The UK’s wine industry looks set to continue its impressive growth as it reveals that a record-breaking one million vines will be planted in the UK this year. In recognition of the increasing importance and popularity of UK wine, the industry has launched a brand new competition designed to celebrate the incredible achievements of England and Wales’ wine producers, and to crown the UK’s very best wine.
The inaugural UK Wine Awards will be led by a glittering line up of wine experts including Susie Barrie MW (leading wine writer and one of the wine experts on BBC Saturday Kitchen), wine luminary Oz Clarke and leading sommelier and wine writer Hamish Anderson.
They will be joining forces with the UK wine industry itself, as well as boutique hotel brand and wine lovers Hotel du Vin, the quintessentially English magazine Country Life and Waitrose, which carries the largest range of English and Welsh wines on the high street.
Wines from producers large and small from around the country will be pitched against each other and judged blind over two days. The results will be announced on Wednesday 31st May as part of English Wine Week celebrations.