The history of English and Welsh wine making is young in comparison to other wine growing regions of the world due to our climate. However, in recent years, wine is is being made right along the South Coast, throughout the South West, South Wales and in East Anglia. In total, there are more than 200 vineyards in England and Wales now. In fact, 2018 was a record-breaking year for English and Welsh wines according to a recent survey of growers. The grape harvest was up 130% on the previous year ,which equates to nearly 15.6 million bottles of wine being produced in 2018.
The majority of wine is white with varieties such as Bacchus, Sauvignon Blanc and Seyval Blanc being popular. Pinot Noir is also grown widely and this is used in some sparkling wines, which are growing in reputation. In fact, England has been producing some high quality, award winning sparkling wines for a number of years now. There are also some reds being produced with common grapes being Rondo and again Pinot Noir. There has been more success with red wines in recent years following hotter than average summers.
English wine production is fairly expensive, due to high land and labour costs. Consequently only high quality wines tend to be produced.
English and Welsh vegan wine is a bit of a hit and miss affair. However, we have noticed some vineyards are starting to take notice of the growing demand for vegan wines and are going through the certification process. For more information on what makes wine vegan, please click here.