Wales’ best wines celebrated at annual awards
Wines from seven vineyards across Wales have been recognised at the Welsh Vineyards Association’s annual Welsh Wine Awards.
35 wines were tasted at the event, which was held at Llanerch Vineyard in the Vale of Glamorgan. The wines were split into five classes: white, rosé, red, sparkling white and sparkling rosé, which were then judged blind by a judging panel
of renowned industry experts: Michael Harrison, Simon Awdry and Yannick Joseph.
Each wine was given a score out of 20, with those scoring 14–15.9 awarded bronze, 16–17.9 awarded silver and 18–20 awarded gold. Overall, 29 out of the 35 wines won awards
in either bronze or silver. One wine was then chosen as the overall winner for each individual class, with an overall winning wine receiving the Thomas Davies Memorial Trophy.
Montgomery Vineyard stole the show, winning four of the five classes - red, rosé and sparkling rosé - as well as taking home the Thomas Davies Memorial Trophy for its Sparkling Rosé, 2017.
Robb Merchant, Chairman of the Welsh Vineyards Association and owner of White Castle Vineyard in Monmouthshire, said: The Welsh Wine Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the fantastic wine we now produce in Wales.
The judging panel had a really difficult job deciding the winners as this year’s awards saw 35 wines entered. A total of 29 wines were recognised making it the most successful year to-date. With so many wines now winning awards
in comparison to previous years, the future is looking very promising for Welsh wine.
Sponsors and class awards for the Welsh Wine Awards 2019:Main sponsor – ERNST WEIS Vineyard Planting & Equipment
Overall Best Wine and Winner of the Thomas Davies Memorial Trophy– Sponsored by WELSH GOVERNMENT FOOD DIVISION
MONTGOMERY SPARKLING ROSÉ 2017
Report by Wine Cluster Wales