North Yorkshire’s Ryedale Vineyards have won their first ever Silver Medal in the national wine competition last week.
The event, which was held in Oxford, is the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition and attracts entries from vineyards throughout England and Wales. All the wines are judged by Masters of Wine.
Ryedale was the only Yorkshire vineyard to win medals, and in addition to the Silver, also won a Bronze Medal for its Wolds View off dry white wine. The wine which won the Silver Medal was a medium rosé, Shepherds Delight. Both wines were made at the vineyard by Skipton born Stuart Smith, who runs the vineyards with his wife Elizabeth.
The 10 acres of vineyards were planted in 2006 and 2008, and their wines have been winning awards ever since their first harvest in 2008. Only last year Ryedale Vineyards won a Gold Medal in the regional vineyards competition for their pink sparkling wine ‘A Taste of Paradise’