Wales to host English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016
The Welsh Vineyards Association will be this year’s host for the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016.
The event, which is organised by the UK Vineyards Association (UKVA), will take place at Llanerch Vineyard, The Vale of Glamorgan, on 22 to 24 June 2016. It is open to all UKVA members across all wine regions in the UK.
The event is the only competition in the world judged entirely by Masters of Wine; and with more than 300 wine entries the judging (by a team of six Masters of Wine), will take place over three days.
“The Welsh Vineyards Association is very proud to be hosting the competition. The number of vineyards in Wales is increasing each year, and currently totals 16. Vineyard tours and wine tastings are a great attraction for the many visitors to Wales,” said Robb Merchant, Chair of the Welsh Vineyards Association and owner of White Castle Vineyard, Abergavenny.
To mark this year’s event, the Welsh Government is sponsoring a Welsh slate trophy for the Best Welsh Wine, which will be awarded to the vineyard at the Competition’s award ceremony taking place at Vintner’s Hall, London on 12 July.
Members of the public will be able to taste all the wines from England and Wales at a charity event that will take place at Llanerch Vineyard on Sunday 26th June. A media and trade tasting event for local restaurants, wine merchants and press will take place on Monday 27th June at Llanerch Vineyard, giving an opportunity to meet some of the vineyard owners on the same date.