Award-winning Cornish bubbles

A north Cornish vineyard’s sparkling wine has been crowned the region’s “Wine of the Year.”

Trevibban Mill’s Blanc de Blancs 2014 won gold at the WineGBWest awards, where it was also awarded the Ray Palfrey Cup for the best sparkling wine, as well as being named the overall champion.

The awards ceremony took place on 10 September at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. Organised by the UK’s largest regional trade body for the industry, WineGBWest, the annual competition welcomes entries from vineyards and wineries across the West Country and South Wales.

The judging panel was made up of industry specialists and critics, who judged the 123 entries in seven classes including best sparkling wines, dry whites, and wines from the Bacchus grape.

Wine educator and certified sommelier, Rebecca Mitchell, was on the panel. She said: “The judges were impressed with the ongoing rise in quality year-on-year coming out of the West Country. The sparkling whites were really exceptional.”

Trevibban Mill was established by husband and wife team Engin and Liz Mumcuoglu. In a complete career change, having come from backgrounds in telecoms and medical physics, they attended a two-year course in viticulture and winemaking to learn about the process of wine production. They purchased the land in 2007 and planted the vineyard in 2008 and have been producing wine in their own winery since 2014.

Liz said: “We are thrilled to win these awards for our beautiful Blanc de Blancs 2014. Its elegance is a true expression of all that is wonderful about English sparkling wines. Made in the traditional method and aged on the lees for four years, Blanc de Blancs 2014 is classified as Brut Nature, indicating the very driest type of sparkling wine as no sugars are added.”

Trevibban Mill’s Black Ram red wine also won silver at the same awards and its Pinot Noir Pink Sparkling 2014 was awarded silver in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championship 2019.

Blanc de Blancs 2014 is available in Trevibban Mill’s wine shop and website.

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