Cotswold Sauvignon Blanc wins international silver medal

Woodchester Valley’s first release Sauvignon Blanc 2017 wins Silver at the International Wine and Spirits Competition

Woodchester Valley Vineyard, based near Stroud in Gloucestershire, has been awarded a potentially ground-breaking Silver medal at one of the most prestigious and internationally recognised wine competitions in the world, the International Wine & Spirit Competition.

The Silver medal was awarded to their Sauvignon Blanc 2017. Their Pinot Noir Rose 2017 also took a silver medal. Other of their wines won medals across the competitions this year.

The International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) is now in its 49th year and was created to award excellence in wine and spirits worldwide. Entries come from nearly ninety countries across the globe.

Vineyard owner, Fiona Shiner said:

“This is our very first vintage Sauvignon Blanc and we are thrilled that it has already picked up an international award. As far as I am aware, this may be the first single varietal English Sauvignon Blanc to win a silver medal. This is incredibly exciting.”

Jeremy Mount, Winemaker added:

“I was initially quite sceptical about the idea of producing Sauvignon Blanc here in the UK, but the sugar levels reached the target figure and the grapes achieved decent phenolic ripeness, showing excellent gooseberry flavours and aromas that were definitely good enough to release as a very interesting single varietal wine.”

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most recognisable grape varieties in the world; originating from France it is grown widely in the Loire and Bordeaux regions, but is also is grown in countries such as New Zealand, South Africa and Chile.

Woodchester Valley Vineyard is believed to be unique in being the only vineyard with a winery within the Cotswolds AONB. It was established by the Shiner family in 2007 with 60,000 vines across three vineyard sites in Woodchester, Amberley and Doverow.

The Sauvignon Blanc is available to purchase exclusively via their website and at the Woodchester Valley Vineyard ‘Cellar Door’ Shop – located on the A46 at South Woodchester, postcode GL5 5EY.

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