The WSTA is delighted to launch its new English Wine Trail

The WSTA is delighted to launch its new English Wine Trail celebrating the best of the UK’s vineyards.

Following the success of the WSTA London and Scotland Gin Trails we decided it was time to showcase some of our fantastic English vineyards and their winemakers. 

The full wine trail can be downloaded here

Each stop on the trail welcomes the public to sample and buy world class still and sparkling wine. Some vineyards run tours and others have restaurants, cafes, shops, visitor centres and accommodation available.

We encourage readers to explore the stunning countryside and learn more about this fascinating and rapidly growing industry.

In 2015 there were 502 commercial vineyards registered in England and Wales and 133 registered wine producers.

In the last 10 years the area of planted vines has more than doubled and is set to grow by a further 50% by 2020.

Production is set to double to 10 million bottles per year by 2020.

UK winemakers now offer a range of white, rose and some red wine and have moved towards producing sparkling wine in the traditional method used in Champagne. The success of these wines has led Champagne houses to look to invest in vineyards in the south of England as the chalky soils and climate are similar to those found in the Champagne region.

Miles Beale Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association said:  

“English wine has never been in a better place. Our wine producers are now gaining global recognition for making some of the best wines in the world. This is reflected in the impressive collection of awards won in the last few years.  Post Brexit there are opportunities which could see the English industry grow even more than predicted - and without fear of production limits imposed by EU red tape. 

“We hope that Theresa May's government will pick up where the last government left off and continue the drive to serve British drinks at all government and state events. 

“It is high time that our stunning English vineyards are recognised as tourism hotspots – they are now not only places to drink great wine, but also to eat fantastic locally sourced food and stay in top class accommodation. And that’s why we have produced the WSTA English Wine Trail.

“When you visit one of England’s finest vineyards you can be left in no doubt that the English wine industry has a sparkling future.”

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