There has never been such an exciting time for English wine. A new generation of knowledgeable winemakers with modern techniques and technologies, combined with improving climatic conditions have contributed to the newfound success. Today, there are more than 450 vineyards across the country and approximately 1800ha under vine. Around the world, England is being recognised for its premium sparkling wines as well as its still.
English Wine Week, a national campaign designed to raise awareness of English wine across the country, is kicking off at the end of the month on May 27th. There are a wide range of activities which take place across the country to celebrate English Wine Week, involving both retail and leisure outlets, and at the vineyards themselves. There are lots of ways to get involved! Consider adding a special English wine list, tasting flight, set menu/pairings, adding a glass to afternoon tea, using tent cards to grab people’s attention, or even hosting a winemaker dinner.
Jascots Wine Merchants Buying & Marketing Director Adam Porter commented, “English wine has reached a critical point. Its high quality has been widely recognised by critics worldwide and consumers are catching on. Combine this with the recent trend toward ‘local food’ and ‘craft drinks’ it’s not hard to see why demand is on the rise.” In their recent On-Trade research, they found that English sparkling wine listings had grown by 27% in the last year alone, with England overtaking Spain for the number 3 spot, ranking just behind Champagne and Italy respectively.
Jascots has expanded their portfolio in the last year to satisfy consumer demand, now including 18 wines from 6 producers across the country: Harrow & Hope from Buckinghamshire, Nyetimber, and Bolney Estate from West Sussex, Three Choirs from Gloucestershire, Lyme Bay from Devon and Sixteen Ridges from Worcestershire.
At the next CODE Industry night on 22nd May at Hixter Bankside, Lyme Bay wines will be available to try and members of the Jascots team will be on-hand to discuss English wine further.