A Cornish vineyard has added to its prestigious awards portfolio by securing two gold medals at the International Wine Challenge 2014.
Of all the English vineyards, Camel Valley near Bodmin, North Cornwall, had the most successful year, receiving two golds for its sparkling wines.
Its 2012 Pinot Noir Rose Brut and 2009 Chardonnay Brut both wowed the judges while the vineyard also received a silver medal for its 2012 Camel Valley Brut.
Fifteen English wines received silver medals at the competition, as well as 28 wines winning bronze medals.
Lily Farm Vineyard, at Budleigh Salterton, won silver for its Sparkling Rose 2010 while Sharpham Winery, near Totnes, won two bronzes – one for its Sparkling Blanc 2010 and the other for its Sparkling Pink 2010.
Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge (IWC), said: “Each year our English wine makers are going from strength to strength, and these gold medal winners are fantastic.
“The conditions in England’s southern counties are perfect for creating excellent sparkling wines, and drinkers are increasingly discovering that our local vineyards have plenty to offer.”
This year the IWC hosted two separate tasting events for the first time to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry, and give winemakers two different moments in the year to enter their wines.
Mr Metcalfe added: “The International Wine Challenge is committed to rigorous and fair tasting and has subsequently earned its reputation as the most well-respected wine competition in the world.
“By hosting two separate tasting events across the year, wines are given the best chance to perform well, wherever they’re from.
“If a shopper sees an IWC medal sticker on a bottle of wine, its quality can be trusted, as it has been selected by some of the world’s best tasters.
“Whether you are a wine novice or an experienced wine-drinker, our stickers can help you find a great wine every time.”