English wine is growing in popularity and is increasingly recognised as a premium wine producing region, with approximately 1,800ha of land under vine, more than 450 vineyards and around 3.15m bottles produced a year. Sales of English wine reached approximately £78million in 2014, and may reach £100million by the end of 2015.

The most popular grapes varieties grown in English vineyards are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bacchus, as well as others including Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Ortega. Whilst vineyards are found across the whole of England, the climate of the South East makes it a particularly popular region for growing vines, especially Sussex and Kent.

English sparkling wine specifically has been highly praised for its quality, beating Champagne in some competitions, and collecting a total of 74 medals and trophies in the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards.

Some of the best-known English wineries include: Ridgeview Estate, Denbies, Chapel Down, Hush Heath, Camel Valley and Nyetimber – but there are many more.

See below for the latest English wine news and recommendations.

English sparkling wines

English sparkling wines for Christmas

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South Downs travel guide

Wine Trails: South Downs travel guide

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Harvesting grapes, Hambledon

Harvesting wine grapes at Hambledon vineyard

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Stainless steel vats at Bolney Estate in Sussex, England

English wine makes British Airways first class list

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English sparkling wine

Made in England: sparkling wines

See Susie Barrie MW’s top English sparkling wines It’s hard to believe that, in just over 25 years, the English sparkling wine industry has come so far. Only in the…

English sparkling wine

Top English sparkling wines to try

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UK wine production hit record highs in 2014

UK winemakers are toasting a bumper 2014 harvest as production continues to grow, with the country’s vineyard area more than doubling in the last seven years.