Gloucestershire vineyard wins gold at national wine awards

One of England's oldest vineyards, and Gloucestershire's largest, has taken home the top accolade at the national WineGB Awards in a major competition showcasing the best wines and wine producers in Great Britain.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
Three Choirs Vineyard won awards for the wines it produces on its 75 acres of vines, including Gold for its sparkling Blanc de Noir.

In its landmark 50th year as a wine producer, the Three Choirs Vineyard in Newent has claimed Gold at the WineGB Awards, beating contenders from across the country.

Three of the vineyard's wines took home medals, with its 2016 Blanc de Noir, a traditional, bottle fermented sparkling white wine, receiving the highest accolade of a Gold medal, while its 2022 Bacchus, a dry white with hints of nettle and elderflower, was presented with Silver.

It also took home Bronze awards for its aromatic 2021 Siegerrebe and sparkling Classic Cuvée NV.

A record number of 346 wines were entered this year, with the highest ever number of producers entering from all over the UK, including more first-time entrants than ever before alongside its regular competitors.

Each wine is put through a rigorous judging process by a panel with members including British wine writer, actor and broadcaster, Oz Clarke OBE and Master of Wine, Susie Barrie MW.

Celebrating 50 years since the first vines were planted on the estate, the vineyard has become a state-of-the-art winery and visitor attraction. It also features luxury lodges and 11 guest rooms, inviting visitors to stay within the heart of the award-winning vineyard, to make the most of the stunning panoramic views on-site.

Three Choirs Vineyard's winemaking director, Martin Fowke, said: 'Our Gold medal is especially pleasing as it is for our top sparkling wine, and shows that wines in the south west of the country are holding their own against a growing number of wines from the south east.

'We entered four wines and received awards for all four. This is also very pleasing as it demonstrates a level of consistency and quality that we know is so important in today’s competitive market.'

The vineyard produces over 250,000 bottles of wine a year from its 75 acres of vines.

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