The Independent English Wine Awards are now in their third year, this year saw them blind taste 132 wines from 63 producers at their annual wine awards at The Rummer Hotel in Bristol. 24 independent judges assemble each year, plucked from every possible aspect of the wine world. From masters of wine and sommeliers to journalists and consumers, the IEWA judging panel is a great representation of real wine drinkers across the UK. This years panel was overseen by Master of Wine Liam Steevenson and fellow Master of Wine John Atkinson MW, broadcaster and journalist Susy Atkins and Devon-based winemaker Ben Hulland.
With more entries than previous years, from more producers and regions, it’s clear that English wine is continuing to gain recognition for its quality and character. Liam Stevenson even commented “Champagne, you can stop looking over your shoulder… we are right up there alongside you now!”. We are incredibly excited to continue playing a part in the growth of English wine, and can’t wait to get our Seyval blanc planted this spring as we start to enter into the world of sparkling!
Our IEWA Bronze award-winning Madeleine Angevine 2016 is available to buy online here.