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Welsh Wine Competition 2016

Thursday 13 October 2016
Trophies  WVA 2016



WELSH VINEYARDS CELEBRATE HOME GROWN SUCCESS

Thegrowing success of Wales as a wine producing country was celebrated at theWelsh Vineyards Association’s (WVA) annual wine competition.

Held atLlanerch Vineyard at Hensol in the Vale of Glamorgan, the competition saw 42 wines  entered by nine vineyards ranging
from north to south Wales. 

 
Split into five classes ten Bronze and five Silver awards were made, with the best wine in each class also receiving a trophy. Kerry Vale Solaris 2014 was named as overall Wine of the Competition and received the 'The Thomas Davies Memorial Trophy'.

The expert judging panel were: Linda Johnson-Bell wine critic, author and climate change analyst; Michael Harrison international wine judge and Bibendum Fine Wine manager; and David Cowderoy winemaker and owner of Bevtec.

This year saw a change in format with the WVA’s first trade and press wine tasting session, giving them an opportunity to meet some of individual vineyard owners and taste their wines.

The climax of the competition was the awards dinner – which was televised on S4C - and attended by the event’s sponsors and representatives from the Welsh Government’s Food Division.

Said WVA Chairman, Robb Merchant, “The interest in Welsh Wines is growing as the quality improves, presently Welsh vineyards produce around a 100,000 bottles a year and this is set to double by 2020. The awards this year have been judged to international standards and
those vineyards who have won awards can very proud of their achievement. I would also like to thank the sponsors and organising team who have work hard to raise the profile of Welsh Wines.”

The award winners were as follows:

 

WHITE WINES

Bronze

White Castle Gwin Gwyn 2015

Llaethliw White 2015

Conwy Solaris 2015

Tintern Parva Afon Gwyn 2014

Silver

Tintern Parva Bacchus 2014

Kerry Vale Solaris 2014  ( winner of the Halfpenny Green Salver)
 

ROSÉ

 Bronze

Conwy Rosé 2015

Llaethliw Rosé 2015

Silver

Tintern Parva Bwthyn Rhosyn 2015   ( winner of the Three Choirs Salver)

 
RED

Bronze

Kerry Vale Red Kite 2014

Conwy Rondo 2014

White Castle Rondo 2014

Silver

White Castle Pinot Noir Précoce 2014   (winner of the Three Choirs Salver)

 

SPARKLING WHITE

Bronze

Ancre Hill Blanc de Blancs 2009

Silver


Tintern Parva Dathliad 2013   (winner of the Smarts Salver)

 
WINE OF THE COMPETITION

Kerry Vale Solaris 2014   (winner of 'The Thomas Davies Memorial Trophy')