WineGB Awards 2022 trophy winners announced
Newcomers and established ‘Greats’ in this year’s Hall of Fame
The Trophy winners of the WineGB Awards – the national competition for the English and Welsh wine industry – are announced today at an Awards Ceremony at Drapers’ Hall in London. The top wins reveal new stars to the UK wine scene alongside long-established producers reinforcing their place in the ‘Hall of Fame’ of British producers.
Newcomer to Supreme Champion – a new star on the scene
Sussex-based Artelium scoop an amazing four Trophies: Taking home the Newcomer Trophy along with the Best Blanc de Blancs, Top Sparkling of 2022 and being crowned Supreme Champion of the Wine GB Awards 2022 all for their Artelium Blanc de Blancs 2015.
Kent triumphs in single varietals
Kent producers Gusbourne and Balfour Winery share the trophy for Best Red Pinot Noir, with Gusbourne also taking the Trophy for Best Chardonnay and Top Still Wine, while Kent’s Chapel Down receive the Best Bacchus Trophy for their Kit’s Coty Bacchus 2019 – this is the third successive year for this trophy win, with Gusbourne celebrating a second successive year as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Trophy winner.
Thames Valley Blanc de Noir success
Harrow & Hope, another consistent Trophy winner in the Wine GB Awards, this year took the trophy for Best Classic Cuvée NV/MV* for their Brut Reserve No6 NV.
Hampshire and Sussex sparkle
Hampshire vineyard The Grange takes Best Boutique Producer for their CLASSIC NV, with Exton Park winning Best Prestige Cuvée Trophy for their Cuvée M Isaac Blanc de Blanc 2011. Sussex producers triumph in the remaining sparkling wine trophies: Best Blanc de Noirs awarded to Wiston Estate for its Blanc de Noirs 2014; Digby Fine English wins Best Classic Cuvée Vintage for its 2013 Vintage Reserve Brut; and Best Sparkling Rosé goes to Ashling Park Estate for its Ashling Park Rosé NV.
Star winery awards
Securing their place amongst the leading wineries in Britain, Wiston Estate scoops Contract Winery of the Year for the second year in a row, as does Gusbourne for Estate Winery of the year.
The Best Innovative Still Trophy is awarded to Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire for their Three Choirs Siegerrebe Amber Wine 2021, the first time they have produced this style of wine.
Regional Stars are crowned
Recognising the seven wine regions in Britain, the top scoring producer from each is awarded a trophy which are as follows:
Susie Barrie MW, Co-Chair said: “It’s been another thrilling year in the WineGB Awards. A highlight for me this year was seeing up and coming wineries winning the top gongs alongside more established producers. That said, every medal counts in this competition and a wine has to genuinely impress us in order to win an award, whether that’s bronze, silver, gold or a trophy.”
Oz Clarke OBE, Co-Chair, added: “If the sign of a Wine Nation reaching a level of maturity is marked by its ability to deal with a really difficult vintage and come out of it with wines that are tagged by the struggles of the year, yet are gorgeously, mouth-wateringly individual because of it – then Britain has reached that level in double quick time. Judging the WineGB Awards is one of the highlights of my year, not only for the sheer pleasure of it, but because I can come away with a real sense of where we are as a wine nation; what we’ve achieved, how thrilling the prospects for the future are.”
WineGB CEO Simon Thorpe MW said: “As a previous Champion in our WineGB Awards has said – these are the BAFTAS of the UK wine industry and we are so proud of all that this competition stands for. We are very grateful to all of our sponsors, especially Rankin Brothers and Waitrose, without whose support these Awards couldn’t happen, and of course to Exton Park for hosting the judging week. And of course – to our amazing judges headed up by Susie and Oz. We know that a win in these Awards counts for a great deal.”
You can see the full results here
WineGB Awards 2022 Judges
Susie Barrie MW – Co-Chair
Oz Clarke OBE – Co-chair
Rebecca Palmer – Wine Buyer, Corney & Barrow
Hamish Anderson, CEO, Tate Eats
Helen McGinn – Wine writer and broadcaster
Luke Harbor – Head sommelier, The Pig Hotels
Alice Lascelles – Wine Writer, FT HTSI
Aleesha Hansel – Wine Writer
Host Sponsor: Exton Park
Full list of Trophy Winners
|Trophy, Best Chardonnay and Top Still||Gusbourne Chardonnay Guinevere Barrel Selection 2020|
|Best Boutique Producer||The Grange CLASSIC NV|
|Joint Trophy, Best Red Pinot Noir||Balfour Winery Gatehouse 2020|
|Joint Trophy, Best Red Pinot Noir||Gusbourne Pinot Noir 2020|
|Trophy Classic Cuvée NV||Harrow & Hope Brut Reserve No6 NV|
|Trophy, Best Prestige Cuvée||Exton Park Cuvée M Isaac Blanc de Blanc 2011|
|Trophy, Best Bacchus||Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Bacchus 2019|
|Trophy, Best Blanc de Noirs||Wiston Estate Blanc de Noirs 2014|
|Trophy, Best Classic Cuvée Vintage||Digby Fine English 2013 Vintage Reserve Brut|
|Trophy, Best Innovative Still||Three Choirs Vineyards Siegerrebe Amber Wine 2021|
|Trophy, Best Sparkling RoséTrophy, Estate Winery of the YearTrophy, Contract Estate Winery of the Year||Ashling Park Estate Ashling Park Rosé NVGusbourneWiston Estate Winery|
|Trophy, Newcomer,Trophy Blanc de Blancs, Top Sparkling, Supreme Champion||ArteliumArtelium, Blanc de Blancs 2015|