Home News > May 2018 > Rhône stars in SWA 2018

The Rhône has emerged as the undisputed star of this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, picking up a record-breaking number of Gold Medals and attracting unfailingly positive feedback from the judges.

This year saw the region smash into double figures. Its total of 11 Golds – nine red and two white – beat its previous best of eight, set in 2016.

The northern crus are often the stars in the Rhône, and true to form they delivered a large number of sublime wines again. But the key feature of this year’s performance was that there were great wines across the appellation: north, south, Cotes du Rhône and whites.

Price wise, it was also hugely impressive. In a year where value for money was conspicuous by its absence, the Rhone covered all the bases. Four of the Golds were under £10, three between £10-20 and four over £20. But all of the wines over-delivered.

‘From the cheapest to the most expensive, the whites delivered what you’d expect: acidity, some oak, creaminess and some floral notes too,’ said SWA Senior Judge, Carlos Ferreira from The Don restaurant. ‘There were options for gastropubs all the way to top-end heavy meals.’

‘Those that know the Rhône are getting great value compared to other prestigious appellations,’ added Beaverbrook’s Euan McColm.

See the full list of winning wines from the Rhône here