|England's Bacchus gives Loire and NZ wines a run for their money|
|Written by Gemma McKenna|
|Thursday, 21 June 2012 11:05|
England’s Bacchus grape could give Loire and New Zealand wines a run for their money, according to the chair of this year’s English and Welsh Wine Awards.
From the 263 wines entered, there were 14 gold, 88 silver and 113 bronze medals awarded to new producers and regular award winners alike.
McCraith said: “The results this year endorse the world class quality of our sparkling wines. Sparkling rose, where the trend seems to be for very pale colours, is catching up with white sparkling and is right on trend for the UK market. On the still wine front, once again Bacchus confirms itself as a signature grape variety for English and Welsh wines, capable of showing real concentration and finesse. Look out Loire and New Zealand, English Bacchus is on its way!”
Sparkling wines performed impressively, with winners coming from further afield than the traditional core - first-time entry in the most outstanding sparkling category was won by Furleigh Estate Classic Cuvée 2009.