FURLEIGH Estate, Dorset’s finest sparkling wine producer, has been winning more awards – in the Far East.

Furleigh’s Rosé Brut 2010 recently took the Regional Trophy in the Japan Wine Challenge 2017 and the Classic Cuvée 2014 won a Silver medal in the Decanter Asia Wine Award where the Rosé also scooped the Bronze.  The Japan Wine Challenge trophy will be presented to Furleigh Estate in Tokyo next spring by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado.

Furleigh Estate at Salway Ash, near Bridport, is owned and run by Ian Edwards and Rebecca Hansford.

Rebecca recently joined other English winemakers on a trade mission to the Far East led by the UK Government’s Department of International Trade.

She visited Japan where she presented Furleigh Estate wines to the Japanese wine trade at a reception in the British Embassy in Tokyo.

Rebecca says: “We are absolutely delighted to have Furleigh fizz recognised as one of the world’s top wines in such an important marketplace as the Far East.

“The Japanese are very knowledgeable and discerning wine drinkers, and it was a pleasure to be able to show them our own sparkling wines – which are made using exactly the same method as Champagne, but from grapes grown on English soil.

“To have our Rosé awarded the Regional Trophy is a huge accolade and to receive a silver and a bronze medal in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards is a wonderful boost not just for Furleigh, but for English wine in general.  We believe that these awards build the credibility of our wine in this very important wine market. 

“But the good news for local wine-lovers is that our sparkling wines are available in the UK from our own cellar door and some of the best wine merchants and restaurants in London, the southwest and across the country.”

The first vines at Furleigh were planted 12 years ago. Now some 53,000 vines are spread across three sites and the vineyard produces around 40,000 bottles of sparkling wine and some 10,000 bottles of still wine each year.

Rebecca Hanford: 31st Oct 2017 18:02:00

Recent Awards

Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Competition: Gold Medal 2014 International Wine Challenge Tropy Winner Effervescents du Monde - Gold in 2013 Decanter - Bronze in 2011