The Vintners’ Company announces winners of awards celebrating UK wine talent

The Vintners’ Company has announced the winners of its new awards celebrating UK wine talent at a ceremony that took place last week at Vintners’ Hall in the City of London.

With over £12,000 of funding going to the prize winners, the free to enter awards were established by The Vintner’s Company to nurture and support the enterprising individuals and companies who are bringing change, diversity and innovation to the wine industry. Presenting each of the winners their awards, Vintner and CEO at Bibendum Michael Saunders said, ‘It was wonderful to be back at Vintners’ Hall and to be able to award these outstanding and talented people and companies who are responsible for driving the industry forwards. Congratulations to all.’

The UK wine industry saw some exciting and noteworthy Awards:
The Vintners’ UK Wine Award was awarded to Peter Gladwin, Party Ingredients Event Catering and WineGB for his work championing the development of English wine in this market and overseas and his efforts and actions to bring people together laid great foundations for the emergence of the single, overarching body that is now WineGB. Peter is also owner of Nutbourne Vineyards in Sussex.

Liam Steinberg of Gateshead-based urban winery Laneberg Wine Ltd was awarded the prestigious UK Wine Apprentice Award for aspiring winemakers under the age of 30.

Ruth Spivey of Wine Car Boot was awarded The Vintners’ Geoffrey Roberts Award £8,000 bursary, available every two years, to implement a strong idea championing new world or emerging wine regions. Ruth is writing a book on English wine.

UK wine featured again in The Vintners’ Drinks Trust Fundraiser Award, chosen by The Drinks Trust and awarded to a person or company for exceptional fundraising endeavours in support of the Drinks Trust. Ruth Spivey was also presented with this award after raising £2,325 through running and coordinating a relay marathon during the time when the Bacchus Marathon, that usually takes place at Denbies Wine Estate, would have usually taken place. Special mention was given to Nik Darlington of Graft Wine Co, who ran 100km across the South during English Wine Week last year, involving a number of English vineyards along the way.

The other awards recognised outstanding achievement across the wine world.
The Vintner’s Outstanding Young Person Award  was established to recognise and celebrate a person under the age of 35 who is excelling in their field (winemaking and winegrowing included) and demonstrating innovation, leadership and delivery of results was awarded to Beth Pearce MW, Lay & Wheeler.

The Vintners’ Davies Langton Award which subsidises a young member of the wine trade to undertake work experience was awarded to Kit Weaver, Quinta de la Rosa, who will use the prize money to help fulfill his wish to work through a South African harvest. Liberty Wines was awarded the Best Practice Award and Melanie Jappy, TWS Creative and producer of The Wine Show, was awarded the Wine Champion Award, which is given to an individual outside the wine industry who has championed wine in the past year.

Full list of results are here:

THE VINTNERS’ GEOFFREY ROBERTS AWARD – this is an £8,000 bursary awarded every two years for an individual to implement a strong idea championing new world or emerging wine regions.
Winner: Ruth Spivey, Wine Consultant, Writer

THE VINTNERS’ DAVIES LANGTON AWARD – this is a series of up to three awards totalling £3,000 aimed at furthering wine education.
Winner: Kit Weaver, Quinta de la Rosa

THE VINTNERS’ UK WINE APPRENTICE AWARD – this is to enable an aspiring winemaker in a UK winery to have the opportunity to learn about winemaking. The winner will have the opportunity to undertake the Principles of Wine Growing and the Principles of Wine Making courses at Plumpton College in Sussex over a two year period (7 modules per annum).
Winner: Liam Steinberg, Laneberg Wine Ltd

THE VINTNERS’ BEST PRACTICE AWARD – this award celebrates companies that demonstrate best practice in one (or more) of four key business areas: recruitment & diversity, training, sustainability & stewardship and innovation.
Winner: Liberty Wines

THE VINTNERS’ OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON AWARD – this award recognises and celebrates the next generation of talent.
Beth Pearce MW, Lay & Wheeler

THE VINTNERS’ WINE CHAMPION AWARD – a nominated award that will go to someone outside the wine industry who has championed wine in the past year.
Winner: Melanie Jappy, TWS Creative, The Wine Show

THE VINTNERS’ UK WINE AWARD – celebrating a person (or company) who has championed the development of English wine in this market and overseas.
Peter Gladwin, WineGB, Party Ingredients Event Catering

THE VINTNERS’ DRINKS TRUST FUNDRAISER AWARD – chosen and awarded by The Drinks Trust (formerly The Benevolent) and will go to the person or Company who has either raised the most money or undertaken the biggest or most unusual challenge to raise money for The Drinks Trust.
Winner: Ruth Spivey

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