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Our Awards and Press

Our natural English reserve prevents us from bragging about the awards we have won. However, having won a gold medal and trophy in the International Wine Challenge for the first vintage of our iconic Balfour Brut Rosé, we are rightly proud to be one of the wineries flying the flag for English Wine. Our most recent award was a first for English Red Wines; ‘The Red Miller’ was awarded the IWC English Red Trophy, the first time in the competition’s 36 year history that an English Still Red wine has received this prestigious accolade.

We take pride in only entering industry recognised awards and only those in which wine industry professionals blind taste the wines. Our most recent highlights include:

  • Balfour Brut Rose 2017 – 92 points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
  • Blanc de Blancs 2014 – Gold Medal International Wine Challenge
  • The Red Miller 2018 – International Wine Challenge National English Red Trophy
  • Balfour 1503 Classic Cuvée- Decanter Gold Medal Winner, 2015

We are proud to be one of the wineries leading the way for English Wine. Our most recent award was a first for English red wines, the IWC awarded The Red Miller the National English red trophy. This is the first time in the competition’s 36 year history that an English red wine has received this prestigious accolade.

Awards are not exclusively for our wines, Owen Elias has been making wine at Balfour since our very first vintage in 2004 and we are proud to say has been awarded UK Winemaker of the Year on six occasions. His son, Fergus Elias is following in his footsteps, as one of England’s youngest winemakers.

For further information about our awards or press, please contact our Sales Director Adam Williams here.

 

Recent Press Articles

Winner of Kent Wine of the Year at the Taste of Kent Awards 2022

100 Most Influential 2022 by Drinks Retailing

8 best English wines to have on your radar, from chardonnay to pinot noir by The Independent

Plans for boutique wine hotel at Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone accepted by council by Kent Messenger

Majestic Listing for Jake’s Drinks set to fast-track growth ambitions By The British Guild of Beer Writers

It Can Be Done – Richard and Leslie Balfour-Lynn interviewed by Mid Kent Living

Jake’s Drinks owner takes a stake in Cellar Head Brewing by Beer Today