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Top English winemakers at joint independent tasting to help launch English Wine Week

Published:  21 May, 2014

Five leading English winemakers are coming together tomorrow in Plymouth to unveil their new 2013 vintages at leading local independent wine merchant , Le Vignoble. The event is being held to also help promote English Wine Week that starts on Saturday, May 24.

Le Vignoble will host winemakers from Camel Valley, Knightor, Chateau Civrac, Sharpham and Nyetimber all of which are situated in the nearby Cornwall, Devon and West Sussex.The producers will be on hand to talk visitors through their wines and their production process and backgrounds in English wine.

These include Sam Lindo from Camel Valley; James Thomas from Knightor; Mark Hellyar from Chateau Civrac; Brad Greatrix from Nyetimber and Duncan Schwab from Sharpham.

A number of award winning wines will be on show at Le Vignoble including Camel Valley's Sparkling Rosé which has been voted the best in the world on three separate occasions including at the International Wine Challenge.

Yannick Loué, owner of Le Vignoble, said: "There are lots of events going on across the country for English Wine Week so we wanted to do something really special. All of the winemakers at the event had a fantastic 2012 vintage and all have their own particular niche, so I know our guests will be keen to try and compare the new wines."

Loué added: "The UK is still only a very minor wine producer but the warmer summers over the last few years have resulted in some fantastic wines; sparkling wine in particular is a must-try. It's great to see the increasing recognition and popularity of English wines here at Le Vignoble and across the UK.  

"For us, it's not just about big label brands; we work with local producers and stock wines from countries like Japan, Uruguay and Tasmania. We want to offer something different and show our customers everything the wine world has to offer. "

Julia Trustram Eve, marketing director of English Wine Producers, said: "There is a lot going on around the country and it's great to see so many outlets getting involved and highlighting English wines, with summer just around the corner it's great to have the opportunity to celebrate the finest of our industry."

Other activity in the South West includes guided tours of Eastcott Estate, Quance Wines and Oatley Vineyard an English wine stand at the River Cottage Summer Fair and an English winemaker's dinner at Tanners Restaurant.