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College’s Gold award for a rising star


Plumpton College’s vineyard, Plumpton Estate, is fast-becoming one of the rising stars of the English sparkling wine industry after two of its products were awarded gold medals in the renowned Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, (CSWWC).

Both Plumpton Estate NV, The Dean Blush and Plumpton Estate NV, The Dean Brut received gold medals in the competition – which includes participants from 26 countries.

Chris Foss, head of wine at the East Sussex-based college, said: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award. The wine team at Plumpton College should be rightly proud of their achievements.”

Launched by the Champagne and sparkling wine writer and author Tom Stevenson – and with the support and expertise of Essi Avellan, MW [Master of Wine] and Dr Tony Jordan – the CSWWC is the first and only terroir-driven competition judged exclusively by internationally renowned Champagne and sparkling wine experts.

The competition is open to effervescing wines of every style produced in the world – and all wines entered into the CSWWC are judged blind and evaluated strictly within the context of their origin and style. The overall trophy winners will be announced in September at a ceremony in Vintners’ Hall in London.

Plumpton College offers education, training and research in wine production and wine business for the UK. This includes apprenticeships in viticulture, a foundation degree in wine production and BSc (Hons) and MSc viticulture and oenology (the science of wine and winemaking) courses.