Sales of English wines are booming, this is why!
Let’s talk English wines. Who’d have thought it? Homegrown English bubbly is giving champagne a run for its money, and according to latest figures, the English wine industry has grown by 16% in 12 months.
Fizzing with excitement, producers enjoyed a record year in 2016 with revenues soaring to £132 million, according to online business finance company, Funding Options.
And not only are English wines gaining popularity among consumers, they’re being ranked – and winning awards – alongside traditional white wine-producing countries like France and Germany.
With the future of English winemaking looking bright, here six reasons to serve some up this summer…
1. We’ve never won so many medals!
English winemakers excelled at this year’s International Wine Challenge (IWC), being awarded an outstanding 108 medals – including a record-breaking 16 golds – by the panel of judges. As Oz Clarke, Co-Chairman of the IWC, puts it: “It’s been another fantastic year for English wine.”
“Wine production in England has come so far in the past 20 years and we are definitely seeing the efforts of our producers pay off. With time comes experience and this is really starting to show,” says Oz.
“It’s thrilling to think that up and down the country, we’re producing outstanding wines that are able to stand up in international competition. This would have been almost unthinkable less than a decade ago.”
2. An English wine is being served at Wimbledon
Pimm’s may be the drink most associated with Wimbledon (more than 280,000 glasses of the fruity gin-based favourite were quaffed during last year’s Championships), but English wine producer Bolney Wine Estate is also serving up an ace with their Bolney Estate Pinot Gris 2016, which is on the wine list in hospitality for the third year running.
A dry white with fragrant aromas of rose, jasmine and pear, and a creamy, slightly honeyed character, it’s also a double trophy and gold medal winner at the UK Wine Awards 2017.
3. John Lewis is the first retailer to sell English sparkle in a magnum
Let’s face it, one bottle is never enough and for your go-to summer sparkle, a magnum not only looks impressive but the wines taste better.
The larger format (12 glasses on average, instead of six) enables the wine to develop more complex flavours, and going up in size makes a whole lot of sense if you’re entertaining friends or family.
Luckily for us, John Lewis is championing the trend. Bolney’s Cuvee Rose and Blanc de Blancs (£60, 150cl) is the first English magnum to be listed by the retailer.
4. The oldest wine club in the world has just launched its own label English sparkling wine
The Wine Society, created in London in 1874, has introduced a non-vintage blend to its flagship Exhibition range.
Made from the three classic champagne grapes: chardonnay, pinot noir and meunier, The Society’s Exhibition English Sparkling Wine NV (£21, The Wine Society) is produced for them by Ridgeview in Sussex, who also collected a Gold at this year’s IWC Awards.
5. England’s oldest vineyard is hosting its first wine festival
Visiting a vineyard is a great way to polish up your wine knowledge, and this summer, Hambledon in Hampshire is set to host its first ever wine festival, with TV wine expert Joe Wadsack hosting masterclasses and the chance to taste some gold medal-winning fizz up for grabs.
Taking place in the picturesque village of Hambledon on Sunday, August 6, with events running from 11am-4pm, you can enjoy a wine tour, sample award-winning wines, feast on local Hampshire produce – or just kick back and relax with a glass of something delicious and enjoy the jazz band.
6. This pretty blue label has been voted the best of the bunch
Wiston Estate in the heart of England’s rolling South Downs in West Sussex, romped home with not only a platinum medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017, but also ‘Best in Category’ for UK sparkling white.
Described as ‘refreshing and fine, with the fragrance and fruit of an English orchard’, the 2013 displays a more opulent expression of the Wiston Estate Cuvee Brut style.
A blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and meunier, it’s another standout success of our homegrown wines. Cheers!
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