Home News > May 2019 > An aristocrat, a newbie and an old favourite – meet our Producers of the Year 2019

From a consistently great-value Cape producer to one of the biggest names in Champagne, via an up-and-coming area of Portugal, our Producers of the Year 2019 certainly covered the gamut of wine companies this year.

The one (semi) unifying factor? That Hatch Mansfield must be delighted. They’re responsible for two of this year’s three winners.

The most famous name was Taittinger, who won the Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year award. This is only the third time we’ve given out a Sparkling award. But it was recognition of the fact that, in a category that saw a huge number of medals this year (sparkling golds were up by an unprecedented 75% on 2018) Taittinger still stood out. Their six medals – five of them Gold – was incredible for a producer competing in just one wine style.

Hatch Mansfield’s other winner was Kleine Zalze. The South African producer has an excellent record in SWA, regularly picking up large numbers of medals, often at great prices. And they did the same again this year, with three of their seven medal-winners (and two of the five Golds) under £10. In putting in such a great performance, they became the first ever winery to win a Producer of the Year award two years on the trot.

If the first two Producer winners are familiar, this year’s European Producer of the year is likely to be a new name to many of you. Casa Ermelinda Freitas picked up four Golds and three Silvers, with a wide-ranging and well-priced submission of wines from the Setubal peninsula south of Lisbon. Its Golds were red and white house wines, a mid-priced Merlot and a classy Moscatel – something for every venue, whether pub or Michelin-starred. Their fine performance ensured they became our first ever Portuguese winner of a Producer of the Year gong.

See all medal winners here