Langham Wine Estate wins Southwest Wine of the Year 2021

“Impressive” wines of the West shine at 50th annual competition

Corks were popping in celebration at the 50th WineGB West Annual Competition which took place at the Langham Wine Estate in Dorset on Tuesday 14th September.

From amateur enthusiasts to internationally-renowned wine estates, a panel of six judges rated a total of 101 wines from 28 producers. Winemakers from across the West of Great Britain were praised for the impressive high quality and regional identity found in the wines entered into the competition.

The 2021 Judges were : wine consultant, writer and presenter Angela Mount (Chair); wine writer and presenter Susy Atkins; Simon Thorpe MW – Chief Executive of WineGB; Zoe Driver – Assistant Winemaker at Black Chalk Wine in Hampshire; Tom Lakin – Head Sommelier of Casamia Restaurant in Bristol and Yannick LoueLe Vignoble (Plymouth, Bath & Bristol)

2021 Trophy Winners

Committee Cup for the Best Dry White Wine
Whitehall Bacchus 2020 (Wiltshire)

The Association Cup for the Best Non-Dry White Wine
Sandridge Barton Bacchus (Devon) is

Sunnybank Trophy for the Best Red Wine
Three Choirs Ravens Hill 2018 (Gloucestershire)

The Ray Palfrey Cup for the Best Sparkling White Wine
Langham Culver Classic Cuvée NV (Dorset)

Chairman’s Cup for Best Sparkling Rosé
Trevibban Mill NV (Cornwall)

Southwest Wine of the Year
Langham Culver Classic Cuvée NV (Dorset)

Gillian Pearks Memorial Bowl –
Chairman of WineGB West Guy Smith

Chair of Judges Angela Mount says after all of the wines were awarded they judged Langham’s Culver Classic Cuvée NV as the best wine of the southwest.
“It’s great to see the wines from the West really coming into their own, stamping their regional identity and championing quality. I was delighted with the buzz that has been created in the West and the number of wineries that entered the competition,” says Angela, who adds: “The standard was impressively high and I know this will only continue to develop over time. With this part of the country primed for holiday makers and tourism, now is the time to be really proud of the region and to start to shout about it.”

Owner of the Langham Wine Estate Justin Langham, who was awarded two trophies for the Best Sparkling White Wine and Southwest Wine of the Year, says: “We were delighted to host the 50th anniversary WineGB West Competition and to see so many faces from vineyards across the West; and I am sure hosting the awards at Langham had nothing to do with us winning the best wine of the year!”

Langham is also the title holder of Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year in the International Wine & Spirit Competition awarded in November last year.

The competition aims to highlight the quality of wines being produced in the West of Great Britain including those from Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

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