English wine

English wine is currently enjoying the spotlight with the world focused on which varieties will be attached to two of this year's biggest events: the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.

With approximately 1,500 ha of land under vine, more than 400 vineyards and a 60% production increase in the last five years English wine is fast becoming a variety worth getting to know.

English sparkling wine specifically has been highly praised for its quality, often rivaling that of Champagne.

Some of the most recognisable English wine varieties include: Ridgeview Estate, Denbies, Chapel Down, Hush Heath, Camel Valley and Nyetimber.

English rose sparkling

Camilla Duchess wine

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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Camilla and Ian Kellet Hambledon Winery

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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English sparkling wine, Chapel Down

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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Three Choirs

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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Diamond Jubilee

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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