Dorset Producer is Star of Show at WineGB Awards

The top winners in the WineGB Awards 2019 were announced on 23 July, when the industry came together at Vintners’ Hall, the spiritual home of the UK wine trade, to celebrate of the outstanding achievements in this year’s national competition.
The resounding winner was Langham Wine Estate in Dorset, which scooped four trophies including Top Sparkling and the highest accolade in the competition, the coveted Supreme Champion trophy for its Blanc de Blancs Reserve NV.

Justin Langham of Langham Wine Estate commented: “In our tenth anniversary year I am absolutely delighted that all our hard work and vision has been rewarded with these four superb trophies.

We are not only thrilled to be bringing some of these trophies back to Dorset for a third time, but also honoured to be recognised in these industry-leading awards amongst some really top-quality competition.”

Producers of all sizes, new and long-established, attended the event, together with sponsoring suppliers to the industry, press and notable guests.

The ebullient Peter Richards MW was MC for the day, with Head of Judges, Susie Barrie MW and Co-Chair, Oz Clarke presenting the trophies and reinforcing their excitement over the number and quality of wins in the competition. Last year’s high-quality vintage shone through with the high number of medals gained by the still wines.

On the day the UK’s new Prime Minister was announced, a passionate Oz Clarke gave a rousing speech to the guests:

“Whether we are supporters of ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’, we need to have things to be proud of in Britain and the Great British Wine Movement is definitely one of them… We can start dreaming in a way we couldn’t dream before, of something very special happening in the fields of Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and all over the UK. We feel so privileged to judge English and Welsh wines at such a special time.”

A total of 19 Trophies were unveiled (see full list below). More categories were included this year, illustrating the top-quality wines across the style range in this year’s competition.

Two new trophies were introduced to recognize the ever-expanding industry: Best Boutique Winery (won by Sutton Ridge Vineyard in Somerset) and Newcomer of the Year (Roebuck Estates in Sussex).

Different parts of the country were recognised this year; Kent scooped the highest number (seven) with four trophies won by Chapel Down and Gusbourne taking three. Dorset won four trophies – all from Langham Wine Estate – as did Sussex, with the Thames Valley scooping three.

A further new accolade was announced by Simon Robinson, Chairman of WineGB – the first Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Chris Foss, recently retired Head of Wine Studies at Plumpton College, who founded the department 31 years ago. The enthusiastic applause from the audience signified the high regard in which he is held, with many of the award-winning producers present having been trained under his tutelage.

Simon Robinson, Chairman of WineGB, commented:
“We are very proud of these, our national Awards. They are meticulously organised, and the judging is led by a very strong and professional team from the wine trade to seal the high quality in which any awards are regarded. A medal in this competition is high accolade indeed – to win a trophy represents the pinnacle of success. My congratulations to all our winners this year.”

The 2019 competition was sponsored by two main partners – Waitrose & Partners, a long-standing champion of English and Welsh wines and Rankin Brothers & Sons, a leading manufacturer and supplier of bottle closures to the winemakers of England and Wales. Several suppliers to the industry and trade outlets, all proactive promoters of the industry, also sponsored the range of trophies. See details below.

All the trophy-winning wines will be available to taste at WineGB’s Annual Trade & Press Tasting on Wednesday 4th September. To find out more, visit https://www.winegb.co.uk/trade/trade-tasting/

Full copy of all trophy and medal winners available here

WineGB Awards Presentation booklet is available here

The WineGB Awards is the UK wine industry’s national competition designed to showcase the distinctive styles of sparkling and still wines produced in the UK. The Awards are run by the industry body, Wines of Great Britain, in association with sponsors, Waitrose & Partners www.waitrosecellar.com and Rankin Brothers & Co www.rankincork.co.uk

This year, 254 wines were entered from England and Wales; 39 gold, 53 silver and 124 bronze medals were awarded.

About the Judges and the judging process
A stellar line up of twelve judges, headed up by Susie Barrie MW and Oz Clarke, were carefully chosen to represent different spheres of the wine world, from wine buying and selling in retail, wholesale and the on-trade as well as communication. Each has extensive experience in competition judging and professional knowledge of English and Welsh wines. All the wines were judged to international standards of marking. See full list of judges below.

Susie Barrie MW (Chair of Judges), Oz Clarke (Co-Chair), Sam Caporn MW, Sue Daniels, Nik Darlington, Simon Field MW, Richard Hemming MW, Matthieu Longuère MS, Christine Parkinson, Jane Parkinson, Pierpaolo Petrassi MW, Philip Tuck MW

 

FULL LIST OF TROPHIES AWARDED AT THE VINTNERS’ HALL ON 23RD JULY

BEST STILL BACCHUS
Jack Ward Trophy
Sponsored by The Pig Hotels
Chapel Down Bacchus 2018

BEST BLANC DE NOIRS
The Hattingley Valley Trophy
Sponsored by Hattingley Valley Wines
Alder Ridge Blanc De Noirs 2014
Harrow & Hope Blanc de Noirs 2013
(joint winners)

BEST BLENDED WHITE
The McNie Trophy
Sponsored by Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Denbies Wine Estate Ranmore Hill 2017

BEST CLASSIC CUVEE NV
The President’s Trophy
Sponsored by Vigo Ltd
Ridgeview Bloomsbury NV

BEST NON-CLASSIC BLEND
Dudley Quirk Trophy
Sponsored by Boxes & Packaging
Breaky Bottom Cuvée Oliver Minkley 2011

BEST PRESTIGE CUVEE
Norman Cowderoy Founder’s Trophy
Sponsored by Bevtech Ltd
Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Coeur De Cuvée 2014
Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2013
(joint winners)

BEST STILL ROSÉ
The Waitrose Trophy
Sponsored by Waitrose & Partners
Gusbourne Cherry Garden Rosé 2018

BEST SPARKLING ROSÉ
Bob Lindo Trophy
Sponsored by Vine Care
Langham Wine Estate Rosé NV

BEST STILL PINOT NOIR
The Bolney Wine Estate Trophy
Sponsored by Bolney Wine Estate
Gusbourne Pinot Noir 2016

BEST SINGLE VARIETAL WHITE
Tom Day Trophy
Sponsored by The Gallivant
Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Chardonnay 2016

BEST BLANC DE BLANCS
The Berwick Trophy
Sponsored by Core Equipment
Langham Wine Estate Blanc de Blancs Reserve NV

BEST RED BLEND
Bernard Theobald Trophy
Sponsored by Wine Pantry
Three Choirs Ravens Hill 2017

BEST CLASSIC CUVÉE VINTAGE
Mike Roberts Trophy
Sponsored by Ridgeview Wine Estate
Roebuck Estates Classic Cuvée 2014

TOP SPARKLING
Vintners’ Trophy
Sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons
Langham Wine Estate Blanc de Blancs Reserve NV

TOP STILL
Wine Guild Trophy
Sponsored by Waitrose & Partners
Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Chardonnay 2016

BEST NEWCOMER
Rankin Award
Sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons
Roebuck Estates

BEST BOUTIQUE PRODUCER
Campden BRI/Geoff Taylor Award
Sponsored by Campden BRI
Sutton Ridge Vineyard

WINERY OF THE YEAR
McAlpine Trophy
Sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons
Harrow & Hope

SUPREME CHAMPION
Gore-Browne Trophy
Sponsored by NFU Mutual
Langham Wine Estate Blanc de Blancs Reserve NV

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