We want to spread a bit of cheer right now – so here are some great reasons to keep enjoying Great British wine, even at this quieter time of the year.
1. It’s Award Winning
English and Welsh wines boast a wide range of accolades across the globe, scooping medals and trophies in international wine competitions over many years. In last year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), Dorset’s Langham Wine Estate beat Champagne and other top sparkling wines the world over to take the trophy for Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year. In the 2020 International Wine Challenge (IWC), Great Britain was ranked in 8th position worldwide out of 55 countries that entered wines, with 14 wines of our wines winning Gold medals.
In our own competition last year - the WineGB Awards - we celebrated some fantastic successes from around the UK, from top regional winners to our Supreme Champion. This year’s competition will be taking place in June, with a glittering line up of judges headed up by co-chairs Susie Barrie MW and Oz Clarke – look out for more information in the weeks to come!
2. It's Sustainable
Drinking home-grown wines can help reduce your carbon footprint – and you will be supporting a local business too. The industry has developed its own sustainability programme to ensure its long-term future, whose founder members alone account for over 50% of vineyard hectarage. Several have already received Sustainable Wines of Great Britain (SWGB) accreditation with more going through the process – find out more here.
3. It's a true expression of terroir
The cooler summers and temperate climate along with the range of soils found across the country help create deliciously fresh wines with crisp acidity and orchard fruit aromas, giving our wines their own distinct style. Discover more about the varieties and styles produced in Britain.
4. It's innovative
Our grape growers and winemakers are pushing the boundaries of excellence by growing grapes in our cooler climates and using it to produce finesse and elegance in our sparkling wines. The majority of what we produce is using the Classic Method.
Traditionally the three Champagne grapes are used (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) but UK producers are also experimenting with different varieties. Additionally, other methods of sparkling wine production are now also being employed, achieving some great results.
Our still wines now cover a wide range styles – whites from bone dry, aromatic and oak aged to sweet; orange wines, rosés and red – and using a variety of winemaking methods including oak barrels, wild ferment even qvevri. There is so much to discover and to match with an array of delicious dishes.
5. It’s served at the highest tables
You will be in very good company; From Buckingham Palace and Downing Street to British Embassies the world over, English and Welsh wines are flying the flag for Britain at home and abroad.
You too can enjoy our fine wines on any occasion – visit our Shop Local pages to find out more.
6. It’s patriotic
Just as the Beatles, the Mini, Fish & Chips and Cliff Richard rank amongst the pride of Britain, so too can our Great British wines. British food and drink is our largest export category. Exports of GB wines have been growing in the last years, with US and Scandinavia our best overseas customers. This year the message to Buy British is never been more prevalent – at home and abroad.
7. It’s a growing industry
The wine industry is one of the fastest-growing agricultural sectors in Britain, with grapes grown or wine produced in all counties in England, North and South Wales and on the borders of Scotland. There are now over 700 vineyards and 165 wineries located across Britain. Well over 200 are open to the public, offering a range of facilities from tours and tastings, café, restaurant, even accommodation in some cases. When we can go out and about again, check out a vineyard near you.
8. It’s readily available
Vineyards may currently be closed to visitors, but English and Welsh wines are still widely available online and in some cases click and collect from the cellar door – and of course through supermarkets and independent retailers. Visit our Shop Local pages.