Furleigh Estate scoops top English wine prize

Dorset vineyard and winery Furleigh Estate has claimed the top prize with its first vintage of sparkling wines at this year's English & Welsh Wine Awards.

As well as taking the Vintners' Trophy for its Classic Cuvee 2009, the estate also won a gold medal and the McNie Trophy for the most outstanding oaked white wine with its Bacchus Fume 2010.

Estate owner Ian Edwards said: "It just goes to show that the long, mild growing season in the South West is just perfect for producing worldclass sparkling wines."

Half of the gold medals across all classes were awarded to producers in the South West, including Sharpham Vineyard in Devon, which took two awards in the rose category.

See http://www.englishwineproducers.com/competitionresultsUKVA2012.htm

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