Sogevinus has been awarded the accolade of Fortified Producer of the Year at this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards with Kopke, the oldest Port Wine House. Kopke dominated the Port section, winning half of the category’s Gold medals, impressing the judges with both quality and price at every level. From the 10 Years Old Tawny (Gold – £23.50), to the 2003 White Colheita (Gold – £60) and the 1980 Colheita Port (Gold – £120), the judges commented on the freshness and vibrancy of these wines, and this is only the second time in the competition’s thirteen year history that this title has been awarded.
The Sommelier Wine Awards is a wine competition that focuses entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade. Wines with general distribution on the High Street are not permitted to enter, except for sparkling and fortified wines, or merchants’ online-exclusive wines.
Since the competition started in 2007 it has grown to become the first point of reference for the UK’s on-trade wine buyers as well as the main competition for wines trying to increase their presence in hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants across the world.
CEO of Sogevinus Fine Wines, Sergio Marly Caminal commented: “We are delighted to be named Fortified Producer of the Year. This is testament to the hard work of all the people involved, from the vine to the wine. From its terroir to the exquisite wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, the history of Kopke is made of experience and dedication, which is reflected in its unique wines – and thanks to the expertise and devotion that have been passed down through the generations.”
The popularity of Tawny Port in the UK has grown over the last few years, with more and more chefs and sommeliers appreciating the versatility of these wines. Chilled tawny ports and aged white ports are both very exciting options for interesting new food matches, from cheese boards to game dishes and even oriental style cuisine.