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Three is the magic number

Well, they do say that all good things come in threes.

We can certainly attest to that with our recent happy news: we’re the proud recipients of three Silvers at the 2022 WineGB Awards. Penn Croft’s prize-winning trio of Still Whites includes our 2021 Bacchus, 2020 Pinot Blanc and our 2021 Sauvignon Blanc. We’ll raise a glass (or three) to that.

We appreciate that those of you who enjoy a good bottle of wine but don’t work in the industry may not know what all the fuss is about, so let’s start by asking…

Why is this a big deal?

WineGB (Wines of Great Britain) is the national association for grape growers and winemakers in England and Wales. It’s on a mission to establish Great Britain as a celebrated and recognised sustainable wine region capable of holding its own place among the very best in the world. Everyone who’s anyone is involved – and the combined experience, knowledge and influence of the association puts it in a highly respected position within the industry.

The annual WineGB Awards are, therefore, a highly sought-after point of recognition for producers of all sizes in England and Wales. From the smallest to the largest, the newest to the oldest, the competition celebrates excellence and innovation alongside a deep appreciation of traditional methods. Our Silvers put us side by side with the likes of Chapel Down and Gusbourne – company we’re happy to keep.

Oh, and they’ve got the brilliant Susie Barrie MW and the irrepressible Oz Clarke OBE as the judging co-chairs, heading up a panel of industry experts and connoisseurs. These guys know their stuff.

Of 290 medals awarded, there were just 36 Gold, with 114 Silver and 141 Bronze making up the rest. Given how recently we’ve established ourselves, winning three Silvers at this stage is a huge deal for us and we’re suitably chuffed.

What’s next?

Onwards and upwards seems like a good ambition from this point.

We’ve set our sights on a shiny Gold (or three?) at some point in our future, obviously. And with a winemaker like Ben Smith on our team, it feels like a perfectly achievable goal. In the meantime, we’ll continue to enjoy this incredible journey that we’re on – and warmly invite you to travel with us as we do.

You can sign up for our newsletter, book a tour or – and this goes without saying – buy some wine.

And if you hurry, you can still get your hands on our now-award-winning 2020 Pinot Blanc.