Albury Vineyard has won two Gold Awards for its sparkling wines in the International Organic Wine Awards 2016.
These top awards for Albury Estate Blanc de Blancs and Albury Estate Classic Cuvée come hard on the heels of silvers and bronzes in the Decanter Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge competitions announced last month. Vineyard owner Nick Wenman is delighted that the sparkling wines are gaining such recognition in international competition. “These are our first vintage sparkling wines,” he said, “And it is fantastic that they are being singled out by the experts. English wines are becoming increasingly successful and we are very proud of the achievements of our Albury Estate sparklings this year.”
Albury Vineyard, on the south facing slopes of the North Downs in the Surrey Hills, produces high quality still and sparkling organic wines grown on biodynamic principles. Its latest vintage, Silent Pool Rosé, was released in May. The vineyard is still young. It was planted in 2009 by owner Nick Wenman and comprises 21,000 vines spanning 12 acres of chalk downland. Albury is one of only a handful of organic vineyards in England.
Albury supplies wine to Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons and recently Tom Kerridge’s Hand and Flowers in Marlow became the latest Michelin starred establishment to serve Albury Estate sparkling.
Pictured: Nick Wenman and Vineyard Manager Alex Valsecchi with the award winning sparkling wines