Suffolk: Wissett Wines wins bronze in Decanter World Wine Awards

THE owners of a Suffolk vineyard are celebrating after achieving medal success in the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards.

Jonathan and Janet Craft of Wissett Wines have received a bronze award for their Gloriana Brut Ros� 2009 sparkling wine.

The couple have been running the business for more than 25 years, having planted their first vines at Valley Farm, Wissett, near Halesworth, in the spring of 1987, and the vineyard now extends to around eight acres.

They have won a number of awards for their wines over the years but this was the first time they had entered the World Wine Awards, run by Decanter magazine.

The results were announced yesterday on day one of the London International Wine Fair at the ExCel exhibition and conference centre in Docklands.

A total of 14,119 different wines from 47 countries were tasted during the judging of this year’s awards, a week-long process which involved more than 200 wine experts, merchants and writers, including 54 Masters of Wine.

Although most of the wines entered were from established wine regions, such as France, Australia and South Africa, a total of 97 wines from the UK were also involved, of which 89% received a medal.

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The only country in the world to do better was New Zealand, with 92% of wines entered receiving an award.

Two British wines received gold medals – Camel Valley Pinot Noir Brut 2010 from Cornwall and Hush Heath Estate Balfour Brut Ros� 2008 from Kent – and Gusbourne Estate Blanc de Blancs 2007, also from Kent, won the UK Sparkling Wine regional trophy.

The London International Wine Fair continues until Thursday.