Renishaw Hall’s wine win makes it the U.K’s most northerly vineyard to win a Decanter World Wine Award
Kieron Atkinson, winemaker and vineyard tenant at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, has been awarded a Commended medal in the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards for his 2011 Seyval Blanc sparkling wine.
The award makes the wine the most northerly to win in the UK, and is the first time the historic vineyard in north Derbyshire has picked up a global award.
It’s also the first time that winemaker Kieron entered a wine to the Decanter World Wine Awards, produced from grapes grown in what was once the most northerly vineyard in the world.
The sparkling wine is a clear, crisp and with a fine mousse, made using Seyval Blanc grapes grown in the Derbyshire site. It’s produced using the traditional method.
Kieron - who manages the historic vineyard at Renishaw Hall in north Derbyshire after a previous career serving as an officer in the British Army - says: “this award is proof that good wines can be produced in the north of England. It’s now recognised that the climate in parts of the UK is more akin to the weather experienced in the Champagne region of France a decade or so ago, which can only mean the England will continue producing quality sparkling wines. I am delighted Renishaw Hall’s historic vineyard has produced a global award winning wine and I am sure the late Sir Reresby Sitwell, who planted the vineyard back in 1972, would have enjoyed this accolade”.
Alexandra Sitwell, current owner of Renishaw Hall and daughter of the late Sir Reresby Sitwell, says: “It’s fantastic that there are now award-winning wines being produced from the vineyard here at my home and it’s an accolade to Kieron’s hard work at making quality wines which we can all be proud of”.
The Decanter World Wine Awards is the world’s leading wine competition. The competition is well known for its rigorous judging process, which has led to the Decanter World Wine Awards becoming the most authoritative source of wine recommendations for wine lovers worldwide. This year, the 219 judges were from all around the world assessed 14,362 wines from 52 countries. This year’s expert panel of judges included 75 Masters of Wine, and 13 Master Sommeliers.