“Furleigh Estate has arrived,” said a delighted Ian Edwards in response to winning the 2012 Winemaker of the Year accolade in the UK Vineyard Association's annual awards. “We had taken a bit of a risk,” he admitted about his youthful winery, still less than a decade old.
With no major producers nearby, he and his wife Rebecca were quite literally ploughing their own furrow when they bought the farm her father used to own and planted their vines back in the early noughties. “It shows it was all worth it,” he smiled.
And the wines what won it for them? Two trophy winners – the best sparkling wine for his Classic Cuvée 2009 sparkler, and the most outstanding oaked wine trophy, for his Bacchus Fumé 2010 – his prize is the modest size wooden ornament you can see in the image – plus a pair of Golds for two other sparkling wines.