Dorset Food, Drink and Farming Awards 2019: Best Drinks Product

PUBLISHED: 09:22 27 September 2019 | UPDATED: 10:50 27 September 2019

Drinks Product of the Year

Drinks Product of the Year


Our judges were won over by a wine that is made on the Furleigh estate in West Dorset

This award was kindly sponsored by Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants, and it was our readers' opportunity to nominate their favourite drink - made by a Dorset producer, retailer or manufacturer. Readers were asked to consider the innovativeness of the drink and whether this was achieved without compromising on its taste, indulgence and value for money.

This year's finalists are…

BH1 Gin, Bournemouth - Lewis Spendlove and Przemek Seczkowski met each other working together in Bournemouth. Combined they have a wealth of over 35 years experience in the Food & Beverage industry making them the perfect pair to release a unique spirits company. After spending months perfecting the recipe, they have now created BH1 Gin - which they describe as savoury, smooth with no after-burn, followed by a tiny sweet note finish, which makes it the perfect gin for martinis as well as G&T's.


The Dorset Ginger Company, Lytchett Matravers - Produce award winning, non alcoholic, non carbonated, hand blended ginger drinks and Sicilian lemonade. They gently pasteurise the bottles which gives the drinks a long shelf life and eliminates the need for adding potassium sorbate. Our ginger drinks can be enjoyed on their own or used as mixers.

And this year's winner is…

Mapperton Estate for their Montagu Cuvée, Beaminster - The cuvée, which is made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier, is named after the house of Montagu, of which the Earl of Sandwich is one of the titles. The fizz is served at celebrations and events at Mapperton House near Beaminster. The wine was made on the Furleigh estate in west Dorset and combines all that is good about Dorset fruit-growing with the finest traditions of sparkling winemaking.

A huge congratulations to our winner and our finalists. Thank you to the public for their many nominations, and to our well-respected judges who picked our worthy winner of the 'Best Drinks Product', sponsored by Saffery Champness Chartered Accountants.

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