Cheers! Vineyard rose takes silver

June 22 2017

Bristol and Somerset based Dunleavy Vineyards has won Silver in the UK Wine Awards for its latest release, a 2016 Pinot noir rosé.

Bristol and Somerset based Dunleavy Vineyards has won Silver in the UK Wine Awards for its latest release, a 2016 Pinot noir rosé.  

Designed to showcase the different styles of sparkling and still wines produced on these very shores, the UK Wine Awards are run by the United Kingdom wine industry in association with Hotel du Vin, Country Life and Waitrose.

Bristol resident Ingrid Bates is the director of Dunleavy Vineyards. She planted the vines at their leased, Chew Valley site back in 2008 when she was just 29. Ingrid learned the viticultural trade at a small vineyard at Thornbury Castle before saving up to plant her own Pinot noir and Seyval vines. The Dunleavy label has produced five vintages of Pinot noir rosé to date and their first sparkling wine should be ready at the end of 2018. 

With only 3,000 bottles of their current release available, Dunleavy are a relatively small producer when compared to some of the other UK Wine Award winners. Their rosé from previous years has also had success, winning ‘Best Local Wine’ at the Bristol Good Food Awards as well as bronze medals at the International Wine Challenge and Independent English Wine Awards.  

 The wine is available from some of the best restaurants in Bristol including Bellita in Cotham, POCO and Bulrush and from The Mall Deli and Grape&Grind on the Gloucester Road.

See Vineyard News on Page 31 for more details