Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard has scooped a 2016 Great British Food Award. Mary’s Rose 2015, produced from their estate-grown grapes 12 miles south of Bristol in North Somerset, was judged ‘Highly Commended’ in the English Wine category by chef and food writer Valentine Warner. The Great British Food magazine’s annual awards recognise UK artisan food and drink producers and these awards are viewed as a ‘benchmark of excellence’.
Mary’s Rose, Aldwick’s signature rosé wine, is dedicated to Mary Watts, mother of Managing Director Sandy Luck. Mary arrived at Aldwick Court Farm as a bride in October 1957. Farmer’s wife, mother of three, and proprietor of a popular Bed & Breakfast business, she was renowned for the profusion of glorious roses she found time to cultivate in her garden. Now retired and a grandmother of three, Mary continues to lend untiring support.
A blend of Solaris, Regent, and Pinot Noir grapes, Mary’s Rose 2015 is a pretty pale pink wine with an appealing delicate redcurrant nose, full and fresh with a lively ‘spritz’.
‘This is a tremendous accolade for only our 3rd vintage of Mary’s Rose’, said Sandy Luck. ‘The other two award-winners were Sparkling wines from large, established operations in the South-East. All credit to dedicated toil in the vines and our winemaker Steve Brooksbank’.
The United Kingdom Vineyards Association awarded Mary’s Rose 2015 a Gold Medal in its 2016 English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition earlier this year.
Wine lovers wishing to judge the rosé for themselves can visit Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard by appointment for a tasting, or join the regular vineyard tours. Wines are also available to buy online. For more details call +44 (0)1934 864404 or visit aldwickcourtfarm.co.uk.