Pick one of these English sparkling wines to serve to family and friends this Christmas...
English sparkling wines for Christmas
About two-thirds of everything England produces is sparkling, and the wines are generally made from the same grapes as Champagne; Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the two most widely planted varieties in England and, together with Pinot Meunier, they account for approximately half of all plantings.
The climate and soil conditions – particularly in the south of England – are also very similar to the Champagne region, as well as the production method (using the ‘traditional method’), so you still get the toasty, brioche flavours.
Copy originally written by Susie Barrie MW. Wines updated in December 2018.