Dorset planting pays back producer's faith with award win as Winemaker of the Year

Ian Edwards, co-owner of Dorset's Furleigh Estate vineyard, has been named UK Winemaker of the Year by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA).

He said: "We took a risk when we became the first large producer to plant in Dorset. Winning this award proves that the county can produce fruit that is as good as the best."

The estate recently won four gold medals and two trophies at UKVA's product awards. It has 22,000 vines on its own 35ha vineyard and sources twice as much again from other Dorset sites.


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