Crack open the bubbly: Great Bardfield Vineyard wins wine of the year

DUN 28 Bardfield Winning Wine

DUN 28 Bardfield Winning Wine - Credit: Archant

Time to get out the bubbles. Wines produced by the Bardfield Vineyard in Great Bardfield have won gold and silver in the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition.

The vineyard on land once owned by Anne of Cleves, who also grew grapes there, has already won the East Anglian Wine of the Year but now their white wines have also gone down rather well nationally.

The Bardfield Bacchus 2013 won gold. The two silver winners are Bardfield Bacchus 2014 and Anne of Cleeves Bacchus 2013.

The grapes were first planted on his Great Lodge Estate in 1989 by farmer Alan Jordan who said he knew that grapes had been grown on the land by King Henry’s VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleeves who was given the estate on her divorce. The vineyard is now run by Alan’s daughter, Rebecca with vine manager Claire Kohlis.

Rebecca said: “This is the first year we have entered the national competition and only 19 of the 327 wines entered were awarded gold. Our other two wines won silver to add to the silvers already awarded by the East Anglian Vineyard Association a few weeks ago.

Mr Jordan said: “We are delighted that all our hard work has been recognised.”