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British Food Fortnight: Spotlight on English Wines
In honour of British Food Fortnight, we’re shining the spotlight on our English wine selection and sharing some facts you might not know about the UK’s wine industry!
1- The English wine industry has almost tripled its turnover since 2010. Making a name for itself even amongst old-world wine countries such as France and Germany, the UK is fast becoming a notable producer as well as a consumer country. In line with the blossoming industry, more and more UK drinkers are turning to wine as their tipple of choice, with it finding particular popularity among young adults.
2. So what’s driving this UK wine boom? One of the English wine industry’s most popular exports is its sparkling wine, particularly the varieties produced in Sussex. The soil in this region is renowned for producing premium-quality wine and is largely limestone chalk soils - the same type found in the Champagne region.
3. If you needed further proof that the UK is making its name in the sparkling wine market, Champagne powerhouse Taittinger purchased land in Kent, England in 2015 in order to begin growing the area’s three most popular grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
4. Another notable name in the same region, the Chapel Down of Kent is making a name for itself by constantly innovating within the industry. In fact, this south-England winery was the first to produce orange wine (in case you’re wondering, it’s most succinctly described as a white wine that’s made like a red wine).
5. But it’s not all about the southerners. There are also lesser-known regions of England that are making a name in the wine industry, such as East Anglia. This area is fast becoming famous for the Bacchus grape - one of British wine’s most popular exports.