Harpers: English vine plantings to rise by up to 70% this year

Sales of English wine jumped by almost a third (31%) between 2015 and last year, according to a new survey of the country’s winemakers.

Production will soar again this year, with the estimated 1 million vines planted across 6,200 acres in 2017 expected to rise by up to 70%.

The Wine Intelligence survey of 168 English producers for WineGB, which was revealed at the combined trade body’s first tasting yesterday in London, put last year’s production at 5.9 million bottles.

Sixty eight per cent of these were sparkling, the survey found. Champagne varietals Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are the most popular grapes, accounting for 71% of all vines. Pinot Noir leads in terms of acreage. Chardonnay yields the highest tonnage.

“This is significant growth in an industry that has seen a considerable period of expansion over the last two decades,” said WineGB chairman Simon Robinson.

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