Devon Wine Wins Gold At National Awards

Swanaford Vineyard is celebrating a coveted win after being awarded a gold medal at the annual Independent English Wine Awards (IEWA), the results of which were announced in mid September.

The medal was one of only six golds awarded to sparkling wine across 147 still and sparkling entries and it went to the vineyard’s 2018 Sparkling Brut Rosé.

The vineyard is situated in the Teign Valley, seven miles outside of Exeter, and sits inside the Dartmoor National Park. Owner Caroline Goulden said: “We are so proud to be making wine in Devon and to put a spotlight on the region with this win. Devon is a hot-house of amazing food and drinks producers and that scene is getting more exciting all of the time. Even in a tough year, it’s been amazing to see the resilience and creativity of Devon businesses and we are excited to be a part of that.”

Judging took place on Saturday 5th September when a panel of carefully selected judges gathered in Bristol for a blind tasting of all of the wines. Winemakers, Masters of Wine, journalists, sommeliers and other industry experts then sat in panels of five and scored each wine against a structured scoring matrix.

John Mobbs, Great British Wine founder and judge described the wine as: “[A] playful and lively rose with bright summer berry flavours, lots of cherry, raspberry and a citrus twist. Fresh, clean and delicious!”

Swanaford Vineyard was planted in 2013 by Ben and Caroline Goulden following a move from London, with the ambition of making great English sparkling and still wines. Last year, their 2016 Classic Cuvee won a silver at the WineGB West awards along with a bronze for their still Estate White.

Owner Ben Goulden said: “We are completely delighted to have won a gold from the IEWA. They are a fantastic organisation for independent assessment of English wine and it means a lot to be up there with some great English vineyards and wines.”

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