Fox & Fox Winery – East Sussex boutique sparkling wine producer named one of the world’s best
Having been awarded three gold medals in the 2020 Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA), one of the only international wine competitions to go ahead this year, Fox & Fox was named the runner-up sparkling wine producer of the year in the SWA awards. It is the first time in the competition’s history that an English wine producer has featured in the producer of the year awards.
Out of thousands of producers from across the globe who entered the 14th annual competition, Fox & Fox was one of only seven to be recognised in the SWA producer of the year awards for “their outstanding performance in this year’s competition”.
Described as a producer to watch, in the sparkling wine category, Fox & Fox was up against 25 other gold-medal-winning fizz producers from Champagne, England, Prosecco, Spain, and further afield.
The UK’s only on-trade wine competition, the Sommelier Wine Awards are judged by a carefully selected team of Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine. With the industry’s best palates judging the wines, it is not surprising that it is notoriously difficult to pick up one gold medal in the SWA, let alone for one producer to receive three in the same year.
Boutique grower-producer, Fox & Fox was awarded three gold medals for their limited-edition cuvée, Chairman’s Vat Brut 2014, its Mosaic Rosé Brut 2015 and its outstanding Meunier Blanc de noirs Brut 2014.
Since the vineyard was planted in Mayfield, East Sussex in 2004, owners Jonica and Gerard Fox have adopted a careful and imaginative attitude to viticulture and winemaking, ensuring that each vintage English sparkling wine is respectful and reflective of both the season and place.
Fox & Fox co-owner Jonica Fox says: “We were already so honoured to have been awarded an unprecedented three gold medals in such a widely respected global competition; this is the icing on the cake. To have been chosen from such an enormous and impressive list of wine producers and named as the second-best sparkling wine producer in the world is a great tribute to our team. Both Gerard and I are incredibly proud of all the wines we produce and recognition like this makes the hard work, which goes into growing grapes and creating exciting wines in England’s marginal climate, all worthwhile.”
Available for free nationwide delivery, the gold-award-winning wines Chairman’s Vat Brut 2014, Mosaic Rosé Brut 2015, and Meunier Blanc de noirs Brut, 2014 are all available to buy direct from Fox & Fox.