In 2020, 36% of the UK’s total wine production was dedicated to still wines, according to the latest WineGB Industry Survey, which marks significant growth from 2019’s 28%.
From England’s potential ‘poster grape’ Bacchus, to Champagne classics such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, in addition to more obscure cool-climate German varieties, there’s an ever-growing range of quality English still wines that feature aromatic charm and cleansing crisp fruit.
English wine: the facts*
Planted area: 3,800ha under vine (including estimated plantings in 2021 of 1.4m vines). 98% of the plantings are in England.
Wine production: 8.7million bottles were produced in 2020
Vineyards and wineries: 800 vineyards and 178 wineries
Main growing areas: South East (61.5%), Wessex (12%) and East Anglia (10%) are the top three growing regions.
Styles: Sparkling wines account for 64% of the total production. 36% are still wines (2020).
Main grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Bacchus account for 83% of all plantings.
(*Source: 2019 and 2020 WineGB Industry Survey)