ENGLISH WINE REGIONS
UK Wine Regions
The UK is a premium wine producing region with over 500 vineyards in England and Wales producing award winning still and sparkling wines.
The Romans planted the first vines in Britain.
In the last 10 years vineyards have doubled in size and are set to grow by a further 50% by 2020.
Hambledon vineyard in Hampshire was the first vineyard to be established in 1951.
Sussex, Kent and Surrey are the 3 major wine producing regions with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bacchus being the top 3 grape varieties.
Over 50% of the grapes produced in England are those used to produce sparkling wines.
England has slightly cooler climate than the Champagne region in France. Expected warmer weather will result in better quality English grapes, while Champagne is in danger of becoming too hot. England and Champagne share a very similar terroir and English sparkling wines are produced using the traditional 'methode champenoise' using the same grapes that are used in Champagne, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.