Although England has emerged as a supplier and exponential consumer of beer and whisky, it’s also a wine producer. While its colder weather is not quite suitable for the development of vineyards, there are many wine producing areas. Increasingly there are more wine producers in its over 400 vineyards.
Defining and discussing an English wine style is somewhat complicated, because there is a wide range of grape varieties and microclimates within the English and Welsh soil. Experts state that wines are usually very floral, with fresh flavours and an acidic end, a combination that can be very pleasant, which opens new possibilities in the consumption of wines of that country.
A large portion, 90%, of the English wine production is white, being Seyval blanc one of the most important varieties, in addition to Baco and Reichensteiner, while others are chardonnay, which results in wines with body and highly fresh.
Red wines are also produced to a lesser extent, with varieties of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Dornfelder.
One of the great successes of recent years has been the production of sparkling wines, which are replacing some champagnes in their consumption and purchase, gaining ground even at international competitions in blind tastings.
English wine sales are increasing in recent years. Something that would explain this growth in producers, betting on new vineyards and boosting their production.
Closely followed by French wines, English wines are slowly gaining ground, winning international awards for their quality.
Kenton Estate Red 2013: a red wine Devon which blend contains 2013 grapes. 4 points on 5 is the valuation Uvinum’s users gave to Kenton Estate Red 2013.
Hush Heath Estate produces Hush Heath Estate Balfour Brut Rose 2010, a sparkling wine from the Kent DO from the 2010 harvest.
Shawsgate Bacchus 2013: a white wine of the Suffolk DO from the 2013 harvest.
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009: a sparkling wine Sussex of the vintage 2009. 4 points on 5 is the average of the consumers valuations Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 on Uvinum.