WIN glassware this English Wine Week (23rd-31st May)
English Wine Week is a week to celebrate our increasingly impressive home-grown English wines. You’ll find lots of offers on English wines from wine merchants this week, as well as tastings and tours at our beautiful English vineyards. You can also win some exquisite Spiegelau glassware on our social media to raise a toast to this national celebration!
“I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humour and English wine.” Peter Ustinov.
If you’ve not heard much about English wine before, that may be understandable.
Not long ago, aficionados would have had a bit of a chuckle at our wines. But today English wine is taken seriously: it’s having the last laugh as it’s fast catching-up and overtaking prestigious wine brands in quality. The success has encouraged more growth in the English wine industry: there are now over 400 vineyards in England and Wales, producing a record-breaking 6.3 million bottles in 2014.
It is estimated that some 4 million of these wines produced in 2014 were sparkling wines, whose production has increased by nearly 150% in the last 5 years. The success of sparkling wine production in the UK is due to the country’s complimentary growing conditions for this variety. England’s own Nyetimber Classic Cuvee rivals (and often beats in blind-tasting) even the big names in Champagne. As well as winning international awards, English sparkling wines like Ridgeview have been poured for the Queen and government at special events, as well as President Barack Obama on a visit to Buckingham Palace.
“In the last 15 years English sparkling wines have won 8 trophies for Best
International Sparkling Wine and 4 trophies for Best Sparkling Rose in global
competitions – no other country has achieved this.” English Wine Producers, 2014.
Still wine production also continues to thrive: approximately 24% of English wine produced is white wine, and 10% is red/rosé. The English wine industry is something to be proud of and supported, with sales predicted to grow to £100 million by 2015.
Want to get involved? Some English wines can now be sourced easily from the high street as well as their wineries, including in stores like Marks & Spencer and Waitrose.
Here are some brands to look out for:
Nyetimber (London) nyetimber.com
Ridgeview (Sussex) ridgeview.co.uk
Denbies (Surrey) denbies.co.uk
Three Choirs (Midlands) three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk
Chapel Down (Kent) chapeldown.com
Bolney (West Sussex) bolneywineestate.com
Langham (Dorset) langhamwine.co.uk
Bluebell (East Sussex) bluebellvineyard.co.uk
Camel Valley (Cornwall) camelvalley.com
Browse our Pinterest board of English wines.