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Home News > May 2019 > Record rises as sparklers dominate at SWA

Sparkling wine was the big winner from this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, with a 75% increase in Gold medals compared to 2018 – the biggest increase by a major category in the competition’s history.

The bubbles renaissance was led by Champagne. After a quiet year last year, France’s star fizz roared back in 2019, with big increases in every area: non-vintage, vintage and rose. In total, the region pulled in an astonishing 46 medals, 16 of them Gold.

After big increases over the last few years, English fizz pulled in roughly the same numbers as 2018, but Prosecco golds jumped by 50%, with tasters praising consistency of quality across the price range.

And for the first time there were sizable increases in top medals for the New World, too, both in white and rosé sparklers.

Feedback from the tasting teams was positive more or less across the board, and while pricing was tight, for a luxury category like this our judges felt that there was the opportunity to charge more, provided the quality was there.

‘With spring underway and summer just round the corner, this is great news for bars, hotels and restaurants across the UK,’ said competition director, Chris Losh. ‘Whether they’re looking for a budget sparkler or a prestige cuvée champagne, there’s a record number of really good bottles to choose from.’

See all the 2019 winners here