I came across this wonderful infographic recently that conveys the essence of the English (and Welsh – and soon to be Scottish!) wine industry. While viticulture in England dates back to Roman times – with vineyards found as far north as York – it is still a tiny player on the world stage, with most production set for domestic consumption. Still small can be good – very good in the case of English Sparkling Wine, which can rival champagne – and there is no shortage of enthusiasm.
There are now 1,500 acres of vines planted in the UK – more than ever before. While most of these are concentrated in the south east of England, there are vineyards in Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Wales and (from 2014) even Scotland!
Here’s a sample of the infographic. For the full version, click this link.
- In praise of … English sparkling wines | Editorial (theguardian.com)
- The Most Remarkable Microclimates in the UK (everest.co.uk)
- England’s best vineyards (wineappellation.co.uk)