Wines produced at Swindon’s nearest vineyard are among the best in the west – and that’s official.

At the annual awards of the South West Vineyards Association, the 2016 Special Reserve Red from Poulton Hill Vineyard, on the Wiltshire / Gloucestershire border, shared first place with Sharpham Estate’s Pinot Noir in the Red category, while the vineyard picked up a Silver Award for its 2017 vintage in the Dry Whites from the Bacchus Grape category.

The competition began over 40 years ago, and gives wine producers from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol, and Gloucestershire the chance to have their produce judged by Masters of Wine and wine trade professionals. This year, judging was held at Langham Wine Estate, near Dorchester.

Guy Smith, chairman of the South West Vineyards Association, said: “The standard of wine entered by our members is increasing year on year, reinforcing the consistently high quality produced here in the South West by largely family-owned vineyards.”

Tiléri Charles-Jones, managing director of the three-hectare Poulton Hill Vineyard, which was established in 2010, said: “We were particularly pleased with the performance of the 2016 Special Reserve, which is the first red we produced. We released just 663 bottles in 2018, and the last few bottles are now only available from the Cellar Door shop at the vineyard.

The 11 percent ABV wine, which retails at £16.99, is described as “deep ruby in appearance, with beautiful nose of cherry, blackberry and hints of strawberry.”

The 11.5 percent ABV Bacchus 2017, which retails at £15.99, and is described as “elegant light gold in appearance with notes of elderflower and ripe peach on the nose,” is also available direct from the vineyard at Poulton Hill Estate, Cirencester GL7 5JA, or via the website at https://poultonhillestate.co.uk

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