The winners of the 2020 WineGB Awards have been revealed today, with Hattingley Valley scooping both the Top Sparkling Trophy and Supreme Champion awards
The winners were announced in a virtual ceremony by the judging panel, this year limited to Susie Barrie MW, Oz Clarke OBE, and Corney & Barrow buyer Rebecca Palmer due to Covid-related limitations.
The Top Sparkling Trophy and Supreme Champion awards were both given to Hampshire’s Hattingley Valley for their Kings Cuvée 2014.
Black Chalk won Newcomer of the Year and Sugrue South Downs was given the Boutique Producer of the Year trophy. Meanwhile, Wiston Estate was awarded Winery of the Year and Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Chardonnay 2017 won the top title in the Still Wine category.
‘This year more than ever we need to get the message out there about how great English and Welsh wines are, and get more and more people buying and drinking the wines,’ commented judge Susie Barrie MW.
‘I am loving the innovation we are seeing from our winemakers and the way they are pushing every boundary – we have sweet wines, skin contact wines, Pet Nat styles and even sparkling Merlot. The competition gave us a fantastic overview of the wines that are available in the market right now, and we were so impressed with the quality.’
The competition also acknowledged seven Best Regional Wines:
- Wales – White Castle Vineyard Sparkling White Wine Vintage 2017
- West – Sharpham Wine Ltd Bacchus Stop Ferment 2019
- Thames & Chilterns – Harrow & Hope Blanc de Noirs 2015
- Midlands & North – Laneberg Wine Ltd Bacchus 2019
- East Anglia – Tuffon Hall Vineyard Pinot Rosé Beatrice 2019
- South East (joint winner) – Ashling Park Estate Ashling Park Cuvée NV and Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cuvée 2014
- Wessex – Hattingley Valley Wines Kings Cuvée 2014
In addition to the wine trophies, the WineGB Board offered writer and viticulture consultant Stephen Skelton MW a special Lifetime Achievement Award, ‘for his contribution to the English and Welsh wine industry’.