This week is English Wine Week so we’ve tasked our resident wine expert, ‘The Wine Tipster’ Neil Phillips, with teaching us a thing or two about home grown grapes. He’s also got seven of his favourite English tipples for us to try at home – before we’re finally allowed to venture to the pub and restaurants from next weekend.
Think wine and you could be forgiven for thinking we must head straight to the sections marked FRANCE, SPAIN or NEW ZEALAND in the aisles of our supermarkets and favourite wine shops. Not so!
Britain has been an ever-improving force to be reckoned with on the wine scene and its best bottles aren’t just limited to a handful of leading producers either.
Did you know that:
- There are 164 commercial wineries, and 763 vineyards across England and Wales (you can explore the different vineyards HERE..
- There are normally 150 vineyards open to visitors.
- By 2040, bottle sales of English wine are predicted to reach 40 million.
- More than two thirds (69%) of all bottles sold in England and Wales are sparkling.
As a celebration from wines of Great Britain, English Wine Week provides an opportunity to buy wine from local suppliers, learn more about the journey from grape to bottle and engage with the inspiring home-grown wines available on our doorsteps.
Many vineyards and retailers across the country have been taking part via virtual tasting sessions and events, all to mark the start of what should be a glorious summer for wine.
The warm weather has seen early flowering in vineyards and if this dry spell continues, we can look forward to a bumper harvest in 2020.
Here I take a look at some exceptional bottles of locally produced wine ranging from drinks to be enjoyed on special occasions to some delicious options for under £10.