A Derbyshire vineyard has received international recognition for one of its wines – just three years after making its first vintage.
Amber Valley Wines recently scooped a commended award at the International Wine Challenge 2018 for its Lindway White wine.
The wine challenge is regarded by the industry as the most respected and meticulously judged competition of its kind in the world.
Every wine is assessed “blind” by a top panel of judges. As part of the judging process, each wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges.
The success of Amber Valley Wines is even more impressive for the fact that the business has only been making wine since 2014. Its winning wine, the Lindway White, is a 2016 vintage.
Amber Valley Wines was founded in 2011 by wine enthusiasts Duncan Mercer and Barry Lewis, who gained experience by growing vines in their back gardens.
All you need to know about Amber Valley Wines’ award-winning white wine
Name: Lindway White
Wine type: Dry white wine
Grape type: Reichensteiner and Muller Thurgau
Price: £13.99 a bottle
In 2012, they started planting their vines on a hillside in Wessington, near Alfreton – but did not actually start to produce any wine until 2014 as they waited for the vines to grow.
Today, the company produces white wine as these grapes grow better in the UK climate.
Mr Mercer said: “We’re over the moon to receive this recognition, particularly as the Lindway White 2016 is only the third vintage from our Derbyshire vineyard.
“This makes all the hard work worthwhile. From planting by hand the vineyard in deep snow to producing international award-winning wine – the dream really has come true.”
Barry and Duncan planted the first vines at their vineyard back in 2012
Mr Lewis said: “We really were not expecting to receive this recognition so early. This is only our third vintage – but we felt that the 2016 came out really well. We are proud of it, so we gave it a go and entered it into the competition.
“To win an award against wines from around the world just shows how far English wine has come in the last few decades – and that it is not restricted to the southern and home counties.”
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As the vineyard is still in its infancy, the Lindway White is a blended wine from all of the grapes grown by Amber Valley Wines.
According to the business, the Lindway White is “light and aromatic on the nose, has citrus and floral notes on the palate with intense fruit flavours and a well-balanced finish”.
The wine is available to buy via the firm’s website www.ambervalleywines.co.uk.
Source: Derby Telegraph