Raise a glass as vineyards scoop seven gold medals

Wine Tasting at the Apex''Pictured; Charles Macready from Ickworth vineyards with tasters Shelly Rooke and Mike Ferrell
Wine Tasting at the Apex''Pictured; Charles Macready from Ickworth vineyards with tasters Shelly Rooke and Mike Ferrell
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WINE producers in East Anglia are raising their glasses in celebration after scooping seven gold medals at a national wine competition, held in Bury St Edmunds this week.

Taste buds were tingling as a panel of Masters of Wine judged more than 200 entries on Monday and Tuesday.

The Apex, in Bury, played host to the annual English and Welsh wine of the year competition and East Anglian vineyards soared to victory on home soil.

Brook Farm Vineyard, in Lavenham, took home two gold medals for its 2009 and 2010 Lavenham Brook Bacchus. And Giffords Hall, in Hartest, is celebrating after scooping a gold for its 2010 Giffords Hall Rosé. The vineyard also took home the Waitrose rosé trophy after being named the best rosé in the UK.

Vineyards in Essex and Hertfordshire also won golds, bringing East Anglia’s total to seven gold medals out of 20 on offer.

Jane Mohan, secretary of the East Anglian Wine Growers, said: “We are not the biggest region in terms of vineyards, but we have got the driest climate so we should be producing some of the best wines and this year we have – it’s brilliant.”

Members of the public also got the chance to taste the wines at a public tasting on Tuesday.