Warden Abbey Vineyard wine wins Bronze at World Wine Awards

Warden Abbey Vineyard is delighted to have received a Bronze Medal at the 2024 Decanter World Wine Awards for its 2019 Sparkling Brut.

We had a bumper harvest in 2019 – one of the best since 2010 when Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (Beds RCC) took over the vineyard and set up the Community Vineyard Project. Our volunteers work throughout the year to tend the vines and we are very proud that the quality of the wine we produce has been recognised by the industry.

Our 2019 vintage uses all three grape varieties we grow; each one was whole-bunch pressed and vinified separately before being blended and bottled for the second fermentation.

It typically takes between nine months to five years to make English Sparkling wine using the traditional bottle-fermented method. This wine had 20 months maturing on the lees before being disgorged in June 2022, followed by a second disgorgement in 2023. In total we produced 2,640 bottles.

Speaking of the award, Beds RCC CEO Tracy Cowan said:

“We are delighted and honoured to have received this prestigious award for our wine, which is a testament to the hard work, care and dedication of our whole Warden Abbey Vineyard team. I encourage everyone to sample the fruits of our team’s hard work!”

This vintage first went on sale in 2023 and was selected as one of the top 100 wines released in 2023 by renowned wine critic Matthew Jukes. It is described as follows:

“The start on the palate is bright with a mix of citrus fruits. A pear and tropical fruit influence gives a sweet feel to the mid palate, nice depth of flavour with lime and apple at the back refreshing the long finish. Gentle, fine bubbles.”

You can find out more about Warden Vineyard at wardenvineyard.org.uk, including our stockists and details of events at the vineyard this season.

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