A sparkling wine from Tintern has been awarded the Welsh Wine of the Year trophy by a group of global experts.
Parva Farm Vineyard Dathliad 2013 was awarded the trophy for the most outstanding Welsh wine at The English Welsh Wine of the Year Competition, the UK wine industry’s annual national awards.
It’s the only competition in the world judged entirely by Masters of Wine – the institute to promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of wine.
The present vineyard was planted in 1979 and after additional plantings now contains around 4,500 vines of 17 different varieties.
The English Welsh Wine of the Year Competition was this year held at Llanerch Vineyard at Hensol in the Vale of Glamorgan .
Barry Lewis, CEO of of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association said: “This year’s high number of entrants into the competition reflects a growing confidence within the industry.
“I’m delighted with the results and pleased that the judges noted the overall consistency of quality.”
This year the competition attracted 305 wines from 94 producers from across England and Wales.
Judges awarded 258 medals across the style categories, including 32 Gold, 121 Silver and 105 Bronze medals with still wines dominating the entries and scooping more medals than other categories.
The winners of the Winemaker of the Year, the Wine of the Year Trophy and the English Wine Producers Communicator of the Year Trophy will be announced at the industry’s annual awards lunch on July 12 at Vintners’ Hall in London.
A full list of the winning wines will be available soon at www.ukva.org.uk