Home grown English wines have really grown both in popularity and production over the last decade and whilst you may be more familiar with award winning sparklings, the whites are certainly giving European wines a good run for their money and the reds have seen marked improvements too.
English Wine Week (28th May – 5th June), the perfect excuse to try something new.
The team here love the wines from Bolney Estate – we’ve been working with this West Sussex based family run vineyard for over five years, the love and attention to their vines and production methods are justly reflected in their numerous awards. Their sparkling is absolutely cracking, pop into our Greenwich Wine Shop over the bank holiday weekend (28th-30th May) to taste their sparkling, Lychgate white and red.
Chapel Down is a very well known English producer and we’re proud to also support this Kent based winery.
If you’re City based head to Davy’s Wine House, Holborn, 31st May to try a selection of English wines.
The other great thing about drinking English wines not to be overlooked is that the vines are grown and wines bottled on UK soil meaning less impact on the environment and an overall feeling of well-being when drinking!
The UK’s vital statistics…
In 2014 there were:
- 135 wineries …tending to 470 vineyards… producing 6.3 million bottles of wine in one year
- Broken down the styles of wines produced were:
Sparkling 66% | Still white 24% | Still red/rosé 10%
Find out what events are going on in your area over English Wine Week.