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.

 

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UK Sparkling: May 2013 panel tasting results

25th October 2013

There may have been no Outstanding scores, but our judges were impressed at the consistently high quality, particularly from Chardonnay and from the 2009 and 2010 vintages in our panel tasting as...

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Hambleon Vineyard official winery opening

11th July 2013

Look through our gallery of photos from the official launch of Hambledon Vineyard's new winery....

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5 great English sparkling roses

10th February 2012

If you're looking for an alternative to the traditional Valentine's Day purchase of rose Champagne, why not take inspiration from the five of the best English sparkling roses.

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English Wine: Expert's choice

2nd December 2011

English wine is officially a hot topic, says Susy Atkins, especially the fizz, the best of which rivals Champagne in style, quality and price. See Susy's pick of 21 four and five star sparkling...

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Great English Vineyards

31st May 2011

To celebrate English wine week, we bring you a selection of photographs showing the estates of England's most famous wine producers.