33% of the UK vineyards are dedicated to Pinot Noir and 13% to Pinot Meunier, according to the 2019 WineGB Industry Survey. They are key components to making not only the classic English Blanc de Noirs, but also sparkling and still rosés.
The cool English climate enables producers to make fashionable pinks of crisp acidity and fresh red berry fruits. Pinot Noir plays a crucial part in shaping the styles and characteristics for most of them, but there are also a handful of examples where Pinot Meunier plays the leading role.
More minor red varieties such as Rondo and Dornfelder can also contribute to fruity, light-hearted pink wines.
This Valentine’s day, try some of our top-scoring English sparkling and still rosés, including stylish examples from London’s urban wineries, scored above 88 points and priced between £14 to £40.
English wine: the facts*
Planted area: 2,500ha approx
Wine production: 10.5million bottles were produced in 2019
Vineyards and wineries: 770 vineyards and 165 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 72% of the total production. 28% are still wines. In 2018, red and rosé account for just 10% of the total production.
(*Source: 2019 WineGB Industry Survey)