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UK Wine Awards 2017

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Enter the UK Wine Awards – deadline 12 noon on 18th April!

A not-to-be-missed opportunity to put your wines in front of very high profile judges, including Susie Barrie MW, Oz Clarke, Rebecca Hull and Hamish Anderson.   See links to entry forms and information below.  Look out for coverage of the UK Wine Awards in the National Press very soon! 

The UKVA’s new wine competition closes for entries on at 12 noon on 18th April. Visit the UKVA website www.ukva.org.uk/competition/ for entry form, rules and more, or see links below. 

18th  April 2017 (at 12 noon) – entry forms and payment

24th April 2017 – delivery of wines.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your wines to a national audience. We are very fortunate to have the support of Hotel du Vin, Waitrose and Country Life magazine to promote our UK Wine Awards far and wide!  By entering you are part of this very positive initiative for our industry,” says Peter Gladwin, UKVA Chairman. “And remember – by entering the UK Wine Awards invests in the UK wine industry, as any surplus made from the competition is for the benefit of members.” Peter added.

Why you should enter:

  • A line up of top Judges; Susie Barrie MW, Oz Clarke, Rebecca Hull MW English wine buyer at Waitrose, Phil Tuck MW, wine director of Hatch Mansfield, David Bird MW; Christine Parkinson, Head buyer at top restaurant group Hakkasan; Alex Hunt MW, purchasing director of Berkmann Wine Cellars; and Hamish Anderson, Group Wine Buyer for the Tate restaurants and wine writer for the Telegraph magazine.
  • Great sponsor support: Country Life providing magazine coverage to their extensive readership. Hotel du Vin are brimming with enthusiasm to support English wines. Waitrose continue to be a leading and valued supporter of English & Welsh wines.
  • Great publicity: With support from Hotel du Vin’s PR company Hudson Sandler, the press coverage of the UK Wine Awards will be far reaching, backed up by extensive social media and added PR activities around the competition. The EWP Trade Tasting will also provide a platform to promote the UK Wine Awards, and winners will be announced in time for English Wine Week.

 

photo Susie Barry MW credit Cath Lowe photographer

Susie Barrie M, Chair oj Judges (credit Cath Lowe)

“This is such an exciting opportunity to be part of a larger, more outward-facing and high profile competition.  We've put a great deal of work in to making this a competition that will showcase the UK as one of the world's most exciting wine regions.”
Susie Barrie MW, Chair of Judges

Oz Clarke Portrait Photograph by Simon Buck 2015

Oz Clarke, Co-Chair (credit Simon Buck)

“We are bubbling with confidence.  We want a UK Wine Awards which reflects that confidence.  We are certain that the crop of wines we judge will be the most exciting group of English and Welsh wines ever assembled together under one roof. We want our Wine Awards to trumpet the message across the wine world that the English and the Welsh are coming and we will not be denied!  Susie, I, and the other judges can't wait to get started.”

Here to help:

If you have any questions or concerns (such as – ‘can you get your analysis back before 10 April’?) Please contact the Competition Manager at belinda@ukwineawards.co.uk

UK Wine Awards in association with:

Country Life logo      Hotel du Vin     Waitrose logo 2   EWP logo   Gold logo round only

 

Click here to download:

UK Wine Awards 2017

UK Wine Awards 2017 entry process

UK Wine Awards Entry Terms & Rules 2017

uk wine awards entry form fillable part 1

uk wine awards entry form fillable part 2

 

UK WINE AWARDS

The UKVA will be taking the industry’s national competition forward, to make it more outward-facing, create more PR and attract more media attention. The changes have been formulated after consultation and agreement by the UKVA Management Committee and Council.

The new competition will be more inclusive and attractive to all sectors of the industry from the smallest to the largest. At the heart of the competition is a well-structured evaluation of the wines entered, involving judges who come from all walks of the wine trade – from retailers to sommeliers, wine trade experts with experience in English wines.

The awards will be announced in time for the beginning of English Wine Week to maximise on publicity and for integration into vineyards’ marketing programmes.

Main trophies and non-product awards will be announced at the UK WINE AWARDS Celebration Lunch in July.

NEW RULES SUMMARY

Any English or Welsh wine made to PDO/PGI standards will be eligible for all categories, regardless of production

Both still and sparkling wines will be judged in categories that reflect and define the styles produced in the UK today   

 

The full details on the competition revision are available here including details of the consultation results.

For more information, please contact the Competition Manager, Belinda Mercer on belinda@ukwineawards.co.uk

Results of recent previous competitions:

 

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