Vineyard at Shimpling to hold open day as it celebrates three national awards

Giffords Hall Vineyards wins national accolade. ''FL; Linda and Guy Howard in the vineyards inspecting the grapes.
Giffords Hall Vineyards wins national accolade. ''FL; Linda and Guy Howard in the vineyards inspecting the grapes.
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Giffords Hall Vineyard in Shimpling is celebrating after its Bacchus 2012 won three trophies in the English and Welsh Wine Awards.

It won the Tom Day Trophy (Most outstanding single varietal wine), The Jack Ward Memorial Salver (most outstanding large production from 2012), and The Berwick Trophy (most outstanding unchaptalised still wine).

Giffords Hall Vineyards wins national accolade. ''FL; Linda and Guy Howard in the vineyards inspecting the grapes.

Giffords Hall Vineyards wins national accolade. ''FL; Linda and Guy Howard in the vineyards inspecting the grapes.

Now it is a contender for English and Welsh Wine of the Year next month.

Six wine masters judged 190 wines over two days.

“We are obviously surprised and absolutely delighted,” said Linda and Guy Howard who bought the vineyard 10-years-ago.

“This is a tremendous and very unusual result for a small vineyard which, though planted 25 years ago, has only been producing under the Giffords Hall Label for three years.”

Giffords Hall Vineyards wins national accolade.   FL; Linda and Guy Howard in the vineyards inspecting the grapes.

Giffords Hall Vineyards wins national accolade. FL; Linda and Guy Howard in the vineyards inspecting the grapes.

Giffords Hall were also responsible for the final year’s production at Ickworth Vineyard – two tons of the Bacchus grapes produced there went into the winning vintage.

“This is a nice momento from our lost vineyard,” said Jillian Macready who planted Ickworth 17 years ago.

Guy who is Chairman of the East Anglian Vineyards Association said: “East Anglia is emerging as a premier wine growing region in an exciting, rapidly growing industry,” he said.

Giffords Hall Bacchus also won the McCrae Trophy at the ‘Strictly Come Wine tasting’ event at the Suffolk Show this year with some 200 people tasting the wines.

It is holding at open vineyard day tomorrow with free wine tasting from 10am to 6pm. Tickets cost £4.5- per adult

Visit www.giffordshall. co.uk.