Vineyard scoops international award

December 22 2014

A LOCAL wine producer is celebrating after achieving her first international win.

A LOCAL wine producer is celebrating after achieving her first international win.
Dunleavy Vineyards' 2013 Pinot noir rosé - founded by Bishopston resident Ingrid Bates - picked up bronze in the International Wine Challenge, which attracts over 13,000 entries from across the globe.
The wine, which is produced from vines grown in the Chew Valley, was described by judges as "fresh with aromas of rosehip and red fruits. Bright and lively flavours with crisp acidity".
It is not the only acclamation that Ingrid has picked up this year - earlier in 2014 she was awarded Best Local Wine at the Bristol Good Food Awards.
Ingrid, who is one of the youngest vineyard owners in the country, said: "It makes the years of hard work leading up to this feel worthwhile.
"We thought this wine was great but it’s nice to have it confirmed by the judges. After the lovely summer this year, I can’t wait to see what our 2014 release gets."
Despite being a relatively small producer, Dunleavy has become hugely popularity since its launch almost two years ago.
Initially sold at Grape & Grind in Gloucester Road and The Wine Shop in North Somerset, Dunleavy is now served at a number of bars and restaurants across Bristol including Primrose Café, Thornbury Castle Hotel, Bordeaux Quay, The Library Bar and Café Kino. It is also available online at dunleavyvineyards.co.uk.
Besides aiming to eventually distribute around 5,000 bottles a year, Ingrid also hopes to produce a sparkling wine in a few years time. Watch this space!

Ingrid Bates at Dunleavy vineyards