Charge your glasses
The inaugural UK Wine Awards, in association with Country Life, bring long-overdue recognition to ‘one of the most exciting wine regions in the world’–and the results are in
Who has won the inaugural UK Wine Awards?
The english and Welsh are coming and will not be denied!’ This is not a call to arms, but a salvo to the vineyards of this blessed isle. The growing popularity of english and Welsh wines has inspired the launch of a new competition, the UK Wine Awards (UKWAS), supported by Country Life, hotel du Vin and Waitrose and with a judging team co-chaired by TV presenters, broadcasters and writers Susie Barrie MW and the effervescent Oz Clarke, quoted above.
‘The UK is one of the most exciting wine regions in the world right now,’ adds Miss Barrie, ‘and it deserves a contemporary competition like the UKWAS to reward the best of the best.’
Nearly 300 wines were entered from producers of all sizes, ranging from an ever-increasing selection of sparkling wines to still white, rosé and red. The wines were judged by 12 experts, from writers and retailers (Waitrose, Corney & Barrow, Marks & Spencer) to technologists, restaurateurs (hakkasan, Tate) and Masters of Wine.
A very respectable 20 gold, 36 silver and 127 bronze medals were awarded and a trophy was granted to the finest wine in each of five categories, with additonal trophies for best still and best sparkling, plus the overall winner. Visit www.ukva.org.uk for further information.