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Welsh sparkling wine best in the world

They'll be dancing in the valleys at Ancre Hill Wine Estate. They've just beaten competition such as Bollinger, Feuillete, Paul Bara and Champagne de Saint Gall to win the title of World's Best Sparkling Wine. The Bollicine del Mondo competition in Verona awarded their 2008 Sparkling Wine the first prize. The competition is in it's fifth year and is organised by leading Italian wine magazine Euposia.

The Monmouthshire vineyard is no stranger to winning international awards as they already have a silver medal from the Decanter World Wine Awards for the 2008 sparkling rosé. They have also previously won two bronzes for a sparkling white 2008 and Pinot Noir 2009 from the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

Ancre Hill Estate’s Richard Morris said he was delighted with this result which is a massive plus for Wales and the Welsh wine industry. He put their growing success down to the meso-climate in Monmouth where the vineyard is based.