Smith "bowled over" by award win
Wine writer and presenter Olly Smith said he is “bowled over” after he was named English Wine Producers Communicator of the Year.
The UK wine industry created the award to acknowledge those who strive to enhance the profile of the wine industry and Smith scooped the inaugral award at the annual English & Welsh Wine of the Year Awards.
He said: “I'm a massive fan of English and Welsh wine and the recent flurry of international awards for our local wines is well earned and richly deserved.
“For me, it's an honour to be in the company of highly skilled winemakers from Cornwall, Dorset, Essex, Kent and right across the UK.
“These guys work incredibly hard to make the best wines they can and I'd just like to thank them for the unique flavours they create for us all to enjoy.”
The award was introduced Michael Roberts MBE, chairman of English Wine Producers, who said: “There are many people out there who do so much to raise the profile of our industry and do so with tremendous dedication and enthusiasm.
“The amount of positive publicity our industry gets is sometimes overwhelming.
“We felt strongly that these many efforts should be acknowledged.
“I am delighted to award the first English Wine Producers Communicator of the Year to Olly Smith, for all the enthusiastic writing and broadcasting that he has done.”
Smith said he went home, popped open the magnum of Ridgeview he had been presented with and noted “it tasted all the more exciting for being made just down the road”.
Also nominated were Oz Clarke and Anthony Foster MW.
The annual competition and awards ceremony are organised by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association.
Winemaker of the Year went to Ian Edwards of Furleigh Estate while Chapel Down Bacchus Reserve 2010 scooped Wine of the Year.