Australian sparkling producer House of Arras has claimed the title of Best Australian Sparkling at the 2023 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC).

House of Arras was presented the trophy for its House of Arras A by Arras Premium Cuvée Brut at the awards ceremony on Friday 3 November in London. Chief Winemaker Ed Carr, who was present to accept the award in London, spoke about the achievement.

“I’m incredibly honoured to accept this award for our A by Arras Premium Cuvée Brut. This wine is a terrific introduction to the House of Arras collection. It’s opulent, sophisticated and structural, while showcasing the hallmark characteristics of cool climate sparkling wine. I’m thrilled it is recognised on the global stage as one of Australia’s best sparkling wines.

“This also marks the beginning of an exciting new era for House of Arras, not only off the back of these awards, but as we join the Handpicked Wines family. There’s great optimism and energy at the winery, and I look forward to celebrating with the entire team when I get back to Tasmania.”

The prestigious sparkling wine competition is noted as the world’s most competitive, with almost 1,000 sparkling wines from 19 different countries judged this year.

There were 11 gold medals awarded to Australian wines at the 10th annual CSWWC, eight of which went to House of Arras. The three other Australian winemakers awarded gold were Chandon Australia, Swift and Taltarni Vineyards.

“Over ten years, this competition has established beyond doubt who the very best sparkling winemakers around the world are by their wines consistently winning top honours, yet every year brings success for new regions and new producers in established regions. I can honestly say that we live in a golden era for sparkling wine,” says Tom Stevenson, Founder and Chairman of the CSWWC.

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