Wine AwardsThe Whitchurch vineyard at the Wooldings has taken a number of top awards in the prestigious UK Wine Awards, which “celebrate the impressive achievements of English and Welsh wines”.

293 entries were received from throughout the UK and were judged by a panel of top wine experts.

Coates & Seely who run the Whitchurch vineyard just north of the town scooped the Supreme Champion Award for their La Perfide Blanc de Blancs 2009.
This was described as “Fabulously elegant and refined with the seductive toasted brioche and honey notes from age.”

The same wine also took the Awards for Best Overall Sparkling Wine, and Best Sparkling Blanc de Blancs.
Their Rosé 2009 also took the honours for the Best Sparkling Rosé.

Christian Seely and Nicholoas Coates (from Coates & Seely web page)

Christian Seely and Nicholoas Coates (from Coates & Seely web page)

Coates and Seeley was formed in 2009 by Nicholas Coates and Christian Seely and their wines have a highly regarded reputation.

The vineyard at Wooldings in the chalk slopes of the North Hampshire Downs was established by Charles Cunningham whose life was tragically cut short while travelling in Indonesia. The vineyard was then continued by his mother Daphne Cunningham who subsequently went into partnership with Coates and Seeley.

The vineyard had previously produced the English Wine of the Year 2000 and was the first English vineyard to achieve the to Quality Wine Marque Award.