It All Started With the Romans
Vines have been grown in England since Roman times for winemaking. The Doomsday book refers to over 42 vineyards in Southern England at the end of the 11th Century and there are now more than 400 vineyards in England and Wales producing still and sparkling wines.
In recent years, English sparkling wines have secured growing worldwide recognition, winning some of the most cherished awards and trophies in international competitions. Geological mapping proves that the chalky sub-strata of the South Downs is identical to that of the best Chardonnay vineyards in Champagne, and this has added yet more excitement about the quality potential of the wines.
A few Facts about English and Welsh Vineyards: (sourced from Englishwineproducers.co.uk):
Number of commerical Vineyards: 5013 (2015 Figures)
Number of Wineries: 133 (2015 Figures)
Average annual Production (bottle equivalent): 5.27m Bottles
(Based on a three year average 2013-2015)
Approx style of wines produced:
Wine production is set to double in volume by 2020- with predicted volumes increasing from 5m bottle average to 10m bottles.