Sussex wine trumps French and Italians

Sussex wine trumps French and Italians

A Sussex vineyard has become the first in the UK to win outright an international wine competition, trumping rivals from established wine producing nations such as France and Italy.

The husband and wife team behind Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard won the only 'Top Gold' medal award with their 2015 Regent Rose wine at the International Organic Wine Awards.

The vineyard beat 61 other wines from eight of the world's more established wine producing countries including France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Winemaker Roy Cook and his wife Irma, who started Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard nearly 40 years ago, were amazed at the company’s success.

Roy said: "I was quite shocked, I knew that particular rose wine was very good, but I had no idea it was good enough to blow away the competition completely, and win outright such a prestigious event with so many other top wines from big-name wine countries - I don’t think this has ever happened before!”

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard

Produced from the Vineyard's Regent variety grape vines, planted 16 years ago and cultivated according to biodynamic principles since 2010, Roy sees this way of producing grapes and wine as a key factor in the recent competition successes his wines have enjoyed.

"I now use natural wild yeasts in the winery, which is one of the main changes we have adopted since converting the vineyard and wine-making to biodynamic methods 6 years ago." says Roy, “and this leads to more complex flavours and character in the wine.”

English Wines are winning awards in International Competitions more frequently in recent years, but this is believed to be the first time that a wine from Britain has become the outright winner of an International Wine Competition.



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