Bacchus wines scooped five trophies in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition, run by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

The competition had 263 entries – its second highest number after a bumper crop last year. Wines were judged by Susan McCraith MW, Patricia Stefanowicz MW, Maggie McNie MW, David Bird MW, Anthony Foster MW and Sally Easton MW.

Bacchus wines also took five out of 14 gold medals awarded in the competition, including Chapel Down Bacchus Reserve 2010, Camel Valley Bacchus 2011, New Hall Bacchus 2011 and Furleigh Estate Bacchus Fumé 2010. 

McCraith, who was chairman of the judges, said: “The results this year endorse the world class quality of our sparkling wines. Sparkling rosé, where the trend seems to be for very pale colours, is catching up with white sparkling and is right on trend for the UK market.  

“On the still wine front, once again Bacchus confirms itself as a signature grape variety for English and Welsh wines, capable of showing real concentration and finesse. Look out Loire and New Zealand, English Bacchus is on its way.”

Sparkling wines performed well in the competition, a still rosé from Sharpham Vineyard in Devon scooped two awards and the red category was dominated by Pinot Noir, with the trophy going to Biddenden Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011.