Introducing East Anglia

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk,
Suffolk, London North & East

Meet the Chair: Laura Robinson

of Burn Valley Vineyard, North Creake, Fakenham, Norfolk

"We are delighted to be hosting #EastAnglianWineNight on 22nd May. It provides a focal point for our vineyards to connect with their loyal customers, who are sustaining our businesses throughout this crisis.

Until the lockdown, our customers chose to visit our stunning vineyards in ever increasing numbers and purchase wines at our cellar doors and this has clearly not been possible.

Wine tastings have gone virtual through Zoom or delivered via Facebook live and other social media platforms, and sales are online or via drive-in wine shops. The #EnglishWineNight initiative is a way of interacting directly but remotely with our customers and saying thank you for buying local during this difficult time.”

About the Region

Vineyard area 2019: 143 ha (4 % of national figure)

Number of vineyards in 2019: 92

East Anglian wine drinkers are enjoying the delicious wines produced in this region from a number of well-known grape varieties such as Bacchus, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to some of the more obscure such as Madeline Angevine, Solaris and Huxelrebe to name just a few. East Anglian grapes are recognised for their lovely fruit combined with well balanced acidity, pairing well with much of the fantastic food produced in our region, especially our seafood.

Due to the rich variety of soils, from light loams and clay, to flint and chalk and finally alluvial gravel, matched with the driest climate in the country, we have fantastic conditions for growing fruit driven still and sparkling wines.

  • Saffron Grange, Cambridgeshire, for example, are solely sparkling wine producers due to chalk soils.
  • Coblands are the newest planting, in 6th May 2020, with 15000 vines in Suffolk.
  • Warden Abbey, Bedfordshire is the oldest vineyard, planted by Cistercian monks in the 12th Century.
  • New Hall in Purleigh: Did you know that this was originally Bad King Johns Vineyard and in 1215 wine from Purleigh was drunk at the sealing of the Magna Carta?
  • Winbirri – Won the Decanter World Wine Award for best wine for its 2016 Bacchus
  • Flint Vineyard's wines are listed by Berry Brothers and Rudd.

Find more here: https://www.eastanglianwines.co.uk/english-wine-awards/

DON’T FORGET TO TUNE IN!:

Instagram – Twitter – Facebook – YouTube

  • At 7pm each Friday log on to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, follow the activity by using the hashtag #EnglishWineNight
  • Take photos or even a video to share your enjoyment of English or Welsh wines
  • Feel free to post and share your photo/video
  • Feel free to ask questions or start a conversation with other live followers. Team WineGB and winemakers will be online throughout the hour to respond and join in the conversation
  • Open and enjoy some English or Welsh wine! Search for a local vineyard or retailer – many are listed on our SHOP LOCAL listings page that highlights where you can order wines online that can be delivered to your door
  • Remember to tag all posts with hashtag #EnglishWineNight plus @WineGB (Instagram/Facebook), @Wine_GB (Twitter). We’ll be reposting any posts we are tagged in
  • You will be able to view all the videos via our YouTube channel

Are you a vineyard? Get involved! More information here.

Download the evening's promotional banners (click on the images, then right click and 'Save Image As').