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PUBLISHED: 13:47 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 23 August 2010

THREE of the county s finest vineyards have scooped awards in a prestigious worldwide competition featuring over 9,000 wines. Meopham Valley Vineyard was commended for their Sparkling Kent (2004) and Rose Brut Kent at the 2008 Decanter World Wine Award

THREE of the county's finest vineyards have scooped awards in a prestigious worldwide competition featuring over 9,000 wines.

Meopham Valley Vineyard was 'commended' for their Sparkling Kent (2004) and Rose Brut Kent at the 2008 Decanter World Wine Awards.

Billed as the most influential wine competition in the world, bosses at the vineyard near Gravesend will attend the glitzy awards ceremony in London on September 1.

Pinot Reserve 2002 from Chapel Down, Tenterden, won a bronze medal and Hush Heath, Cranbrook, will be 'commended' for their Balfour Brut Rose Kent 2004.

A staggering 9,219 wines were entered this year, more than double the amount put forward when the competition launched five years ago.

Christelle Guibert, Decanter's tasting director, said: "It is always delightful to showcase British wines and show that they can hold their own in the most influential wine competition in the world.

"The overall standard of British entries was higher than ever this year.

"It is a great achievement that not just one, but three Kent vineyards made it on to the medals table at the 2008 awards."

David and Pauline Grey set up the Meopham Valley Vineyard in 1991.

The two hectare vineyard in Meopham grows a substantial range of grapes and makes White, Red, Rosé and sparkling wines.

No chemicals are used to protect the vines or improve the soil other that those authorised by the Soil Association. They are licensed to sell wine by the bottle or case from the vineyard shop which is situated at the rear of Norway House.

This year's judges included 50 who flew in from around the world.

Steven Spurrier, chairman of the awards, said: "Winning a medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards is a sign of an outstanding wine."

l To find out more visit www.meophamvalleyvineyards.co.uk

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