The WineGB Awards is the national competition for the English and Welsh wine industry. Organised and run by WineGB, the aim and purpose of the Awards is to send out a powerful message of the quality, consistency and variety of our wines. This is made so because our competition’s wines are judged rigorously and to the highest standards. Co-chaired by leading wine experts, writers and presenters Susie Barrie MW and Oz Clarke OBE, the judges involved are all actively involved in the wine trade and possess a professional knowledge of the industry’s wines.
The competition is embraced by producers of all sizes, with some of the smallest producers’ wines tasted alongside very largest in the country, and the newest producers in the GB wine industry pitched against some of the most established and respected.
The judging process:
Judging normally takes about four days. All the wines are tasted blind and in style category flights. The wines are tasted in judges’ groups for the first two days. If a group of judges are undecided about any wine, those wines are reviewed by the Co-Chairs. All the Gold medals are then retasted blind on day 3 to select trophies. The trophy winners are then tasted again to select the Top Still and Top Sparkling and from those the Supreme Champion.
The Results for 2022
Record Number of Entries at WineGB Awards 2022
• Highest number of entries, with 11 newcomers
• 48% of the medals awarded for sparkling wines, 52% for still wine
• Almost every county in England and Wales represented
The medal winners of the annual WineGB Awards are announced today (24 June) with producers from almost every county in England and Wales being awarded medals. This year saw a record number of entries, with well over 100 producers entering, 11 of these for the first time.
Of the medals awarded, 139 (48%) went to sparkling, and 152 (52%) showing that the number and quality of still wines being produced in the UK continues to grow.
The Innovation Category featured many different styles, demonstrating the dynamism of the sector. Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire was awarded Gold for its newly launched Amber (orange) wine , with two medals being awarded to newcomers and first time entrants Ark Wines in Suffolk for a wine made using the Ripasso method (drying grapes to concentrate the sugars) and an unfiltered and unfined Bacchus. Medals were awarded to a Col Fondo wine (which translates from Italian to “with the bottom,” meaning that sediment or lees are present) from Vagabond Wines in London.
All the gold medal winning sparkling wines were from classic varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier), with both large and small wineries being successful. Notable successes among smaller producers include Cobble Hill in Norfolk (a 3.6ha vineyard near Burnham Market); London Cru – an urban winery in Fulham, London and Artelium, a newcomer to the English wine scene in Sussex.
Chardonnay triumphed in the still wine category, with all entries in to this category gaining medals, and scooping 4 of the 9 Gold medals. Pinot Noir also showed well with 17 medals, 2 of them Gold. In Wales 2 Gold medals were awarded for Chardonnay and one for Pinot Noir. Bacchus also took 2 gold medals and earned the highest proportion of medals overall with 24% of all the medals awarded in the still wine category. The two Gold medals for Bacchus went to one of the largest producers, Chapel Down in Kent, and one of the smallest, Lily Farm Vineyard in Devon.,
Sussex and Kent dominated the medal tables with 61 and 60 medals respectively; other notable county wins were Hampshire (19 medals) Devon (15), Gloucestershire (15), Somerset (10), Cornwall (9), Surrey (9), Greater London (9), Norfolk (9), Dorset (8), Suffolk (8) and Essex (8).
“We were absolutely thrilled with the quality of the whole range of wines that we tasted this year. There were some fabulous wines in both still and sparkling style categories, which shows just how exciting and dynamic the UK now is as a wine region. What’s terrific is that the wins come from both the largest producers and some of the smallest, and from long established to newcomers. We’ve also awarded medals to wines from every region in the country, showing the scope of styles and grape varieties. Huge congratulations to all the medal winners!” "”
Susie Barrie MW
The WineGB Awards 2022 - Results
This year's competition took place in June 2022, with a dedicated judging panel comprising:
Co-Chairs Susie Barrie MW and Oz Clarke OBE
Hamish Anderson, Group Buyer for The Tate Restaurant Group
Aleesha Hansel, wine writer and presenter
Luke Harbor, Head Sommelier, The Pig Hotel Group
Matthew Horsley, Buyer at The Wine Society
Alice Lascelles, drinks writer and presenter
Helen McGinn, wine writer and broadcaster
Rebecca Palmer, wine buyer of Corney & Barrow
2022 saw the highest ever number of entries and first-time entrants from all over England and Wales, with 24 new producers entering for the first time. The results illustrate the ever-growing quality, innovation and new talent in the industry and reinforces some of the best-known winemakers in the ‘Hall of Fame’ of GB wines. Judging took place in the beautiful surroundings of Exton Park Vineyard in Hampshire. Each wine goes through a rigorous judging process.
We were also generously supported by the following who have sponsored our Trophies: