Two Dorset wineries have scooped gold medals at the WineGB Awards.

Langham Wine Estate near Dorchester and Bride Valley Vineyard near Long Bredy have yet again won several gold medals between them.

Langham Wine Estate won three gold and one silver awards for its Blanc De Blancs NV, Pinot Noir 2019 and its Corallian Classic Cuvée.

Tommy Grimshaw, Head Wine Maker at Langham Wine Estate, said: "It is obviously very nice to be awarded for the hard work the team has put in.

"The contest is a real chance to benchmark yourself against the competition.

"We are quite a small team here but we are dedicated to the wine and flying the flag for Dorset and the southwest."

Dorset Echo: Tommy Grimshaw, Head Wine Maker at Langham Wine Estate

Mr Grimshaw added that wines at Langham are made with no filtration and no fining agents, making them vegan. He said: "We are quite unique in our wine-making process. It is quite a divisive style of wine, but you can only make the wines you are passionate about."

Bride Valley Vineyard won two golds for its Blanc de Blancs 2018, and Brut Reserve 2018.

Mo Fisher, Marketing & Events at Bride Valley, said: "We are absolutely thrilled.

"We are very lucky that we grow the three grapes that are traditionally known as champagne grapes on similar soil to champagne in France.

"The Blanc de Blancs in particular is our signature wine which we feel reflects us very well."

This year saw a record number of entries, with well over 100 producers entering from across 27 counties, including some 18 entering for the first time.

Co-Chair of the Judges Susie Barrie MW said: “We were absolutely thrilled with the quality of the whole range of wines that we tasted this year. We consistently see great sparkling wines and they only get better.

"What is great to see though is the evolution of the other categories, especially amongst the still wines, and the quality we are seeing really shows such enormous potential for the future. 

"We also had more wines entering the innovation category this year which is fantastic.  What’s also terrific is that the wins come not only from the largest producers but also some of the smallest and from long-established wineries to newcomers. Huge congratulations to all the medal winners.”

Of the medals awarded, 156 went to sparkling, (38 Gold, 81 Silver & 37 Bronze) and 157 to still wines (10 Gold, 64 Silver and 83 Bronze).

The Trophy winners, including the unveiling of the Supreme Champion – the Wine of the Year - will be announced at the WineGB Awards ceremony on Friday, July 7 in London.