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Border Vineyard Picks up Award at International Competition


Kerry Vale Harvest 2013 (12)Kerry Vale Vineyard near Montgomery is celebrating after winning a third award in an international wine competition.

The vineyard collected a Commended Award for its 2015 ‘Shropshire Lady’ dry white wine at the prestigious International Wine Challenge 2017, following two wins last year.

Typically, the English wine industry is associated with the southern counties. However, this important award is an accolade for Kerry Vale which demonstrates the capability of vineyards and wineries much further north to produce extremely high quality wine.

The family run vineyard is proud to be producing award winning wine to an international standard, having last year won a silver and highly commended for two of its still wines.

The International Wine Challenge (IWC), owned by William Reed Business Media, is now in its 34th year and is accepted as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition, which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage.

Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges.

Kerry Vale Vineyard owner June Ferguson said:

“This is an exciting time for us and we couldn’t be more delighted to be ranked amongst the top wine producers in the country.

“This is our third vintage and the second international competition we have entered, so we are thrilled to have won an award. Last year, we won 16 national awards which we were very pleased with, but international recognition is even better!

“We would like to thank Halfpenny Green Vineyard who make our wine. Without them this would not have been possible.”

Kerry Vale’s award winners are available to try at the vineyard shop and wine café which opens on March 24. Alternatively, a vineyard tour can be booked to find out how the wines are grown and maintained to achieve the best quality grapes.

Planted in 2010 and covering six acres of farmland, the vineyard resides at the eastern tip of the Kerry Vale, an area of outstanding natural beauty and just three miles south of the charming former county town of Montgomery.

The vineyard is home to 6,000 vines in three varieties – Rondo, Pheonix and Solaris, all ideally suited for the climate. Spaced at 1.2 metres in rows 2.3 metres apart, there are 62 rows with a combined length from the first vine to the last of approximately eight miles.

Dedicated to producing wines of only the highest quality, the vineyard utilises time honoured viticulture practices to produce the best possible fruit. Disease resistant varieties have been selected which keeps spraying to a minimum and great attention is paid to management, maximising air flow through the canopy and sun and light exposure to suit the season.

Orders are now being taken by the vineyard for the IWC award winning wine, which is available from the shop or website Call 01588 620627.


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