huge achievement. I love the IWSC for its uncompromising focus on quality which gives all producers a way of benchmarking their wines against the very best in the world. Being recognised as the Winemaker of the Year shows just what can be done when quality is at the heart of everything you do.”
“The IWSC Presidency Hall of Fame boasts some of the greatest names in global wine and we as an industry salute Tamara being the first from our industry in this esteemed line up,” says Simon Thorpe MW, WineGB’s CEO. “It not only celebrates the multi award-winning credentials of one of England’s leading sparkling wine producers but promotes Great Britain as a wine region of international repute.”
Look out for a major piece on English wine in IWSC’s next print issue of their magazine Club Oenologique – out on the same day as the awards ceremony – which includes an interview and photo shoot at Ridgeview and other estates.
Tune in to the Awards event on Wednesday evening (18 November) premiering on YouTube at 6pm – visit the IWSC YouTube page here