Ditchling vineyard wins gold international award

Black Dog Hill Vineyard in Ditchling
Black Dog Hill Vineyard in Ditchling

A Ditchling vineyard has been given a gold award in an international wine competition.

Black Dog Hill Vineyard has been awarded a gold award in the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s (IWSC) London Wine Fair, Olympia.

The award was in recognition of the vineyard’s white sparkling Classic Cuvee 2011.

The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), now in its 46th year, seeks to reward and promote the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. It currently receives entries from around 90 countries.

Every wine is assessed on its own merits within the context of its class.

English wine entries have increased by 70 per cent year-on-year and medals for home grown wines are up 63 per cent from 2014, smashing records from the competition’s 46 year history.

This success is a tribute to the wines which have all undergone the IWSC’s rigorous judging process which includes a double blind tasting.

In total, a record breaking 80 medals were awarded to English wines.

Julia Trustram Eve, Marketing Director for English Wine Producers, comments on the announcement: “It’s great to see that English wines are continuing to prove their international status through these fantastic competition successes. It’s the consistency that is really showing just what world-class wines are produced in England.”

Ewan Lacey, general manager of the IWSC said: “This is a brilliant result for these three English wineries, Gusbourne Estate has won three gold medal awards in all and is the only English wine to be awarded the IWSC’s highest accolade – a gold outstanding.

“Family owned, Sussex based Black Dog Hill Vineyard has burst onto the English wine scene with a much coveted gold medal win for their first ever release.

“Sussex has also won Gold for Nutbourne Vineyard’s Nutbourne Sussex Reserve 2013, the first still English wine to take home a gold medal.”

The competition also saw emerging wine producing countries Hungary and Georgia take home golds.

The Czech Republic stormed the medal table with a total of 39 medals with Greece and Romania picking up 32 and 24 respectively, proving traditional wine making countries have tough competition from Eastern Europe.

The IWSC’s Northern Hemisphere results exclude France and Italy which will be released to celebrate the start of Vinexpo 2015.

Black Dog Hill’s 2011 Vintage Classic Cuvee will be released on May 31. To pre-order contact: info@blackdoghill.com or visit www.blackdoghillvineyard.com