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Published:  23 July, 2008

Nyetimber Vineyard and New Wave Wines cemented their positions as the leading producers of English wine at this year's UK Vineyards Association Competition, winning four of the six gold medals and eight trophies. The East Sussex-based Nyetimber enjoyed arguably the most impressive results, as it won four trophies for the two wines it entered. Its 1995 Premire Cuve (Chardonnay) won the Gore Browne Trophy for best wine overall, the Vintners Trophy for best sparkling wine and the Wine Guild Trophy for best wine not from the current vintage. Nyetimber's 1996 Classic Cuve (Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier) won the Dudley Quirk Memorial Trophy for best large-volume wine. Both wines also won gold medals. New Wave Wines' 2001 Curious Grape Pinot Blanc won the Tom Day Trophy for best varietal, and a gold medal (along with its 2001 Chapel Down Ros). The silver medal-winning 2000 Curious Grape Pinot Noir won the Bernard Theobald Trophy for best red, while another silver medal winner, the 2000 Curious Grape Schnburger, won the Jack Ward Trophy for best wine from the previous vintage. New Wave Wines also won best winemaker. The other two gold medals went to Sharpham Estate's 2001 Dart Valley Reserve and Ridgeview Wine's 1999 Estate Cuve Merrett Knightsbridge Blanc de Noirs. The silver medal-winning 1998 Valley Vineyards Fum won the McNie Trophy for best oaked wine. 2002 Denbies Wine Estate Cooper Brook won the Montague Trophy for best presentation.