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How English wines are increasing their success

 TAGS:undefinedProbably wine is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about England. We usually associate the British with only pints of beers, the ideal drink to enjoy an exciting game of football over the weekend. However, England is now a wine region to take into account, especially because of its sparkling wines that are capable of beating champagnes and other sparkling wines of the highest quality in the most prestigious international competitions.

The English wine industry is a growing one, especially referring Kent and Sussex regions. In the last five years, about 200 new wineries have been created, the land devoted to the wine harvest has doubled to 5,000 acres, and its production has doubled, surpassing 5 million bottles.

We¡re talking about an industry still in the making that is beginning to make its way in the international market. If we compare the data with those regions with a greater wine tradition, much remains to be done. For example, the UK exported 250,000 bottles of wine last year, just a fraction of the 150 million bottles of champagne exported by France annually.

But the reputation of these wines is not due to quantity, but to quality. English sparkling wines have won nine awards for the Best International Sparkling Wine and six for the Best Pink with Needle in global competitions over the last 15 years. An enviable figure that has made evident the great potential of these wines, facilitating their conquest to the most demanding palates around the world.

The growing prestige gained in recent years has led to an increase in international demand, forcing them to boost their production destined for foreign markets. In fact, English wine industry is expected to multiply 10 times the exports by 2020, or the equivalent of 2.5 million bottles. Perhaps by this date it will be more common to enjoy an exquisite glass of English wine when watching a football game of the famous English Premier League.


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Characteristics of English wines


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.

White wines

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

Red wines are also produced to a lesser extent, with varieties of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Dornfelder.

Sparkling wines

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.

International Awards

Closely followed by French wines, English wines are slowly gaining ground, winning international awards for their quality.


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