English sparkling wine: the facts
Planted area: 2,000ha approx
Wine production: average 5.09 million 750ml bottles annually (between 2013 and 2015)
Vineyards and wineries: 502 vineyards and 135 wineries
Main growing areas: five counties dominate the British wine-growing scene. Kent, West Sussex, East Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey make up 62% of UK vineyards
Stephen Skelton MW says, ‘The UK sparkling wine industry has come a long way in 20 years since the first Champagne-variety based wine was released and won a gold medal in an international wine competition.
Today, the fact is that the UK can produce very high quality bottle-fermented sparkling wines and, despite marked vintage variation, winemakers are able to turn out wines with interest and expression of fruit, which stand up to comparison with wines produced in seemingly more favourable climatic conditions and by winemakers with undoubtedly more history and more experience.’
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