Rosé named national champion

A record-breaking number of awards was presented at this year’s Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC) awards dinner which took place on Monday 4 November 2019 at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London. 

Sussex producer Bolney Wine Estate stole the night for England this year, being presented the trophy for Best English Sparkling Wine for its 2016 Cuvée Rosé in Magnum format, as well as Best in Class English Rosé Vintage and Best in Class English Magnum. This is the second year running that a sparkling rosé has been selected as the competition’s national champion.

Other English sparkling wines from Cottonworth, Digby Fine English, Gusbourne, Lyme Bay and Simpsons Wine Estate, were also presented with Best in Class awards on the night.

“Every year the standard of sparkling wines entered just keep on getting better and better,” said CSWWC founder and head judge Tom Stevenson. “The bar was set high from day one and the trophy count certainly reflects this. However, it is not only our mission to promote world class wines, but also to discover and reward new and exciting wines from established and emerging regions across the world. Another is keeping track of all the established greats, seeing if they come through the totally blind process with golds, best in class and then on to trophies, and they certainly proved it this year.”


Bolney Wine Estate 2016 Cuvée Rosé 
Best English Sparkling Wine 2019 
Best in Class English Rosé Vintage
Best in Class English Magnum

Cottonworth NV Classic Cuvée
Best in Class English Brut Non-Vintage

Digby Fine English 2010 Vintage Reserve Vintage
Best in Class English Vintage Brut

Gusbourne 2014 Blanc de Blancs
Best in Class English Blanc de Blancs

Lyme Bay Winery NV Sparkling Rosé
Best in Class English Rosé Non-Vintage

Simpsons Wine Estate 2016 Chalklands Classic Cuvée
Best in Class English Newcomer