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Press Release: North Star Shines Again!

20th June 2013

Eglantine Vineyard, Nottinghamshire`s first commercial vineyard, is proud to announce that ‘North Star 2011’ has won a Gold Medal in the English and Welsh Wine of the Year competition announced yesterday (Wednesday 19th June, 2013). Judged most outstanding sweet wine in the competition North Star also scooped the Stefanowicz  Trophy. The award ceremony will be held at the House of Commons on 23rd of July.

The Competition, the most prestigious in the English and Welsh winemaker’s calendar attracts entries from many of the six hundred vineyards now producing in the UK. The judging panel, chaired by Anthony Foster MW, is composed entirely of Masters of Wine.

North Star, produced at Eglantine Vineyard, Nottinghamshire has an illustrious record. The first vintage, released in 2003 won a Silver Medal in the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2003 and every vintage released since that date has collected silver and or gold medals on both the national and the international scene.

Awards  for previous vintages at silver and/or gold standard: Vinalies Internationales, Vignerons Independents,  International Wine and Spirit Competition, Decanter WWA and the English National Wine Competition.

Asked whether there are any trophies still to be won Tony Skuriat, winemaker,  smiles wryly and admits that keeping the standard high is always a big challenge – and yes,  there is always another hill to climb, another medal, another trophy, which seems tantalisingly just out of reach for the moment!

North Star Award History

The 2001 vintage, won a Silver Medal in the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), a Gold in the Mercian Vineyards Assosication Wine Challenge and a Bronze in the UK Vineyards Association Wine of the Year Competition.
The 2002 vintage gained Silver medals in the Decanter World Wine Awards, the IWSC, the UK Wine of the Year Awards, the Concours des Vins des Vignerons Independents and named "Wine of the Year" by the Mercian Vineyards Association.
The 2004 vintage of "North Star" has been awarded: Gold by the French Vignerons Independents in the 2007 competition, Silver Best in Class by the IWSC 07, Gold from the Vinalies Internationales 2008 in Paris, Frances most prestigious competition, and Gold in the UK Wine of the Year Awards 2008.
Eglantine North Star 2006 won a Gold Medal and 2 trophies in the UK Vineyards Association Wine of the Year Competition 2010;


  • Wine Guild Trophy for the most outstanding large production wine of any vintage other than the previous year's vintage
  • Tom Day Trophy for the most outstanding single varietal wine


Awarding Bodies

Wines from Eglantine Vineyard have received awards from:
To learn more about these competitions, click the links above to visit their websites.