English wine

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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 wine newcomer Rathfinny Estate bottles first wine

22nd May 2015

Rathfinny Estate in Sussex, one of the newest and biggest English wine producers, has bottled its first wines as it seeks to join in on a sales boom for the sector.

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UK wine production hit record highs in 2014

12th May 2015

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.

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English wine ‘needs a shake-up’, says Hush Heath owner

17th March 2015

English winemakers should not be distracted by side projects to get appellation status for regions like Sussex and need a singular focus to promote their image abroad, Richard Balfour-Lynn has argued.

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Chapel Down warns Sussex appellation will 'cloud the market'

4th March 2015

Moves by several English wine producers to establish protected name status for Sussex has drawn a rebuke from Chapel Down, a rival wine company based outside of the region.

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English wine estates bid to create Sussex appellation

3rd March 2015

Drinking a glass of ‘Sussex’ could soon become a reality with English wine producers poised to bid for the same protected name status as Champagne and Bordeaux.

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English wine sales may hit £100m in 2015, trade estimates

7th January 2015

Rising consumer demand for English and Welsh wine both at home and abroad could see annual sales approach £100m by the end of 2015, according to industry estimates.

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Mike Roberts MBE, co-founder of Ridgeview

English wine trade mourns loss of 'inspirational' Mike Roberts MBE

17th November 2014

Mike Roberts MBE, a pioneer of English wine and co-founder of one of the country's best-known estates, Ridgeview, has died.

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English winemakers hail 'exquisite' 2014 vintage

17th October 2014

English wine producers are hailing 2014 as a year to remember after a warm, dry September produced one of the earliest harvests in recent times.

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Central London winery to make English wine

29th September 2014

London Cru, the winery in the heart of the UK capital, is to make its first English wine from the 2014 vintage after being impressed with the quality of this year's harvest.

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Duchess of Cornwall opens English wine research centre

26th March 2014

A £2m laboratory that is intended to put southern England on the world map for wine research has been opened by the Duchess of Cornwall.

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HRH Duchess of Cornwall opens new Hambledon winery

11th July 2013

The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the new £2.5m all gravity-fed state-of-the-art winery at Hambledon Vineyard in Hampshire this week.

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Chapel Down unveils £4.35m expansion plan

8th July 2013

English winery Chapel Down is to invest more than £4m in a 'significant' vine planting programme and to expand the company's fast-growing beer business.

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English winemakers turn sights to export ahead of Prowein debut

14th March 2013

English winemakers are looking to build on their higher profile following last year's Jubilee and Olympics celebrations with a greater push on exports in 2013.

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Nyetimber to abandon 2012 vintage

10th October 2012

England's largest wine estate, Nyetimber, has announced it will be making no 2012 sparkling wine, because the difficult growing season means it can not produce sufficiently high quality wine from...

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English winemakers pray for Indian summer

29th August 2012

The English grape harvest will be about two weeks later and smaller than normal – with winemakers hoping for a fine September to save the vintage.

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English wine harvest 'not looking good', say winemakers

4th July 2012

As England continues to suffer the wettest early summer since records began, winemakers are beginning to wonder if they are going to have any grapes to harvest at all.

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English wine sparkles for Queen's Jubilee

7th June 2012

English sparkling wines spearheaded bumper wine sales over the Jubilee weekend in the UK, initial figures show.

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TV review: The Apprentice (BBC1)

17th May 2012

Mike Roberts of Ridge View – looking as though he had just caught a whiff of TCA on one of his most prized vintages – summed up the whole affair in one sentence. 'Why was it necessary to make it...

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English Wine Producers rebrands

10th May 2012

English Wine Producers (EWP) has unveiled a new logo and branding designed to reinforce its message about English wines to consumers and the trade.

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Corney & Barrow takes first English wine

8th May 2012

London wine merchant Corney & Barrow has taken its first English listing after being captivated by the 'structure and power' of the sparkling wines of Wiston Estate in the South Downs.

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Nyetimber on offer at Goedhuis event for Starlight Foundation

28th March 2012

English sparkling wine Nyetimber will be on offer this year as wine merchant Goedhuis hosts its third annual Summer Rose Tasting in aid of the Starlight Children's Foundation.

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Major new Sussex wine estate starts planting

26th March 2012

A former hedge fund manager is setting out to plant what will one of the largest vineyards in England, in the South Downs in East Sussex.

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Olympic wines revealed

13th March 2012

London wine merchant Bibendum has revealed a list of wines that will be served at the London Olympics this summer.

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Camel Valley and Ridge View top latest blind test

8th March 2012

English sparkling favourites Camel Valley and Ridge View came out ahead in a major tasting of 94 sparkling wines – most of them from the UK - held in London last week.

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English vineyard set for first 'terroir' designation

6th February 2012

Camel Valley Vineyards in Cornwall has submitted the UK's first single grower application for Protected Designation of Origin status.

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Sales of English wine booming, say Berry Bros

14th December 2011

Sales of English wine - both sparkling and still - have boomed over the last year, London wine merchant Berry Bros and Rudd says.

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Ridgeview to make Waitrose sparkling

31st October 2011

Waitrose has announced that English winery Ridgeview will make the UK supermarket's own-brand sparkling wine, due for launch in 2014.

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English wine producers salute 'quality' vintage

27th September 2011

The English wine harvest has started in summer-like temperatures – and producers are delighted with the quality of the crop.

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World sparkling experts at Denbies for international conference

20th September 2011

Some of the most experienced figures in the sparkling wine world will be speaking at the International Sparkling Wine Symposium 2011.

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Duchess of Cornwall to be figurehead for English wine

26th July 2011

The Duchess of Cornwall has been appointed president of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

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New website for English sparkling wine

21st July 2011

A new website has been set up to showcase and sell English sparkling wines.

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English wine community split over new names for sparkling

1st July 2011

Two new generic names coined for English sparkling wine have had a very mixed reception in the English wine community.

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Chapoutier looks for English vineland

12th May 2011

Michel Chapoutier is looking for land to make wine in England, he has told Decanter.com.

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English wine producers search for signs of royal favour

28th April 2011

At least two English wine producers are on tenterhooks as they wait to see if their wine will be served at the Royal Wedding on Friday.

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Sussex Sparkler takes media by storm

6th September 2010

The announcement of RidgeView's historic win at the DWWA last week had regional, national and even international journalists queing up to interview the winning winemakers.

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English rosés lead the way in 2010 English & Welsh Wine Competition

21st June 2010

For the first time in over five years, more Gold medals were won by still wines than by sparkling wines in last week’s 2010 English & Welsh Wine Competition

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Nyetimber beats Bollinger, Roederer in sparkling competition

29th January 2010

English sparkling wine Nyetimber has beaten the likes of Bollinger and Louis Roederer to be named Champion of Worldwide Sparking Wines at an Italian competition.

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UK vineyard area up by half since 2004

16th June 2009

UK vineyard area has grown by 45% over the last four years with 1,106 hectares now under vine.

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Vinopolis runs English wine week preview

30th April 2008

Wine experts including Oz Clarke and Jancis Robinson MW have chosen a selection of English wines to be shown at Vinopolis in the run up to English wine week.

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UK sparkling wine tasting highlights challenge to high street Champagne

10th March 2008

English sparkling wine has shown that it has the potential to challenge highstreet Champagne, a Decanter tasting has proved.

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UK vineyards exempt from EU vine-planting ban

10th January 2008

Vineyards in England and Wales will be exempt from EU-wide planting restrictions – among the most controversial of the EU wine reforms.

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UK Wine of the Year competition shows industry is flourishing

24th July 2007

Attracting a record number of entries in 2007, the longest running competition for UK-produced wine offers further proof of an industry on the rise.

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English wine sales rocketing

13th May 2002

English wine may taste of rain, but sales are rocketing.

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