WineGB Awards 2018

   

Oz Clarke and Susie Barrie MW will again be leading the judging in the WineGB awards 2018

WineGB Awards is the national competition for wine produced from grapes grown in England and Wales, inspired by the growing popularity of English and Welsh wines. Designed to showcase the different styles of sparkling and still wines produced on these very shores, the Awards are run by WineGB in association with Hotel du Vin, Country Life and Waitrose.

The wines were judged to international standards by top wine experts that regularly judge the biggest international competitions. Chaired by Susie Barrie MW and Oz Clarke.

 The WineGB Award winners will be announced to coincide with English Wine Week, which takes place this week (26th May to 3th June). More information on English Wine Week  contact [email protected] 

Press contact:  [email protected]

Now open for entries for WineGB Awards 2018 - deadline is 23 March

This UK industry competition  is well-respected by the media, trade and consumers - all members of WineGB are urged to enter and receive recognition as one of the top English and Welsh wine producers. WineGB members please read below for highlights and entry process.

2018 Key Dates

6 March 2018: Competition opens
13 April 2018: NEW deadline for entries
20 April 2018: Deadline for wines to reach Sensible Wine Services Ltd
14 and 15 May 2018: Judging days
30 May 2018: Results
16 July 2018: Awards lunch/Winery of the Year announced 

Benefits of Entering

  • Gain recognition for your award winning wines
  • Outward-facing competition, creating more PR opportunities and media attention for trophy and medal-winning wines
  • Awards to be announced during English Wine Week to maximise on publicity and for integration into Vineyards' marketing programmes.
  • Expert judging panel co-chaired by Susie Barrie MW and Oz Clarke
  • A great boost to selling your wines
  • A bottle shot photograph for each award winning wine to increase marketing opportunities
  • Feedback in the form of a tasting note for those unsuccessful with a medal.

Entry Process
Click here to download the Entry Process. This explains the entry process, delivery and timings.
Click here to download Part 1 of the Form (general information): this to be completed just ONCE
Click here for Part 2 (details of the wine entered), complete the details and send. Complete a separate survey for EACH wine entered. 
Click here to download the Terms of Entry.

Cost of Entry
Cost per entry £65 plus VAT (£13). Total cost is £78

Please note: The WineGB Awards is only open for entries to WineGB members.

If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact Belinda Mercer, Competition Manager WineGB Awards. Email: [email protected]

Here's what some of last year's winners had to say:
Nicholas Coates, co-founder of Coates and Seeley [second from left]
Supreme Champion 2017
Top Sparkling Wine, Most Outstanding Blanc de Blancs
Most Outstanding Sparkling Rosé
'These are the BAFTAs of the UK wine world: a judgement on the best of British, by the British. A must to enter, in our opinion, and well worth winning!' 
Sam Linter, MD and Head Winemaker, Bolney Wine Estate [far right]
Winery of the Year, Top Still Wine, Most Outstanding Single Varietal 2017
"The WineGB Awards are a fantastic opportunity for English Vineyards to gain recognition and be judged against their peers. They are easy to enter and the judges are very qualified and well-respected in the wine wider industry. Bolney’s triple trophy win last year really helped us in promoting our winery and we received a large amount of interest from the press and trade from this". 
Jeremy Mount,  Winemaker, Woodchester Valley
Gold Medal Winner

"Greatest platform of any competition to see how our wines fare against the most expansive range of wines made in the UK"
Liam Idzikowski, Head Winemaker, The Lyme Bay Winery
Most Outstanding Bacchus 2017

"At Lyme Bay we were delighted to win the award for Most Outstanding Bacchus at the 2017 UK Wine Awards. Competitions are a big business for the organisers and the entrants, so as more and more competitions are appearing, it is great to see our industry body is as professional and rigorous as any others out there. With the high standards set by the organisers, sponsors and judges, the competition win had a high impact in media coverage and sales".

Kristina Studzinski, Founder, Off the Line Vineyard
Silver Medal Winner

'Winning a silver medal in the UK Wine Awards in 2017 has brought Off the Line added recognition at an early stage. Although there are many competitions around, the UK Wine Awards remains the most prestigious competition for UK producers due to the number and quality of entries combined with the calibre and independence of the judges. The competition is definitely something that the trade and consumers understand and relate to in a really positive way as we find when selling our rosé.'

Phillip Watts, Founder and Winemaker, Barnsole
Bronze Medal Winner

"Barnsole make and sell English sparkling and still wines directly to the public and increasingly through the trade. Although we've never won a Gold, exhibiting a wall of 30 past certificates and applying a Silver or Bronze medal to our bottles certainly engenders confidence in a purchase and serves as an industry endorsement of our quality values. Barnsole will continue to capitalise on the WineGB Wine Awards opportunity."

And some words from the judges:

Susie Barrie MW: 
"We were blown away by the overall standard of entries to the new GB Wine Awards in 2017. The sparkling wines are clearly world-class and just keep getting better, but the still wines were the big surprise, with many showing incredible potential. It’s undoubtedly an exciting time for the UK's still wine producers and I’m hoping to taste some very special still wines in 2018."

Oz Clarke, speaking at the 2017 awards ceremony lunch:
"Without producers, we have no competition but the point is that this competition exists for you, to reward you for your wines, and to spread your names to a wider world and to help you tell your story."

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Results from previous years

UK Wine Awards Results 2017 

 The best wine produced in England and Wales has been revealed today as the winners of the first UK Wine Awards are announced. Coates & Seely’s La Perfide Blanc de Blancs 2009 was awarded Supreme Champion sponsored by Hotel du Vin, beating almost 300 other English and Welsh wines to the title.

The Awards received an incredible 293 entries from producers across England and Wales, with 20 gold, 36 silver and 127 bronze medals awarded to winning wines.

Hampshire-based Coates & Seely proved the stand-out producer, taking home four of the eight trophies.

 Overall:

  • 293 wines were entered 
  • 62% of these won medals, in keeping with the proportion of well-established international competitions
  • Eight wine trophies were awarded
  • 20 Gold, 36 Silver and 127 Bronze medals were awarded

What the Awards can tell us about English and Welsh wines:

 English Sparkling Wines are particularly successful. Though only 42% of the wines entered were sparkling, 75% of gold medal winners were sparkling wines, as were 67% of the silvers

  • Chardonnay is the dominant grape variety in terms of wins, gaining six of the 20 golds and 50 medals overall for still and sparkling wine
  • Pinot Noir also proved a successful variety in England and Wales, winning 42 medals overall
  • The most popular still variety remains Bacchus, England’s third most planted variety (after Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), gaining just under a third of the total medals won by still wines
  • Pinot Gris is an emerging variety in England, winning golds for a still and a sparkling
  • Medal winners were a mix of established and new producers, showing that even from the first vintage wine, some excellent wines are being produced in the UK
  • The same can be said for the number of established producers that are proving time and again that the quality of their wines is consistent
  • A wine that has seen more ageing has proven to be the overall winner – this shows the ageing potential in English sparkling wine

Full list of trophy winners:

  • Supreme Champion, sponsored by Hotel du Vin: Coates & Seely La Perfide Blanc De Blancs 2009
    • Judges comment: “Fabulously elegant and refined with the seductive toasted brioche and honey notes from age.”
  • Best Overall Still Wine, sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Son: Bolney Wine Estate Foxhole Vineyard Pinot Gris 2016
    • Judges comment: “A delightful example of Pinot Gris; pure, expressive, and fragrant with notes of honeysuckle and spiced pear.”
  • Best Overall Sparkling Wine, sponsored by Croxsons: Coates & Seely La Perfide Blanc De Blancs 2009
  • Best Sparkling Blanc de Blancs, sponsored by Close Bros Brewery Rentals: Coates & Seely La Perfide Blanc de Blancs 2009
  • Best Sparkling Rosé, sponsored by Tubex: Coates & Seely Rosé 2009
    • Judges comment: “From its antique gold colour to its rich sour cherry and truffle flavours, this is a graceful, mature rosé to sip and savour.”
  • Best Classic Cuvée sparkling wine, sponsored by Henderson Insurance: Digby Fine English Brut 2010
    • Judges comment: “A great vintage and a seriously classy wine that offers a compelling mouthful of white peach, honey and freshly baked bread.”
  • Best Still Bacchus, sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Son: Lyme Bay Bacchus Block 2015
    • Judges comment: “Packed with zesty lime, fennel and elderflower flavours, this is English Bacchus at its refreshing best.”
  • Best Single Varietal Still White, sponsored by MHA Carpenter Box: Bolney Wine Estate Foxhole Vineyard Pinot Gris 2016

 

Supporters and sponsors of UK Wine Awards 

About Hotel du Vin

Hotel du Vin is an elegant collection of 17 town house and city centre properties with a particular emphasis on food and beverage. Each boasts its own individuality and personality, resonating from the character of the historic buildings that have been sensitively converted into stylish boutique hotels. The essence of the brand lies in its unyielding commitment to doing the simple things well. A love of wine resonates with substantial wine menu that features many of the world’s best and often relatively unknown wine producers. The substance and style of the bedrooms are completed with attentive touches including Egyptian cotton bedding, monsoon power showers and roll-top baths.

Locations: Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Harrogate, Henley-on-Thames, Newcastle, Poole, St Andrews, Tunbridge Wells, Wimbledon, Winchester and York

 Calum Russell, Director at Hotel du Vin said, “As our name suggests wine is at the heart of what we do. We are passionate about finding the very best wines for our customers to try, and English and Welsh wines are increasingly a key part of that. We’re delighted to be supporting the competition and the UK wine industry.” 

www.hotelduvin.com

Follow @HotelduVinbrand on Twitter

 

 

 About Waitrose

 With a 63% market share of English sparkling wines, Waitrose has been a champion of homegrown wines since the beginning.   The national high street chain lists the largest range of English and Welsh wines available in the UK, with over 100 wines from across the country currently available.  Waitrose also now produces its own English sparkling wine, Leckford Estate Brut, which is made from grapes grown on their farm in Hampshire.

 Rebecca Hull MW, English Wine Buyer at Waitrose and one of the UK Wine Awards judges, commented, “Waitrose have been stalwart supporters of English and Welsh wines for many years now, and we see customer demand for them growing year upon year.  These wines are world class and the Awards will certainly serve to highlight some of the gems produced on our own doorstep.  We’re really proud of our support of this exciting and growing industry.”

www.waitrose.co.uk    www.waitrosecellar.com

Follow @Waitrose on Twitter

 

 

About Country Life Magazine

Since its launch in 1897, Country Life has been the world’s most celebrated magazine of the British way of life, its countryside, properties and gardens. Its matchless authority, exquisite photography and world-class writing have ensured its position as one of the nation’s truly great magazines. Country Life’s readers have always sought the best things in life from food and antiques to the finest properties and estates to buy.

Country Life’s Editor, Mark Hedges, added, “Country Life champions all things British, including wine. Our readers expect the very best and English wines are now among the finest—it is an honour to be involved.”

www.countrylife.co.uk

Follow @Countrylifemag on Twitter

 

Competition sponsors in 2017: 

  

                

            

 

THE  JUDGES 2017

SUSIE BARRIE MW – Chair

Susie is a TV presenter, wine writer, event host and and consultants, who together with her husband, Peter Richards MW is renowned for her enthusiastic, thoughtful and articulate style.  Susie is a well-known face on Flagship BBC1 show Saturday Kitchen.  Together with Peter, Susie has been waving the flag for English and Welsh wines for many years, and were awarded ‘EWP Communicator of the Year’ in 2015

Follow Susie on @susiebarrie

 

OZ CLARKE – Joint Chair

Oz Clarke is one of the world’s leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. His passion for the subject dates from his student days at Oxford University, where he won tasting competitions at a precociously early age. Since then his tasting skills have won him an international reputation and he is acknowledged as having one of the finest palates of anyone writing about wine today.

Follow Oz on @ozclarke

 

HAMISH ANDERSON

Hamish has been working at the Tate as wine buyer for more than 11 years. Since joining as sommelier in late 1997, he has worked his way up to beverage buyer for the Tate's nine sites, including the Tate Modern, St Ives and Liverpool, and is now an integral part of the business.   Hamish is also a regular wine columnist in consumer and trade press, including the Telegraph Saturday magazine.

Follow Hamish on @hamishdanderson

 

DAVID BIRD MW

Trained as an analytical chemist, David worked in food analysis with Reckitt & Colman. He joined wine trade in 1973 as Quality Control Manager, moving to Stowells of Chelsea as QA Manager in 1984. He has been involved with wine activities across the world. David has been chairman of the judges of the Mercian Vineyards Association for several years and is part of the team that judges at the UK Vineyards Association and the Decanter World Wine Awards.  He is the author of “Understanding Wine Technology”, a book that has become essential reading for students who are studying for Diploma and Master of Wine examinations.

 

RICHARD HEMMING MW

Richard is  a wine writer, educator and consultant. Most of his work is published on JancisRobinson.com, where he started back in 2008.  Richard also writes a regular wine column for trade publication Off Licence News and his articles have also appeared in Noble RotThe Financial TimesDecanterThe Drinks BusinessWorld of Fine Wine.  Additionally, Richard regularly hosts wine dinners and tutored tastings, as well as teaching masterclasses and WSET courses for wine professionals and corporate clients.

Follow Richard on @RichardHemming

 

BECKY HULL MW

Becky started her career in wine with Oddbins, then moved to the wine buying team at Sainsbury's a year later. Having won the Vintner's Cup for the highest mark of the year in the WSET Diploma, Becky achieved the rare double of scooping the Tim Derouet award for exceptional performance in the Master of Wine exams, which she passed in 1997. She joined Waitrose in 2005, where among other duties, she is now responsible for managing their English & Welsh wine range.

 

ALEX HUNT MW

Alex joined the wine trade as a van driver for Oddbins while studying at Oxford, where he captained the Varsity Blind Tasting Team. Fresh out of university, he joined London-based wine merchant Mayfair Cellars in 2000, holding both sales and buying roles. In 2006 he moved to Berkmann Wine Cellars, where he is currently Purchasing Director. Alex has contributed articles to Decanter, World of Fine Wine and The Drinks Business, and is a seasoned wine judge, with experience ranging from the Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge to South Africa's Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Since February 2012, he has written a regular column for jancisrobinson.com.

Follow Alex on @AlexHuntMW

 

ELIZABETH KELLY

Beth is one of the wine buyers at Marks & Spencer who has singularly driven the expansion of the English and Welsh wine range on the shelves of the high street stalwart Marks & Spencer.  Last year alone, the M&S English wine range increased from 20 to 37 this year and they have seen an 100% increase in sales of English wine.  Beth is currently studying for Master of Wine exams.

Follow Beth on @ek_winegirl

 

REBECCA PALMER

Rebecca is associate director and wine buyer at Corney & Barrow.  Her previous wine trade career saw her working for Laithwaites and Bibendum.  Her extensive knowledge of wine buying from around the world, includes England. She is also a judge at other notable wine competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards.

 

JANE PARKINSON

Jane is an award-winning UK-based journalist, author and broadcaster who specialises in wine, and wine with food. An extensive writer and contributor to a number of consumer and trade magazines, Jane is also one of the wine experts on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen.  She is one of the four members of The Wine Gang and an ambassador for London Wine Week.  Jane’s expert journalistic and broadcasting talents earned her the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition Communicator of the Year 2014 

Follow Jane on @jane_parkinson

 

 

CHRISTINE PARKINSON

Christine is Head Wine Buyer for the now 12-strong restaurant group, which includes the Michelin-starred restaurants Hakkasan and Yauatcha, with operations in London, Miami and (soon) Abu Dhabi. She has been called “one of the most creative wine buyers in the UK” by wine guru Jancis Robinson, and recently received the ‘Taste On-Trade Influencer Award, in association with Imbibe’. When not on the phone to suppliers, she is often out on a motorbike, and is therefore probably responsible for most of the UK’s bad weather.

Follow Christine on @chriswinesake

 

 

PHILIP TUCK MW

Philip has been in the wine business for 30 years, starting out in the wine trade in 1986, working with Avery's of Bristol. The drive to pass the MW exams led him to work in a number of wineries in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, California and Italy, eventually returning to the UK in 1993 to help establish the "New" Hatch Mansfield with Mark Calver and Patrick McGrath MW, where he is currently the Wine Director. Philip passed the MW exam in 1999. 

 

 For more information, please contact the Competition Manager, Belinda Mercer on [email protected]

Results of recent previous UKVA  national competitions:

 

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