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Bringing home the silverware

Roebuck Estates award-winning team 2019

We are off to a sparkling start!

Earlier this week we attended the WineGB Awards ceremony at the iconic Vintner’s Hall in London to collect a Gold medal for our 2014 Classic Cuvée. Wine producers from up-and-down the country gathered in their finest attire to celebrate the successes of our thriving domestic wine industry.

The WineGB Awards are judged by a high calibre of wine experts, mostly Masters of Wine, through a rigorous process of ‘blind’ tastings that takes place over several days. The medal results are announced shortly after the competition concludes. However, this year, breaking with tradition, the highly anticipated trophy results were kept firmly under wraps until the day of the ceremony.

Proceedings kicked off with a showcase tasting of the Gold medal wines and producers gathered eagerly around the tables to swirl, sniff and sip their way through the winning wines. It was then time to get down to some serious business as lunch was about to be served and the trophies announced.

To our complete surprise but absolute delight, we picked up not one but two prestigious trophies, both new introductions this year – Mike Roberts MBE Best Classic Cuvée Vintage Trophy (shown below) and Rankin Newcomer of the Year 2019 Trophy.

Best Classic Cuvee Vintage Trophy in Wine GB Awards
(From left to right: Peter Richards MW, Oz Clarke – Head Judge, James Mead – GM, Roebuck Estates, Christine Roberts – Ridgeview, Susie Barrie MW – Head Judge)

Mike Roberts, founder of Ridgeview winery was an iconic and inspirational figure who helped shape and build the English wine industry into what it is today. In its inaugural year, the trophy honours the producer that creates the best vintage classic blend, a style Mike championed ever since the earliest Ridgeview vintages. It was an immense honour to be the first recipient of this prestigious trophy. Check out the full story on Ridgeview’s website.

A few days later, whilst still floating on cloud nine, we received the South East Wine of the Year Trophy at the WineGB regional awards. Since its inception in 1984, it has become a highly regarded and sought after trophy. We are incredibly proud to have our name engraved alongside world-class English wine producers like Ridgeview, Gusbourne and Wiston Estate.

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