Just short of 100 entries were tasted and judged for the 2012 South West Vineyards Association (SWVA) annual competition earlier this month.
Over two days, the judges tasted and sampled 98 entries at the tasting staged at the Three Choirs vineyard in mid-September. The judging panel consisted of Tom Innes as chair, Bill Gunn MW, Julia Trustram Eve, Bryony Wright and Paddy Shave.
The SWVA is one of six regional associations which cover the wine growing areas of England and Wales and covers an area from Cornwall to Dorset, north to Shropshire, the Marches and Wales. It has a membership of over 100, making it the largest of the regional associations.
Highlights of the awards included Will Gissane being awarded the Gillian Pearkes memorial trophy for his articles on sulphur dioxide in December 2011 and malolactic fermentation in May 2011 in the Vine Post newsletter and Three Choirs Cellar Door Siegerrebe 2011 winning the South West wine of the year award.
The awards are given to commercial and non-commercial vineyards with gold, silver, bronze and highly commended categories.
For full results, click here.