Hampshire wine producer Hattingley Valley Wines has been crowned Supreme Champion 2020 at this year’s WineGB Awards.

In a virtual ceremony, Trophy winners were announced via video link today at midday by the judging panel, comprising Co-Chairs TV wine experts Susie Barrie MW and Oz Clarke OBE, and Rebecca Palmer, wine buyer for leading independent wine merchants Corney & Barrow.

The judges gave 17 Trophies awarded to Gold medal winning wines and in total 245 medals were awarded of which 34 were Gold, 98 Silver and 113 Bronze.

Notable trophies include Newcomer of the Year was won by Black Chalk Winery; Boutique Producer of the Year was awarded to Sugrue South Downs and the Winery of the Year was named as Wiston Estate.  The Top Still Wine Trophy went to Chapel Down for their Kit’s Coty Chardonnay 2017.  The Top Sparkling Trophy and Supreme Champion Award were awarded to Hattingley Valley Wines for their Kings Cuvée 2014.

The competition has been supported by many key suppliers to the industry and long-standing trade champions through sponsorship of the trophies.

Master of Wine, writer and viticulture consultant Stephen Skelton MW was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the English and Welsh wine industry. This is a special award presented by WineGB with the winner selected by the WineGB Board.

Susie Barrie MW said: “This year more than ever we need to get the message out there about how great English and Welsh wines are, and get more and more people buying and drinking the wines.   I am loving the innovation we are seeing from our winemakers and the way they are pushing every boundary – we have sweet wines, skin contact wines, Pet Nat styles and even sparkling Merlot.  The competition gave us a fantastic overview of the wines that are available in the market right now, and we were so impressed with the quality.”

This year the Competition acknowledged the top scoring wines from each of the WineGB regions. The winners of the Best Regional Wines are:

  • Wales – White Castle Vineyard Sparkling White Wine Vintage 2017
  • West – Sharpham Wine Ltd Bacchus Stop Ferment 2019
  • Thames & Chilterns – Harrow & Hope Blanc de Noirs 2015
  • Midlands & North – Laneberg Wine Ltd Bacchus 2019
  • East Anglia – Tuffon Hall Vineyard Pinot Rosé Beatrice 2019
  • South East (joint winner) – Ashling Park Estate Ashling Park Cuvée NV and Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Coeur de Cuvée 2014
  • Wessex – Hattingley Valley Wines Kings Cuvée 2014

Oz Clarke said: “I’ve been enthusing about English wines for almost as long as I have been enthusing about wine!  I have watched and felt the improvement in our sparkling wines and our still wines year by year.  The kind of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay still wines that we make now, we just couldn’t make even five years ago. The quality of the classic cuvées we are seeing as people lay down reserves and manage to blend them together in their non-vintage styles is simply fabulous.”

Julia Trustram Eve, Marketing Manager at WineGB, said: “Given that the pandemic cast doubt about the annual competition even taking place, this year’s Awards ceremony celebrates the fact that despite all the challenges the competition went ahead, not least due to the commitment of our fantastic judges, co-chairs Susie Barrie MW and Oz Clarke, and Rebecca Palmer.”