Somerby Vineyard is toasting its success after becoming a national prize winner.
Owner Bill Hobson will be travelling to London next month for the United Kingdom Vineyards Association awards ceremony, where he will be collecting a Gold Medal and The President’s Trophy for the quality of his wine.
The vineyard’s Somerby Solaris 2013, a still white wine, was named ‘Most Outstanding Small Production Wine’ to take the President’s Trophy in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition.
And it also received a Gold Medal, one of only 15 awarded this year, for its excellence.
“To get these awards is phenomenal for us,” said Mr Hobson.
“It also lets people in the wine world know where Somerby is.
“All the other award winners in the different categories come from the south of England.”
But the awards didn’t stop there.
Somerby Vineyard, managed by Edward Templeman, also gained silver awards for its Regent Rosie.
And the wine making duo is optimistic for the vineyard’s 2014 vintage.
“We are looking to double our crop this year,” said Mr Templeman.
“Everything is in place; we are confident it will be another good year.”
The wines were judged over two days at Balliol College in Oxford by a team of six Masters of Wine and marked to international standards.
The competition is an opportunity for producers from across the industry to take part and is open to all different styles of still and sparkling wine now produced in the UK.
The awards ceremony takes place on July 23, when the two remaining trophies - Winemaker of the Year and the Wine of the Year Trophy - will be announced.